Period poverty is a public health crisis across the United Kingdom according to official data. In November, Scotland became the first country in the world to make menstrual products free for those in need. What would it take for England to do the same? Westminster World talked to campaigners and experts about the inability to afford menstrual products and period stigma. Photo by Rahul Bamane According to Plan International UK (P.I. UK), a survey conducted in 2019 showed that one in five girls reported being bullied or teased, and nearly 50 percent reported missing a day of school because of their periods. The same research revealed that women in the UK spend more than £16,500 on period products or aids in their lifetime and ten per cent of girls cannot afford the sanitary p
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During the pandemic, who is responsible for domestic work in your country? Photo by Haiyue According to the new report from UN Women, women are spending more time to do domestic chores compared with the normal time. Amid COVID-19, household chores have new purpose and value and are being increasingly recognized as a form of essential work. Chores like cooking, shopping for groceries and cleaning, particularly to prevent infection, are all taking longer than ever. Photo from UN Woman However, more and more people have to work from home due to Covid-19 in different countries, while the truth is that women still shoulder the major housework. Available data from thirty-eight countries overwhelmingly confirm that on sixty per cent of women and fifty-four per cent of...
Period poverty is a human rights issue that cannot be ignored. In the UK, there is an ongoing petition, with a lot of people wanting the government to provide free period products across the UK. photo by Jing Yang According to the research by the grassroots group Women for Independence (WFI), nearly one in five women had experienced period poverty, which has a significant impact on their hygiene, health and wellbeing. Period poverty is when those on low incomes can't afford, or access, suitable period products. Women are estimated to spend an average of £13 a month on period products and several thousand pounds over a lifetime. Mina Heaney, 28, who costs £6 a month for tampons and pads, said : “I might be able to afford it, but plenty of other women in the country
Harry Styles is the first male in 127 years to be on the cover of US Vogue. He also became the first to appear solo and he has done so wearing a stunning Gucci gown. Picture by Tyler Mitchell, December 2020 US Vogue cover. Courtesy of Condé Nast. After conservative commentator Candace Owens in the Us slammed Vogue and Styles for wearing a dress and skirts in the photoshoot, actress Olivia Wilde was one of the many voices together with Zach Braff and Elijah Wood jumping to defend his gender-blurring style. https://twitter.com/RealCandaceO/status/1327691891303976961 Retweeting images of the terrific shoot, Owens criticised the magazine, calling Styles’ look and outfit “an outright attack” and asked Vogue to “bring back manly men.” The former One Direction singer has r
US Vogue recently released their December 2020 issue, featuring British singer Harry Styles who wore a lace-trimmed Gucci ball-gown dressed with a tuxedo jacket. Styles brought this genderless fashion to the public, encouraging others to not feel restricted to the clothes by their assigned gender. Harry Styles in US Vogue. Photo credited by Tyler Mitchell Dominic-Afsheen Akhavan-Moossavi, who is one of the educators in UK to run a genderless fashion course told Women's Wear Daily - a fashion industry trade journal which is also known as WWD: "I do think genderless fashion is becoming mainstream, or at least it’s being more widely discussed and shifting into the mainstream consciousness." Photo credited by Leto Chen Leto Chen - a graduate of Menswear Fashion at Lond
Scotland has become the first nation to offer free sanitary products for all women. Photo credited by Halima Ahcene Djaballah Scotland has offered free access to period products for all women. Should England be this accommodating to menstruating women as well? What is Menstruation? Menstruation is a natural monthly process for females which at times may be accompanied with pain and discomfort. It is usually accompanied with painful muscle cramps in the stomach, back and thighs. As well as free sanitary products, the question arises of whether the nation should do more to cater for menstruating females. Menstrual leave has since been a topic of debate and has already been legalised in some countries such as Japan, Indonesia and Taiwan. Are period cramps really tha...
Recent controversial statements made by T.I. have people questioning the validity of the medical practice of ‘virginity testing’ and whether or not it can tell if a woman is still a virgin purely based on how intact her hymen is. After an interview with rapper, T.I. admitted that he takes his daughter, Deyjah, 18, to the gynecologist every year to check if her hymen is still intact. When asked why, he explained that if his daughter’s hymen is “intact” then she must still be a virgin. His confession ultimately sparked controversy and conversation as to whether or not virginity tests were ethically sound and scientifically proven to tell whether or a woman is a virgin. The virginity test or the “two-finger test” is administered by a doctor in which they insert their fingers into a
Finland’s transport minister, Sanna Marin, 34, has been selected to lead the Social Democratic party, making her the country’s youngest prime minister ever when she takes office in the coming days. She is also Finland’s third female government leader. Finland’s coalition government will be composed of five parties all led by women – four under the age of 35, for the first time. Finland’s government is now led by these five party leaders. #newgeneration pic.twitter.com/vis0qB9tO8 — Tuomas Niskakangas (@TNiskakangas) December 8, 2019 Sanna Marin has been chosen by her party after outgoing leader Antti Rinne, who stepped down as prime minister last week after he lost the support of key coalition partner the Centre Party, who cited a lack of trust. Mr Rinne became Finlan
With so much conversation about the pay gap in recent years, it can be tricky to decipher the facts and figures and know what it actually means for women in 2019. What does it mean? First, it’s important to note how the pay gap is defined. ONS measures the difference in percentage between men's and women’s median hourly earnings across all jobs in the UK. It is not comparing men and women doing the same job. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported in 2018 that the gender pay gap fell to 8.6 per cent among full-time employees in 2018. Among all employees, the gap is higher, however, at 17.9 per cent. This is largely due to the larger proportion of women in part-time jobs, which receive lower pay (“an average hourly rate is £9.36 compared with £14.31, excluding overtime, f
On the most basic level, period poverty is something experienced by women or girls who, due to financial limitations, cannot access sanitary products for their periods. While many take for granted the ability to purchase these products, many around the world put their lives on hold during menstruation or are forced to use other, sometimes unhygienic methods. Many see this as an issue affecting impoverished nations, however, this affects women across the UK as well. According to Plan International UK, 1 in 10 girls in the UK can't afford to buy sanitary products, and over 137,700 children have missed school in the UK because of this issue. Women at risk The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) most recent report on Persistent Poverty in the UK and EU, stated that 7.3 per c