“Menstruation would become an enviable, worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much. Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free.” Written in 1986, Gloria Steinem’s essay, “If men could menstruate” is as relevant today as it was then. Tampons are still taxed as a “luxury item” and one in ten young women (aged 14-21) have been unable to afford period products. In London, this number is closer to one in seven, Plan International UK reported this year. “Period poverty occurs when a person has to make a choice between food and sanitary items, between going to school or work and risking their menstrual fluid leaking because they can’t afford menstrual supplies,” Alice Walker-Mitchell from the charity Bloody Good Period told Voice of London. Girls in this s
You’ve heard of the pay gap and you’ve followed the horrors of the #metoo movement, now get ready for ‘The Health Gap.’ Women and healthcare have always had a tumultuous relationship. Race and poverty come into play when discussing who has it worse in healthcare, however, they are huge conversations on their own. Throughout history women’s health queries have been ignored, misdiagnosed and dismissed as dramatics. From the Ancient Greeks believing most of women’s pains came from a wandering womb - to the Victorian times, when doctors had a nasty habit of admitting any woman with mysterious pain to mental hospitals, and diagnosing them instead with the metal disorder ‘hysteria’ (Greek for of the uterus). Some argue that the traditional medical system as it stands now, forces women to
11 years of searching, £11.75m of taxpayers money, and still nothing to show for it. This is the reality of the search for Madeleine McCann. Police received a further £150,000 in government funding last week to aid their search. The investigation was taken up by The Metropolitan Police in 2011 after the Portuguese police had few successes in their search. BBC News reported that detectives have been applying to the Home Office every six months for a grant to continue their work. The extra influx of cash was met with criticism from other parents of missing children around the UK, claiming "all missing children need a voice." Karen Downes, the mother of 14-year-old Charlene Downes, told the Mirror, "A child goes missing in the UK every three minutes. What about all those others who neve
Last winter (2017/2018) had the highest figure of excess winter deaths (EWD) with an estimated amount of 50,100 across England and Wales, the highest number since 1976. Respiratory diseases were accounted for more than a third of the deaths (34.7%), data revealed. Data provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that, in comparison with recent winters, the number of excess deaths in 2017 to 2018 were 45.1% higher than that in 2016/2017, and it was doubled more than the number in the winter of 2015/2016. The former last EWD peak was in 2014/2015, however, last winter surpassed that with about 6,000 deaths. Nick Stripe, the Head of Health Analysis and Life Events at the ONS, said the main strain of flu, and low winter temperatures could be the reasons for ...