Associated Members

Why not become an associate member of the Portmir Foundation?

Whatever your background and however you choose to live your life, as members of the human race we are all entitled to fundamental and inalienable rights occasioned by our humanity. These rights have been beautifully expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and almost every country on earth has signed-up voluntarily to the UN charter to respect these rights as they affect their own nationals and citizens.

But of course we do not live in a perfect world and not all human beings are minded to respect these rights. It was because of the human tragedies in the wake of World Wars 1 & 2 that the universal declaration of human rights saw its first light of day; there were of course precursor declarations. The concentration camps of Nazi Germany and the tens of millions of peoples that perished in the conflicts made it abundantly clear that if we as a human race are to obvert similar tragedies in the future we must internalise some fundamental values.

The fact that our world is not a perfect one and there are people who think it is okay to ‘discriminate’ and 'oppress' one another because of ‘differences’ in ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and natural and physical abilities means we must all work collaboratively to ensure that forces of human rights prevail over the forces of inequality and injustice, cruelty and humiliation. Our individual histories and the social and political legacies of our communities or peoples, at one point in history or another, may have made this task a little difficult but we are not defined by our past. If anything it is our commitment to the future that will help shape our new legacies. Therefore we should never shy away from the commitment to at least ‘try’ to make things better whatever our individual abilities and capacities.

The Portmir Foundation is entirely subsumed within this quest. Our ethnicity has given us a sense of our natural and social ecologies with a profound respect for the finite resources of our world that are indispensable for our human survival. We recognise that as a people who have a distinct language and culture with an equally rich heritage we are also global citizens of the world. We understand that we cannot live together peacefully as individuals, communities and nations if we do not develop practical ways of living together.

And yet in our own communities in the UK we have social ills and individual cases of personal tragedies that make living dignified lives on the basis of our universal human rights needlessly difficult. Domestic violence for instance is rife in our communities as patriarchy continues to inform the mind-sets of our menfolk; many of these perpetrators do not consider their behaviour objectionable. More often it is women who are the victims of these structural cruelties whilst other women usually with more traditional values enforce or perpetuate these inequalities. And yet we do not like to talk about these realities, which for some victims are quite acute despite living in a functioning liberal democracy that has outlawed domestic violence and is committed to its eradication.

The reasons for these failures are many but suffice to say that our own communities pose some of the greatest hurdles. It is in the same vein that we shed light on issues of forced marriage, radicalisation of our youth to extreme interpretations of Islam that are completely opposed to the exercise of unfettered human rights and a host of other social problems.  

If you care about these problems sufficiently enough to get involved directly or indirectly then please join the Portmir Foundation. You do not have to be a member of the Hilltonian community to take part in our activities as we recognise that we belong to a much bigger family – the human family that has made these British Isles its home. It is only with the involvement of a grassroots movement that is drawn from different backgrounds and professions that we can truly create the platforms by which we can aspire to live dignified lives in the UK. This is probably the best expression of multiculturalism within local settings. We have always believed that despite being a cultural heritage organisation with social agenda issues our cultural heritage is an essentially hybrid and multicultural one.

With your help, ideas and activism we can make the Portmir Foundation a beacon of hope for the many members of our communities who would like to share in our aspirations and goals to become part of the beautiful tapestry that makes living in Britain so wonderful.

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