What are Reproductive Rights?
Reproductive rights are essentially human rights that encompass freedom of choice for couples and individuals to reproduce. These rights need to be flexible to empower women in making decisions to control their own bodies including protecting the choice not to have children. Reproductive rights also ensure that women are not deprived of access to contraception where they are preventing pregnancies.
78% of women during the ‘appropriate’ reproductive age, which is considered to be between 16 - 44 years, want to get pregnant through sexual intercourse. Planned pregnancy is seen as a better way to get appropriate medical care throughout pregnancy and postpartum care. Many women also highlighted that they use contraception provided by their GPs, Pharmacies or retail stores, for unwanted pregnancies and prevention of STIs.
The Women and Equalities Committee published its ‘Unequal Impact? Coronavirus and the gendered economic impact’ report on the 9 February 2021. This report highlighted the disproportionate economic impact of the pandemic on vulnerable and marginalised individuals.
The report outlined several criticisms of the government’s approach to economic recovery, including:
With 49% of lawyers in the UK being female, it can be said that the historic gender gap within law firms is closing. Therefore, it is perhaps surprising that many universities have implemented a women’s law society alongside a regular law society. However, when looking closer at the statistics within the legal sector, one can see that only 1 in 4 partners of top UK law firms are female. Although this is a slight shift from the view that all partners are “old white men”, there is still significant room for improvement
Darcey Pilkington of Bristol Women in Law and Poppy Luke-Harrison of Keele Women’s Law Society share their views on the importance of women’s law societies and the barriers still faced by women in the legal profession as a whole.
The 3rd to the 9th of May 2021 is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week. In light of this, this article will examine the issue of perinatal mental health and the barriers faced by those seeking support.
Female asylum-seekers seeking refuge face the perilous situation of facing sexual threats wherever they go. The threat of extreme weather whilst travelling by boat, or of suffocation whilst travelling in the back of a lorry, are the least of their concerns. Having to undertake sexual ‘favours’ in return for ‘safe’ passage is the norm for most of these women, an experience that will be etched into their mind. Fear is one of the main reasons these incidents never get reported to the authorities.