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Period poverty: what is it and what’s being done about it?

Period poverty: what is it and what’s being done about it?

Data Journalism, Gender, Health
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
The UK is still the largest country to scrutinize the explosive topic of the pay gap

The UK is still the largest country to scrutinize the explosive topic of the pay gap

Adults, Business, economy, Education, International, Law, News, Politics, trends
2019 has been the second year that all companies and charities in Britain with more than 250 employees - covering almost half the country's workforce - have had to report their gender pay gap to the Government Equalities Office (GEO). 1.How does it work? Employers must submit an assessment of the gap between what man and women earn on average amongst their personnel. The deadline for reporting these numbers each year is 31st March for public sector organisations and 5th April for businesses and charities. All companies must report the differences between salaries and bonus of employees from both genders on a mean and median hourly basis.   2.What surprises did we get? The Fawcett Society, the UK's leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women's rights, has defi...
Period leave: what is it and do we need it in the UK?

Period leave: what is it and do we need it in the UK?

Audio, Business, Gender
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
40 years and counting, women stand together to ‘Reclaim the Night’

40 years and counting, women stand together to ‘Reclaim the Night’

Gender, London
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
Charity fears homeless women suffer from NHS cuts

Charity fears homeless women suffer from NHS cuts

Gender, Housing, NHS, Politics
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

Women facing war in the Imperial War Museum and around the world

Culture, International, Terror
As combatants, civilian supports, widows or victims of war crimes, women face war as hardly as men. The Imperial War Museum presents two photograph exhibitions paying homage to those women who experienced the war and emphasizing their role.   One exhibition shows the pictures of women that the female photographer Lee Miller took in Europe during the Second World War. The second exhibition presents eleven portraits by the photographer Nick Danziger of women facing contemporary military conflicts around the world.   Those two exhibitions show different aspects of the impacts of conflicts of women’s lives. As Lee Miller mainly shot for British Vogue, fashion takes an important place in her photographs. They show for example how British women tried to stay elegant despite t

Female teachers in London are being encouraged to return to work after pregnancy to reduce teachers’ shortage crisis

News, Tech
As the UK is facing an acute teachers shortage, the government is taking a new initiative to tackle this issue by launching a job website for female teachers, to help them find work post pregnancy. “It’s common for female teachers to quit school after giving birth,” says Seema Sriram, 41, a teacher at Heston Primary School in Hounslow. She is one among the few women who returned to teaching after giving birth to twins. The government will soon start a job sharing website that is meant to encourage female teachers to return to work after their pregnancy. The aim of this website is to solve England’s teaching shortage crisis and simultaneously ensure that female teachers resume their work, after becoming new mothers. Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, also plans to launc
Gender imparity: Fewer women are seen in broadcasting jobs

Gender imparity: Fewer women are seen in broadcasting jobs

Blogs, Data Journalism, Media, Video
Despite the fact we all can quickly recall a scene of Louise Minchin reporting while sitting on the BBC Breakfast sofa, women are insufficiently present on TV. Gender imparity is widely seen in the broadcast media industry, as one out of every four experts shown on British programmes is female, reported a research group from the school of Broadcasting at City University London. The UK does not lack outstanding women, but not enough females were being invited into the studio to make their voice known to the public. Broadcasting serves as an important public channel and greatly affects the conception of the society. A lack of women representation on TV resulted in fewer public female role models and also a lower recognition of women’s achievements across the country. Imbalanced ge
1 in 10 women rescued from a sexual assault in the UK

1 in 10 women rescued from a sexual assault in the UK

Culture, Experience, Video
I was terrified. I couldn't walk alone. I called a friend. I needed someone with me even if only on the phone. I got home. I was so scared. For weeks, I kept questioning myself. I couldn’t even wear a skirt. This was how Laurene Becquart, a London-based photographer felt after she was “cat-called” at a park in London. The man who seemed younger than her then grabbed her hand and pulled her towards him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAeibWTCpig “The worst part is that as women, we are programmed to blame ourselves, rather than blaming the perpetrator,” Said Laurene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aawO4gQxqTk Two in Three women in the UK experienced sexual harassment Laurene is not the only girl in London who has been receiving unneeded sexual attention in public spaces.  A recent

Obesity now a serious health concern

Health, ReportingWeek2
Obesity should be a national priority as it will be the biggest challenge for women’s health in the future, emphasises England’s medical chief officer, Dame Sally Davies in the annual health report. Photo credit : Flickr The report aims to empower women and their families to lead healthier lives. It is the first ever report that addresses women’s health and has 17 recommendations to tackle this issue. According to Davies "Women’s health can no longer be side-lined, as this is a national risk," What are the health risks ? If a woman remains obese, it will shorten her lifespan, cause miscarriages during pregnancy or her children might grow up with health problems, warned Davies. This is also the case for Merila Gerard, who became obese after her first pregnancy had many compl