Festivals, Climate Change & Nuclear War

Festivals, Climate Change & Nuclear War

On the podcast this month we have host Lizzie Teixeira, an alum from 2016-17, Grace Lousiy and Ben Shapiro taking a look back at some of the events from the past month and some of the lessons we have learned, and some of the things that world leaders might have also absorbed in an extremely volatile 30 days.

Alum Afsana at the Cabinet Office for Democracy Day

Alum Afsana at the Cabinet Office for Democracy Day

In a modern democracy political participation of all underrepresented groups are important to protect the interests and demands of minority groups.  Therefore all of these groups need to have an access to the political system. The modern democracy takes the views of ethnic minorities as just as important as majority views. And this was certainly Read more about Alum Afsana at the Cabinet Office for Democracy Day[…]

Social enterprises in the digital age

Social enterprises in the digital age

Tom is an alum from 2014-2015. He is now a consultant at EY, here are his thought on the potential synergy between Social Enterprises and digital tools. How would you define a social enterprise? For some, this concept is an unfamiliar one. For others, it is linked to the idea of an organisation placing purpose Read more about Social enterprises in the digital age[…]

Mental Health, Faith and Culture

Mental Health, Faith and Culture

This month Mamataj Begum, Grace Louisy and Juhi Verma are joined by Nikhwat Marawat an alum from the 2015-16 cohort and a mental health campaigner. His inspiration for being so brave and bringing attention to the issue particularly of people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds suffering from mental health problems but not feeling able Read more about Mental Health, Faith and Culture[…]

Alumni Turning Words Into Action

Alumni Turning Words Into Action

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), gave us the opportunity to attend the consultative meeting on the development of their Coalition Building Manual in Vienna. I was joined by my fellow alumni committee members, Lara Kaplan and Hashim Bhatti, where we were Read more about Alumni Turning Words Into Action[…]

Race, Faith, Gender and the BBC Pay Gap

Race, Faith, Gender and the BBC Pay Gap

This month Grace Louisy, Mamataj Begum and guest Charmaine Ibe talk about the BBC pay gap and how much this disproportionately affects women of BME backgrounds. They also look at the impact that agents have on the negotiation and the way that other broadcasters also make a big difference. They also acknowledge how much incredible work the BBC does do and the dilemmas created by schemes to help level the playing field for people from minority backgrounds.

My ParliaMentors Journey 2017

My ParliaMentors Journey 2017

10 months ago, we all came together from very different ethnic and religious backgrounds, at a time when fears about economic exclusion, immigration, national security threats and the terrible tragedy of Jo Cox’s murder drove a deep and painful divide between the Remainers and the Brexiteers. At such a defining moment in British history, we gathered Read more about My ParliaMentors Journey 2017[…]

Meet Alum Izzy Obeng: TEDx Speaker & Social Entrepreneur

Meet Alum Izzy Obeng: TEDx Speaker & Social Entrepreneur

Africa is on the brink of an entrepreneurial revolution. One powered by technology and led by the new players in Africa’s development – millennials. A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sharing my vision for Africa at a TEDx conference. I stood up on the stage, took a deep breath, and then Read more about Meet Alum Izzy Obeng: TEDx Speaker & Social Entrepreneur[…]

Should politics be led by our faith?

Should politics be led by our faith?

ParliaMentors Alumni committee chair, Juhi Verma. writes about the intersection of faith and politics, and how they might influence the upcoming election. “Religion should not be allowed to come into politics…religion is simply a matter between man and God.” ~ Muhammad Ali Jinnah “Those who believe religion and politics aren’t connected don’t understand either.” ~ Read more about Should politics be led by our faith?[…]

Breaking Barriers Growing Green

Breaking Barriers Growing Green

This year at Coventry the ParliaMentors team was a diverse group of students; Siu Wan, Khadija Ghias, Saacid Amin, Ella Ferron and Sam Woods, have been working to resolve some of Coventry’s biggest problems through their Social Action project, Breaking Barriers Growing Green. Aware of the problems of division both between and within students and Read more about Breaking Barriers Growing Green[…]

Alumni Discuss Referendum Impact at Hogan Lovells

Alumni Discuss Referendum Impact at Hogan Lovells

ParliaMentors Alumna Speak at Hogan Lovells on Brexit and the UK’s communities Hashim Bhatti, Gurinder Jhans and Bansri Buddhdev were invited to speak as part of an event addressing the impact of Brexit on the UK’s faith communities. A large audience of staff at Hogan Lovells kindly hosted the event which was run in partnership with Read more about Alumni Discuss Referendum Impact at Hogan Lovells[…]

