“Women of colour face a double jeopardy, from school to the workplace, there are structural barriers standing between them and the opportunities they deserve. They know first-hand the myth of meritocracy, from the mental gymnastics of constantly code switching to being repeatedly passed up for promotion” – Halima Begum, Chief Executive of the Runnymede Trust - The UK's leading independent race equality think tank.
Code switching means to adjust one’s style of speech, appearance, behaviour, and expression in ways that will optimize the comfort of others in exchange for fair treatment, quality service, and employment opportunities.
Around the world, people are experiencing the effects of the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and the accompanying heightened uncertainty through an increasing cost of living. This article looks at how the impact of rising living costs affect women in a different and often worse way.
In the United Kingdom, prices are currently rising by 7% a year. Although minimum living wages have been increased recently, most people have witnessed their wages fall as they are not growing in line with inflation. This is an issue that affects everyone, across gender, race, and class – but some research has shown that the impact is more severe on women compared to men.
Everyone should have an equal opportunity at a second chance at life; Inequality and the Stem Cell Register
With someone new being diagnosed with a blood cancer every 14 minutes, it is important to ask what we can do about this and why inequalities may lie even in saving lives. The Anthony Nolan Stem Cell Register (Anthony Nolan or ‘AN’) is a database that finds those suffering with blood cancers, such as leukaemia, their perfect stem cell match. It is a very inclusive database, as unlike donating blood, Anthony Nolan do not discriminate against homosexual donors. You can donate whether you identify as homosexual, heterosexual, or transsexual (just some examples). You also can donate if you have just had a piercing or new tattoo, unlike blood donation.
On 30 March 2022, the decision to end the Coronavirus pandemic’s abortion ‘pills by post’ scheme (the “Scheme”) was reversed following MPs voting to compel ministers to make the Scheme permanent.
The Scheme allows women to take the two tablets needed to terminate a pregnancy before 10 weeks from the comfort and safety of their own home or akin, as opposed to a hospital or clinic. Evidence from the effective ‘trial’ period of the Scheme throughout the lockdowns has shown that early abortion at home is a safe and important option for women. Throughout the ‘trial’ period, the Scheme was continually praised by users and healthcare professionals. The decision to allow at-home abortions to take place amends the landmark Abortion Act 1967, bringing the law more up to date with modern science and society.