Category Archives: human rights

The Best Jimikki Kammal Videos Yet Show Kerala Muslim Women Dancing with Blazing Political Purpose

Over the weekend, women in Kerala decided to express their political support for the Malappuram girls through the best medium: Jimikki Kammal dance videos.

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“The videos will exist for posterity. Maybe someday, some child in the future will ask her grandmother why these women were dancing so seriously to such a silly song. Where was there a cheering crowd of protesters around them? And she will tell her the story all over again, of how women came together to dance in support of other woman, and the child will smile, and be inspired by – and, possibly, a little alarmed at – the passion of her ancestors. And that will be enough.”

Ed Sheeran means well but this poverty porn has to stop | Afua Hirsch

Aid adverts featuring ‘white saviours’ may bring in cash but they remove dignity from those in crisis, says author Afua Hirsch

Source: Ed Sheeran means well but this poverty porn has to stop | Afua Hirsch

But what will really effect change is not charity but activism. The problem with adverts of this kind is that, by denying viewers any context as to who “the victims” are, or the structural factors that have contributed to their situation, they give the impression that the suffering is inevitable. It is not. Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, which the UN has called the worst in the world, is being exacerbated by the continuing blockade by Saudi Arabia, one of Britain’s closest allies. Lobbying the government to stop selling arms to the Saudis would have a far greater impact than charity.