Pakistan ISV “First Day of My Life”

Pakistan ISV “First Day of My Life”

As part of our partnership with Active Citizens at the British Council, each year we have the opportunity to send 3 ParliaMentors on an ‘International Study Visit’. This is a meeting of social activists from around the world to share best practice and visit local examples of social action, which this year took place in Read more about Pakistan ISV “First Day of My Life”[…]

Meet Alumnus Gurinder Jhans, researcher at the APPG for International Freedom of Faith and Belief

Meet Alumnus Gurinder Jhans, researcher at the APPG for International Freedom of Faith and Belief

Gurinder Jhans graduated from ParliaMentors in 2012, he was a member of the discovering exceptional leaders Q&A panel at the 2016 Interfaith Summit and works for the APPG for International Freedom of Faith and Belief I currently work in Parliament as a researcher for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Freedom of Religion Read more about Meet Alumnus Gurinder Jhans, researcher at the APPG for International Freedom of Faith and Belief[…]

Forming Friendships And Breaking Stereotypes At The Interfaith Summit

Forming Friendships And Breaking Stereotypes At The Interfaith Summit

Co Founder of the UK Interfaith Summit, Hashim Bhatti, sets out the vision for the 2016 UK InterfaithSummit (reposted from the Huffington Post) Living well with your neighbours is like riding a bike, the most difficult part is making a start, after that the momentum does the hard work for you. I can tell you Read more about Forming Friendships And Breaking Stereotypes At The Interfaith Summit[…]

Interfaith Summit Press Release

Interfaith Summit Press Release

Young leaders to tackle Brexit and refugee crisis at Interfaith Week Summit  On Thursday 17 November, the second annual Interfaith Summit will be taking place at SPACE Studios in London. The summit will see young leaders of different faiths and beliefs come together to discuss and act on some of the most pressing issues of Read more about Interfaith Summit Press Release[…]

Meet Alumna Aqeelah, Delegate to UN & SDG Summit

Meet Alumna Aqeelah, Delegate to UN & SDG Summit

ParliaMentors Alumna Aqeelah Malek attended a global summit addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals As an Active Citizen with the British Council I was given the fantastic opportunity to attend a global summit addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) with World Merit in New York. I was excited to be working on the second SDG; Read more about Meet Alumna Aqeelah, Delegate to UN & SDG Summit[…]

Alumni Dinner and Award Ceremony

Alumni Dinner and Award Ceremony

The ParliaMentors Alumni Committee organised the dinner at the beautiful Norton Rose Fulbright suite to whom a massive thank you must go for being excellent hosts.   Charly Burridge Jones, member of the alumni committee, and Phil Champain, the director of 3FF, opened the event and described the exciting developments for the alumni, the 10th anniversary of Read more about Alumni Dinner and Award Ceremony[…]

Hamza Patel on BBCs The Big Questions

Hamza Patel on BBCs The Big Questions

Hamza Patel graduated from Parlia Mentors in 2016 after running a mentoring scheme in a local school, this is his reflection on his appearance on the BBC’s The Big Questions Being a regular avid viewer of BBC’s The Big Questions it was a great honour to have been given the opportunity to be part of Read more about Hamza Patel on BBCs The Big Questions[…]

Jaspreet’s reflection on his year as a ParliaMentor

Jaspreet’s reflection on his year as a ParliaMentor

This time will never come back – Jaspreet’s reflection I have just got on the train for the ParliaMentors 2015-16 graduation. It took me only 10 minutes to pick my pen to write about the best experience of my life so far. The nib of the pen can feel the burden as it quivers on Read more about Jaspreet’s reflection on his year as a ParliaMentor[…]

ParliaMentors Alumni Host Iftar for Community

ParliaMentors Alumni Host Iftar for Community

  On Wednesday 15th June Parliamentors Alumna Masarat Daud, and 3FF’s Ben Shapiro, hosted an Iftar at the 3FF office for members of the local community and 3FF’s wider network. Near Neighbours kindly supported the dinner along with contributions from 3FF members of staff. The evening began with Masarat explaining her background and how Ramadan’s Read more about ParliaMentors Alumni Host Iftar for Community[…]

