Pass The Mic - Women's Equality

It can't be showbusiness as usual

Rebecca Manson Jones

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The £1.5 billion Government bailout for theatre is great, but it can't be 'showbusiness as usual' for the industry post Covid-19.

A lot of people might be expecting me to feel £1.57 billion richer this week. I should be breathing easier and, like many of my colleagues, I should be saying thank you for the package announced by the Government to bail out theatre industry, which has been haemorrhaging cash since it was forced to cease production back in March. And to some extent, I am.


New Mums Like Me Are Being Forced Back To Work

Bethany Power

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My husband and I are first time parents to our baby boy. It took us two-and-a-half years to conceive our first child, so when I was pregnant we had every vision and dream for my maternity leave. I knew as soon as the Government announced the lockdown because of Covid-19 that instead of the joyful time we had planned to spend with our new baby there was a long and lonely road ahead for us. However, a quick straw poll of other new mums I'd met at my NCT antenatal group indicated I was far from alone in how I was feeling.


Lockdown has brought homelessness into the open

Rosie Roksoph

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As someone who's lived without a smartphone or wifi for years, I've always been happy just using the internet at the library when needed. That's because I'm lucky enough to have credit on my phone and a strong support network of friends, who can do a little googling on my behalf. For many others, however, who lack the stability of a home and were just about managing to keep a structure in their lives through knowing the locations, opening hours and numbers of local food banks, soup kitchens and other key services, the coronavirus crisis has made even the simplest of molehills into mountains.


Childcare cannot be allowed to collapse

Laurie*

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Since lockdown began, our nursery in the East Midlands has remained open at the request of the government, providing childcare for vulnerable children and to those of key workers. It has been a struggle, but we were determined to remain open for the families that needed us. This week, we opened to more of our children under new guidance from the government. But this guidance, like the rest of the government’s strategy for Early Years providers, has been sorely lacking.


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.


  
        
  

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