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Don’t shave; it’s Movember

We are only halfway through November, so there's still time for you to join the tide and grow the moustache. If you have been seeing a lot of 'moustrachey' men around, it is not a coincidence, there is a reason - a very important one. If in October we were encouraged to 'wear it pink' to bring attention to breast cancer prevention, November - or shall we say Movember? - is the month dedicated to men. This is the time to raise awareness on men's mental health as numbers show that men are dying surprisignly young. The Movember movement puts a range of men's health issues on the spotlight, from cancer to anxiety. And it uses the cute moustache to do so. The campaign dates back to 2003, and now it has spread across the UK, the US, Canada and Australia. Fortunately, it has been grow...

#Intersex: The real issue behind not having a third sex marker

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On Wednesday, Germany’s highest court ruled for a legislation that will legally recognise a third sex. What does the new legislation mean for intersex people, what issues are we fighting and will the UK follow suit? The constitutional court Karlsruhe decided that, by the end of 2018, legislators must pass a new regulation to open gender markers for all and to offer a third gender option in birth registers for babies who are born intersex, which means their bodily characteristics do not match strict medical definitions of male or female. The ruling is the result of an appeal brought by an intersex person, registered as female, whose chromosome test confirmed ‘she’ was neither sex, the BBC reports. By many activist-groups the decision is seen as the ultimate step - after it had already

Why is there a fuss around Priti Patel’s visit to the Golan Heights, and why does it matter?

Calls for the cabinet minister, Priti Patel, to step down, are ‘drumming up’ today following reports by Israeli media revealing 12 unauthorised meetings of the MP with Israeli politicians last August. Throughout her trip to Israel, one she'd described as a self-paid “family holiday”, the MP met with a number of Israeli politicians, including the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Furthermore, Ms Patel has reportedly visited an Israeli military hospital located in the Golan Heights, and thus breached the British Diplomacy Protocol that refuses to recognise Israel’s authority over the area, which has been occupied in the Six-Day War in 1967. Allegedly, while Ms Patel visited the military field hospital in the Golan Heights, she declared plans to give UK aid money to the Israeli hospital, w

Pregnant women face work discrimination and layoffs

A maternity rights charity has claimed that the Government is failing to defend expecting women from losing their jobs. Evidence from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) showed that there are no sufficient laws in the UK to prevent pregnant women from being made redundant. Although some employers actively try to avoid laying off their expecting employees, according to the current UK laws, pregnant women are meant to be treated the same way as the other employees when it comes to being made redundant.       As reported by the Guardian, the Maternity Action charity claimed that ministers pledged to review report on pregnancy and maternity discrimination in January, but have failed to address the issue since. Conservative MP Margo...