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Sophia Akram


Akram is a researcher and communications professional with a special interest in human rights particularly across the Middle East and Asia.

With the narrative having been focused on stereotypical portrayals of people from the region as 'terrorists' or 'illegal immigrants', MENA Arts believes it's time for a shift for appropriate representation.

20 April, 2021

The Office for National Statistics says that understanding the needs of individual communities and identity groups is one of its main focuses for Census 2021.

19 March, 2021

A powerful photo essay by Saiful Huq Omi documents an overwhelming mental health crisis among the displaced population of Rohingya refugees in southeastern Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar.

26 February, 2021

Book Club: Jeff Halper argues that the only way to decolonise Palestine is to dismantle Israeli structures of domination and control and replace them with a single democratic state.

08 January, 2021

Book Club: Through essays, artwork, and photographs, this explosive new book documents the global asylum regime as an industry characterised by profit-making activity.

27 August, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic risks deepening a mental health crisis for traumatised Yazidis in Iraq, who are still recovering from the barbarity of the Islamic State.

08 May, 2020

#IWD2020: Many social enterprises have emerged in Malaysia to help women get livelihoods in a complex policy environment for migrants and refugees, enabling them on their own route to empowerment.

05 March, 2020

A Muslim polymath, known as Ziryab, is said to have shaped many of the lifestyle and cultural traditions of Andalusia in the 9th century.

20 September, 2019

Comment: Trump has emboldened Netanyahu's right-wing agenda. A change of leadership in US politics is needed to make a real difference for Palestinians, writes Sophia Akram.

11 September, 2019

Despite Saudi reforms on women's rights, much of the kingdom's draconian gender-based laws remain intact, writes Sophia Akram.

13 August, 2019