Meet ParliaMentors Alumnus and Co-Founder of Fulfeal drink

Meet ParliaMentors Alumnus and Co-Founder of Fulfeal drink

Emmanuel is co-founder of Fulfeal – a social enterprise focused on providing powdered food with all nutrients a human body needs, while saving money, effort, time and space. You’ve started a breakfast replacement business. What inspired this Start-up? The business idea was first discovered by my fellow founder, Aleksander Bury. He is a nutrition enthusiast Read more about Meet ParliaMentors Alumnus and Co-Founder of Fulfeal drink[…]

What you need to do is push yourself beyond your limit – Juhi meets Steve Chalke

What you need to do is push yourself beyond your limit – Juhi meets Steve Chalke

Being a Londoner differentiates us from others in many ways. We have been raised to appreciate the diversity that surrounds us and in turn learn about other faiths and cultures. London is a highly multicultural city and often it is the case that to succeed in any field you need to have an intercultural understanding. Read more about What you need to do is push yourself beyond your limit – Juhi meets Steve Chalke[…]

Oliver goes to conference…

Oliver goes to conference…

Through 3FF, I heard about an organisation called Patchwork Foundation. They aim to promote and seek positive integration of under-represented, deprived and minority communities into British politics. One of the programs Patchwork runs is its Conference Programme that provides an opportunity for young people to attend the Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrat party conferences. I was Read more about Oliver goes to conference…[…]

Humanizing the ‘other’ through music

Humanizing the ‘other’ through music

When I first set out to organise an Interfaith Music Festival at SOAS, my university at the time, I don’t think anyone would have imagined how far this project would take me: to heading an international organisation and social enterprise that works in several cities and countries to build interfaith dialogue in cooperation with respected Read more about Humanizing the ‘other’ through music[…]

Nonki and the Christian Aid Collective

Nonki and the Christian Aid Collective

Towards the end of my time as a Parliamentor I applied to be one of 16 Christian Aid Collective interns across the country, focused on engaging young people with justice issues. With a bit of luck and a lot of prayers I was accepted onto the programme. It has been a few weeks now since Read more about Nonki and the Christian Aid Collective[…]

Ed pays tribute to ParliaMentors – ‘This is a huge opportunity’

Ed pays tribute to ParliaMentors – ‘This is a huge opportunity’

On 2nd September, we launched ParliaMentors 2014/15 with a networking breakfast in Portcullis House, Parliament. As well as new students, alumni, MP mentors, partners and educational professionals, we were privileged to be joined by Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party. He paid tribute to the programme and welcomed the new students in this Read more about Ed pays tribute to ParliaMentors – ‘This is a huge opportunity’[…]

Meet your Alumni: Talia’s interfaith farm

Meet your Alumni: Talia’s interfaith farm

Talia Chain graduated from ParliaMentors in 2011. Her Red Light Campaign project directly led to founding House of Beth, an online ethical fashion marketplace. Now a new project is taking her from fashion to fields. You’ve started a project to establish a interfaith farm in the UK. What inspired this project? Earlier this year, I Read more about Meet your Alumni: Talia’s interfaith farm[…]

Without faith there is very little hope

Without faith there is very little hope

This year at the ParliaMentor’s Graduation, we were delighted to be joined by Trevor Phillips OBE. Not to be confused with ‘that bloke who used to read the news’, his career has spanned student politics, television current affairs, sitting in the London Assembly and most notably, chairing the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). We Read more about Without faith there is very little hope[…]

What I think about Modi

What I think about Modi

India is a difficult country to define and what it means to be Indian much more. The answers are often handicapped by stereotypes in which foreigners see India and the self-image that Indians seek to project about themselves, both of which are important but they do not tell the whole story. I find it is Read more about What I think about Modi[…]

Meet your alumni: Joe Miller at the BBC

Meet your alumni: Joe Miller at the BBC

This month Joe Miller talks about what he’s been upto since being a ParliaMentor. Joe is a Business & Economics journalist for the BBC World Service. How did you come to work as a Journalist for the BBC? I was lucky enough to get on to the Journalism Trainee Scheme at the beginning of 2013, and Read more about Meet your alumni: Joe Miller at the BBC[…]

Taking the initiative: NUS and interfaith on campus

Taking the initiative: NUS and interfaith on campus

Like What You Have Read? Want To Be A Part Of It? Apply Here Since completing the Undergraduate ParliaMentors programme in 2011 I completed a Masters degree and started working for the National Union of Students (NUS). I joined NUS in October 2012 and started my current role as a Research and Policy Officer in Read more about Taking the initiative: NUS and interfaith on campus[…]

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