Lots happens in the world every day. In the past few weeks, it has been highlighted more than ever how important it is to be reading and learning about current events in the world.
I have been reading and learning about the Black Lives Matter campaign. This is such an important cause, and after "Blackout Tuesday" on social media just over weeks ago on June 2nd, 2020, it is something we must keep on reading and sharing and increasing everyone’s awareness of. We have recently watched 13th on Netflix, a documentary which explores the history of racial inequality in the United States. It is a very informing documentary and I would recommend watching it. Some other resources or ways to help include: signing Black Lives Matter petitions; reading books such as "Me and White Supremacy" by Layla F Saad; or listening to podcasts including the "Seeing White" series by Scene on Radio. What we can do is not limited to this list, there is so much more, but these are some places to start or continue, reading, listening and educating.
In the news yesterday was a very important issue, England Footballer Marcus Rashford shared an open letter he has written to all MPs in Parliament regarding the hugely important need we have as a country to support children with school meals over this summer, outside term time, understanding the pressures that families are currently under. Previously, this support was said to only be in place during normal school time. Yesterday, Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced that he thanked Rashford for bringing this issue to his attention and that children in need of school meals will have access to them over the summer. Rashford's campaign has led to approximately 1.3 million children in England being able to claim free school meals over summer. Such an important decision. Such an important campaign. So amazing to see the country come together, signing Rashford's petition and change happening.
I have also been reading "The Invisible Woman" by Caroline Criado Perez, understanding the huge data gap of women in our history. An incredible book exposing the bias of the world we live in towards men, showing us things that have just been accepted, we do not need to. For example, cupboards being too high for the average female to reach or how women are 47% more likely to be seriously injured in a car accident. It is a book I would recommend picking up to everyone.
Keep reading, learning, listening, educating.