With International Women's day today and Government reporting on The Gender Pay Gap recently set back another six months, we take a closer look at the detrimental effect COVID-19 could be having on it. The past year has hit women hard, with warnings that COVID-19 could set women’s economic progress back half a century, from international institutions including the UN and the World Economic Forum. Charities such as The Fawcett Society believe the gender pay gap is increasing because women are more likely than men to lose work or be burdened with childcare in the crisis. A third of working mothers reported having lost work or hours due to a lack of childcare during the pandemic. And this rose to 44% when it came to Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) mothers. Caroline N
https://youtu.be/VvAYRqXcql4 With 2020 being a huge year for the progression of the Black Lives Matter movement, we take a look at the lack of understanding and misrepresentation of black hair and why this continues to be a topic of debate. In this video we cover the worldwide policing of black hair that often leads to people feeling discriminated, racially targeted and harassed. In a time led by diversity, inclusion and human rights campaigns are ever present, but why are there still conversations that decide how black people should wear their hair? How is racism linked to this problem and why do some black people feel the need to find ways in order to make sure they fit into society and are perceived as presentable enough.
Photo credit: Catalin Bot The burden of upholding Christmas traditions falls to women, even in 2020. At least, this is according to a SAGE report. The document outlines the insights into celebrating holidays including Halloween, Bonfire Night, and Christmas during covid-19. Speaking about women at Christmas, the report said: “Women carry the burden of creating and maintaining family traditions and activities at Christmas.” It further stated: “Messaging should be supportive of women adapting traditions.” There is the implication that adapting Christmas to a covid-19 world will also be the responsibility of women this year. Are women really the driving force behind Christmas? Westminster World spoke to members of the public to see how roles are divided or shared
People turned to sex toys as restrictions keep couples apart. Photo: Anna Shvets Coronavirus restrictions have sent sales of sex toys soaring, as Brits stock up during lockdown. With nowhere to go, and not much to do, Brits have turned to sex toys to satisfy their sexual urges. In the first two weeks of the March lockdown, sex toys sales increased by 25 per cent, according to the Daily Mirror. The trend has again been repeated during the current lockdown; Zuleika Philips, owner of Pleasure Drum, an online wellness and sex toy shop aimed at women of African heritage, told Westminster World: “Over the Covid period we have definitely seen an increase of about 30% pickup of toys.” In addition, Ms Philips mentioned that they’ve also received a lot more interest from men. C
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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
Many students have put themselves at risk to get enough money to help pay for university. More and more students are turning into sex work. Survey conducted by Student Money Survey 2020, reveal 10 percent students consider adult work in a cash emergency, the number has doubled from 2019. Source: Student Money Survey 2020 76% of students rely on part-time work to bring in extra income, due to the economic crisis caused by Covid-19, many students are unable to continue their part-time jobs, their support from student finance, parents and universities are also falls. Most of them cannot afford the high rent cost and tuition fees, thus over a half of student who work in the sex industry state that, their motivation to do...
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
Joseph McCann, 34, gets 33 life sentences with a minimum term of 30 years after being found guilty of a series of rape committed over two weeks in April and May of this year. Mr. Justice Edis, the judge, said: “This was a campaign of rape, violence and abduction.” He also said that McCann had “never expressed a word of regret” during his trial. McCann raped eight people including a 11 year-old boy and a lady aged 71. The 37 charges against him included seven counts of rape and kidnap as well as one count of child rape. It has been reported that on arrest McCann had told the officers: "If you had caught me for the first two, the rest of this wouldn't have happened." Prosecution lauded the bravery of the victims for coming forward and helping others escape McCann. The prosecuti