In Bad Faith: The New Yorker and its Transphobia

By Huma Munshi Close your eyes and imagine struggling to do simple acts such as going out to buy a pint of milk or catching a train to work. Imagine that this is because the way you present does not align with mainstream societies view of what it means to be male or female. My… Read More

If tokenistic gestures towards diversity worked, Sayeeda Warsi would be a Secretary of State

by Huma Munshi Diversity has been leading the news this week: from women bishops, to the Conservatives Cabinet reshuffle. Listening to Bonnie Greer in conversation with the MP Linda Grant at the National Theatre recently about her memoirs, brought home why representation and the ‘D’ word matters. The audience at the National Theatre was a… Read More

White supremacy remains intact despite the increase in interracial relationships

by Huma Munshi It’s been a strange tale of race relations of late. On the one hand, research indicates that one in ten relationships are between people from different ethnic backgrounds. Yet on the other hand, the effects of institutional racism are as potent ever. It can come as no surprise that we are seeing… Read More

Class vs. Race how the liberal elite just don’t get it

By Huma Munshi As I was listening to Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday, I found myself gritting my teeth in frustration. The subject of black children and their aspirations was being discussed following recent research by Newsnight which shows that 21% of black children feel their skin colour would make it harder to succeed compared… Read More

Criminalising forced marriage: The risk of symbolic gestures

by Huma Munshi A young woman sits in front of the bank manager, her distress is palpable with tears streaming down her face; her voice comes out in desperate gasps. “Please don’t call the police; I can’t explain how awful things will get.” “They have broken the law, I have no choice.” He responds. “Please,… Read More

Expendable Lives: A snapshot of how men hate women

By Huma Munshi  Women are hated all over the world. Our lives are expendable in the face of family “honour” or a man’s spurned pride. This sounds like hyperbole but given how the news has unfolded of late, it is hard to dispute. In Lahore, Pakistan, Farzana Parveen was waiting outside a courthouse with the… Read More

As people of colour, voting is only one part of our civic duty

By Huma Munshi  It was Russell Brand that said he never voted. I was reminded of this on hearing the results of the local and European elections over the last few days. He noted in his New Statesman article: “I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people… Read More

If we no longer recognise ethnicity, does racism still exist?

by Huma Munshi   Last Friday night, Sunny Singh, a writer, lecturer and long-time resident of the UK was returning home from a night out with her brother and friend when they were subjected to an unprovoked and horrific racist attack. It included violence and repeated use of the “p” word. What made this situation particularly… Read More

As a Muslim woman, the kidnap in Nigeria has shaken my faith

by Huma Munshi  As a Muslim woman, I have some things in common with atheists. I wonder where God is when people are being murdered and brutalised. Where is God when the young girls in Nigeria were kidnapped? Where is he when young people all over the world are being abused? The vulnerable being exploited… Read More

Body Narratives sparks a debate on Muslim feminism

by Huma Munshi As a Muslim woman, a space to share my story and talk about my feminism is scarce and (therefore) precious. I was reminded how important these spaces are to me as I attended the launch of the Body Narratives exhibition, A Different Mirror. A discussion with some of the organisers inspired this… Read More