Extremism isn’t the only struggle of our generation July 22nd 2015
David Cameron’s speech in Birmingham, in which he announced his plans on how to tackle extremism, motivates me to bring some aspects of the work that I have been doing with young Muslims for the last eight years into the equation. It is important to understand the real challenges facing this generation. The minority of Muslims, ....
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Biradiri – Pakistani Castes May 2nd 2015
‘Biradiri’ meaning kinship and family affiliation is held as an important value in the Pakistani community. The concept of castes was brought to the UK by the working class in Pakistan, instilling the feudalistic mindset in their communities and children. The participants we spoke to strongly opposed the concept of a caste system....
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A War by Drones April 29th 2015
The surge in drone deployment to Pakistan since 2005 has stimulated a conscientious effort by artists to portray the plight of the Pakistanis over the past decade. A diverse body of art has developed in Pakistan as a product of the harsh socio-political setting of the nation. The works of Pakistani artist, Naiza Khan conceptualise....
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Pakistani Nationalism January 25th 2015
In 2011 Jawaab conducted a survey with young British-Pakistanis asking if they were proud to be Pakistani. 95% answered yes; when asked the question why, nearly all struggled to answer. Many young people believe that this nationalistic pride comes from their forefathers and the emotions around the creation of Pakistan. You can watch ....
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Youth Identity-British Pakistanis December 19th 2014
British-Pakistanis are struggling with their dual identities. First generation migrants who grew up in different conditions have tried to lead an isolated lifestyle in the UK. Many parents have aimed to raise their children in the same manner, taking a narrow view of their children’s involvement in British life, which can conflict ....
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Desi Manroe December 17th 2014
Elif Rahemtullah critiques the work of Summaiya Jillani, a young upcoming Pakistani artist who with her unique style is mixing things up in the Pakistani art scene. Karachi based artist, Summaiya Jillani strikes a fine balance. Her works are steeped in motifs which are unique to Pakistani culture yet they possess a certain univers....
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Malala and Hazlenut Lattes December 9th 2014
Malala Yousafzai shook the world with her story of bravery and valor when she stood for female education and took a bullet to her head fighting for her cause. Months have passed and as the wounds of Malala’s injuries have been healing, so has the controversy surrounding her been mounting. I remember visiting Pakistan watching va....
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Happy Birthday Jawaab! November 11th 2014
It's Jawaab's 3rd Birthday! 11.11.11 saw the launch of Jawaab in an underground cafe in North London. We can't believe that today marks our 3rd anniversy. The time has flown by and throughout the years we have been busy working on our British Pakistani Voices and 12 Cities Network campaigns. Jawaab wants to take this opportuni....
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British Pakistani Grooming Gangs October 21st 2014
Grooming gangs: Tackle the crime not the community Another Pakistani grooming gang has been uncovered. This time in the city of Rotherham where groups of men preyed on vulnerable women who were abused over a sustained period of time. Once again politicians and the media see it fit to conflate the long cover up of sex crime with et....
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Islam and Sex May 31st 2014
Let’s talk about SEX The prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) never shied away from educating his followers about sex, so why do we? In our latest campaign, we’ve been discussing the issue of grooming gangs and women’s rights among the British-Pakistani community. It’s clear they’ve got a lot to say and want to talk ....
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The Blind Truth January 7th 2012
The Blind Truth is Jawaab’s first feature of this year. The Blind Truth aims to highlight prevalent social issues through photography. Not long ago, a group of young adults came together and began to discuss their worries about Pakistan and Pakistani communities across the world. The discussion progressed into each individual co....
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The British Pakistani Community December 3rd 2011
British Pakistanis and the current situation of Pakistan gets a lot of bad press. We decided to stroll through the streets of London and spoke to a non-Pakistanis on what they thought about the Pakistani community. Here is what they had to say!....
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Pakistani and Proud – Nationalism November 14th 2011
95% of young British Pakistanis we asked said they were proud of being Pakistani As part of the 'Grassroots Voices of British Pakistani' campaign Jawaab decided that we needed to run a small social experiment. We stopped young British Pakistanis on the streets of London and asked them a simple question, if they were proud to be....
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British Pakistani Role Models November 6th 2011
Our mini voxpops continue - today we are at Brunel University to ask some of the students who are their role models and why. There seems to be a perception that there is a lack of positive role models out there for British Pakistanis. These young people have proved that this isn't necessarily the case.....
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Young Vs Old- Brit Paks November 5th 2011
Intergenerational conflict has been identified by many young Muslims as being one of the issues, elders just don't seem to understand youth issues. Jawaab took to the streets to ask older members from the Pakistani community what they thought of young people - just to turn the conversation the other way round!....
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One Word: Pakistani November 3rd 2011
British Pakistani youth's identity and loyalty is always being questioned by the media and politicians. So we thought why not ask them ourselves. What do young British Pakistanis think sums up their identity? We posed one simple question to them, 'what is the first word which comes to your mind when you hear the word Pakistani?' an....
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What does the word ‘PAKI’ mean to you? November 1st 2011
We launch our new campaign 'Grassroots Voices of British Pakistanis' in 11 days time and to count down the days, we have a few teasers to share with you, just to get the discussion going! We visited Moon Shisha Lounge in Birmingham and asked some of the young peeps questions on identity and being Pakistani. Check out this video!....
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