Iara Lee, ‘Burkinabe Rising: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso’

I discovered the work of film director Iara Lee, founder of Cultures of Resistance foundation, whilst researching the role of women in the Western Sahara conflict, which she explores in her documentary, Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara. After speaking about her experiences in the refugee camps in Algeria, I was excited...

Pigtails And Poppadoms

Stories about the coolness of my hair, my food, and my culture. As a brown girl born and raised in Bangkok, pigtails were a permanency growing up. They were easy for my mother and my myriad of aunties to quickly weave together. They would melodically repeat the same phrase over and over again, that pigtails...

Why Wasn’t I Marching?

21st January 2017, the day of the Women’s March, I was sat at home enjoying a leisurely Saturday. I was scrolling through Instagram, which was full of photos of placards, pussy hats, and masses of people taking over cities all over the world, and I could feel the pride welling up. Pride in being a...

Why I’ll Never Let You Touch My Hair

“Is that as long as it gets?” Growing up in the leafy, predominantly white suburbs of London, I was amongst only a handful of girls at my school who had afro hair. With a Caucasian mum who had virtually no knowledge of how to look after or manage her daughters’ wild, foreign hair, I had...