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You can’t have a voice if you don’t know the language. As a journalist for newspapers and non-governmental organisations, I understand the importance of giving people a voice – ensuring people are heard. This tenet goes hand-in-hand with my aim to increase routes to English language learning for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants through my Fellowship. I have worked for NGOs pursuing human rights, international development, rainforest protection and an end to child poverty and homelessness. In London, I volunteer for Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, Speak Street and Creatives Against Poverty. A determination to put women explorers and adventurers ‘back on the map’ led me to re-trace the global journey of journalist/humanitarian Nellie Bly who in 1889 circled the world in 72 days -- faster than anyone ever had – alone with just a Gladstone bag. My book ‘Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World” is published in spring 2021.
Refugees and people seeking asylum are among the most vulnerable groups facing the Covid-19 emergency, globally and in the UK. The daily challenges that confront them...