Pass The Mic - Women's Equality

Lockdown is nothing new for Disabled people

Freya Papworth

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I have a confession to make. I know that lockdown is really hard for a lot of people, but for me it’s been rather easy, even surprisingly pleasant at times. It’s not that I’m special or particularly privileged, it’s down to the sad fact that over the past decade, at least once a year I’ve had to go into involuntary lockdown thanks to my health. And I am not alone in this experience, which is why I am protesting today for those who need care and for those who provide care to be recognised. 


From the frontline of a care home

Anonymous, Care Home Assistant

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The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed huge flaws within the care sector that predated the transmission of the deadly virus to the UK population. Flaws in the way that social care is run and funded and the  government’s lack of consideration for the vital work care homes do have now been brought into sharp focus. 


A discriminatory bun in the oven

by Celine Thomas

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Among the self-employed, a virtual sigh of relief was audible on Twitter when the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced after weeks of uncertainty that they would receive a job retention package on broadly equal terms with that offered to furloughed employees. But even before the first wave of applause had hushed, some were already sounding the alarm. The Chancellor had left substantial swathes of the self-employed out of his plan and short-changed others; not least women who recently took maternity leave.


Avoiding lockdown presenteeism

by Cheryl Clements

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Given our collective current reality, it’s hard to remember the time when we schlepped to work even when ill because we didn’t want to “let anyone down”. Or skulked out of the office, leaving a jacket on a chair to avoid looking like we were, heavens forbid, leaving on time.


Where's the data on BAME deaths?

by Sarabajaya Kumar

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Since Boris Johnson’s return to Downing Street, the government’s narrative that coronavirus doesn’t discriminate continues. Anyone can contract Covid-19, from shop workers and bus drivers to the prime minister. So we must “stay home, protect the NHS, save lives”.


Students aren't failing, they're caring

by Caroline Hunt

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Last week, an article in the Times claimed that two thirds of students were “failing to participate” in online classes. However, while the figure may be accurate (with research from the Sutton Trust suggesting that only 34% of children have taken part in live or recorded online classes), the sentiment is not.


Where can abuse victims go?

by Charlotte Kneer 

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Those of us who work in the sector know there will be more victims of domestic abuse needing help after lockdown ends. Situations that were already abusive will have escalated. Isolation has handed abusers more power. So we know we will need more accommodation. What we don’t know is how we will provide it.


Carers need pay, not badges

by Freya Papworth 

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It’s “too soon” to be talking about a pay rise, it’s not the right time to be ‘political’, and "now is not the time" to talk about gender. But here - let me show you this badge we made and are going to sell you to show our appreciation.


Modernising parliament for equality

by Pamela Ritchie 

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As MPs return to work today, many will be getting their heads around what their job looks like in a world where social distancing and remote working are the new normal.


We Should All Pass The Mic

by Mandu Reid 

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Some have hailed the Covid-19 crisis as ‘a great leveller.’ I thought this was nonsense from the beginning. Instead, I see this virus and the havoc it has reaped as ‘a great revealer’. It has brought into even sharper focus how deeply unequal our society is. It’s forced us to recognise how interconnected we all are and how vulnerable our whole society is when those who need support most are denied it, and denied a voice.


  
        
  

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