Girls are facing sexual comments on the streets. What is being done to protect them? School girls have expressed concern about how catcalling and other forms of street harassment make them feel ashamed and self-conscious of their bodies. Others mentioned how these episodes compromise their freedom, as they are afraid to do certain things, like go out at night or walk alone at a certain hour. A recent survey conducted by Plan International UK and Opinium Research, amongst a representative sample of 1,004 girls between 14 to 21 years old in the UK, found out that 66 per cent of girls between that age have experienced unwanted sexual attention or harassment in a public space. What statistics say about street harassment? The survey also concluded that, every month,...
Periods, it seems natural for every woman, but based on the data, more than 1in 5 of women suffered from dysmenorrhea and rang from 37 to 91 percent of women may face heavy periods. The painful periods can be as bad as heart attack according to the professor of family planning and productive health department at University College London, Dr. John Guillebaud. Audio Credit: Spencer Zhang What is Period Leave Policy ? To address this particular women issue, many Asian countries including Japan, South Korea, Indonesian and some areas in China applied period leave policy. The regulation allows women have the option to take time off during periods. Coexist, the UK social enterprise company in Bristol has been the pioneer who intro
The “Silence Breakers” movement that went viral on social media was named Person of the Year 2017 by Time Magazine. The cover is a composite group photo that includes a number of women who had participated in this movement; such as actress Ashley Judd and singer Taylor Swift. Millions of women shared their stories of sexual harassment and abuse in 2017 making it a global movement that was named #MeToo. It took off on social media and fuelled a worldwide discussion on just how endemic sexual harassment has been. It has been used millions of times in over 85 countries. https://twitter.com/Alyssa_Milano/status/938385893307637760 The women, and men, who broke their silence to share their stories of victimisation gave traction to the #MeToo campaign. https://youtu.be/MkR8GY
London now has the worst gender pay gap in the UK, with the disparity widening for young women, according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics. The capital had the narrowest gap in 1997 as women with full-time jobs earned 15.1 per cent less than men, but the needle barely moved two decades on as the gap is still at 14.6 percent in 2017. The trend for young women is particularly worrisome as it significantly rose from 1.1 per cent in 2011 to 5.5 per cent a mere six years later. Sam Smethers, chief executive of gender equality and women’s rights charity Fawcett Society, said: “The pay gap is widest for older women as it grows over our working lives but we are now seeing a widening of the pay gap for younger women too, which suggests we are going backwards and that is extre
Hundreds of women marched through London to ‘Reclaim the night’ in an annual protest. The movement began in front of Trafalgar Square with women joining in from various age groups addressing the issue of violence against women. Reclaim the night 2017, which has been done over the past forty years witnessed discussions made, talking about the current issues on gender discrimination. The demonstrators showed their participation by holding placards, chanting slogans and with music that created a lively atmosphere. As I arrived at Trafalgar Square, women and a few men from various nationalities had started to gather with posters and flags showing their contribution to the movement. https://youtu.be/NhVqRu9J-34 Protesting against violence. Video C
Australia has finally set to legalize same-sex marriage. This follows a historic bill that was passed in the House of Representatives. After 20 failed bills and years of advocacy, the bill to amend Marriage Act was introduced a month ago and only four MPs voted against the bill. Same-sex couples can legally marry from January 2018. Starting this Saturday, people will be able to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage.This comes three weeks after it was found that 62% of Australians had voted "yes" in the national survey. Australia's Governor-General, Peter Cosgrove, is expected to approve the bill over the next few days. Youtuber Raymond Braun who makes LGBT-centric content tweeted a video of the moment the Australian parliament passed the bill: T...
Hospitals, surgeries and shelters are not providing sanitary products for homeless people, despite the huge mobilisation for low income women’s right in the last few years. Women’s services manager for the charity Spires, Pamela Mhlophe, is concerned about the current situation: “In this moment, with NHS cutting down on many services, I don’t think they will tackle this problem too,“ she said to Westminster World. ”Private citizens and companies are helping through donations, but it should be a public issue.” Homeless women are used to living a dangerous life, full of risks, but it becomes much more difficult when they have their period. Besides finding food, a job and a place to stay, they have to look for a private toilet to wash themselves and, most importantly, find access to s
Alice* is a senior lecturer in a very traditional career. She has been in the academia for ten years now, but since 2015 she is also performing as Zumba instructor. According to several researches and the campaign #ThisGirlCan, Zumba is an excellent exercise for people’s body and mind. Still, Alice does not want to disclose her hobby as she fears being taken less seriously in her work environment. It's Tuesday evening and Alice arrives in London wearing a formal office outfit. She just got off from the train that brings her to the city after a long commute. Alice has to change clothes quickly, she has a Zumba class to teach in half an hour. “It’s always nice to come when you have a Zumba class in the evening”. Alice did her PhD in London, got a full time job and then a position as