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Addressing Structural Inequality By Nadar Abdi

As a young Black, Muslim woman, and a peer researcher on Transcending Resilience I have observed that advocating for greater personal resilience amongst young people with racialised and minoritised identities can, at times, be more detrimental than helpful. This blog seeks to expand on my thoughts in relation to this.

Resilience is a crucial practice for us all to develop so that we become stronger, more flexible individuals when faced with adversity. Resilience allows us to recover from hardships rapidly whilst knowing that those hardships don’t define us as people. Most importantly, resilience allows us to develop into more grounded individuals than we were before. There is no denying that part of building resilience is gaining strength and support from the people and resources around us such as family, friends, our customs, and spirituality. Without our networks and faith, our suffering continues to affect us. Our connections to others and beliefs all serve to keep us levelled in our day to day lives. However, our research also highlighted findings that go beyond these aspects of resilience and relate it more closely to social inequalities.

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