Jenny Lester is a feminist writer and performer. She currently works at Equate Scotland, and has previously worked in women’s rights organisations and mental health charities. She completed an MA in Women’s Studies researching sex education, pleasure, and faking orgasms. In this 'F-words' blog, she'll be discussing the terms ‘virginity’ and ‘foreplay’ and offering some suggestions for less patriarchal alternatives.
Content Note: this blog contains terminology around anatomy and sexual acts, and one instance of a censored swear-word.
As Engender continues to work to ensure that women's equality is at the heart of Scotland's response to Covid-19, our Executive Director, Emma Ritch, writes about why gathering the right data is so important.
of the ways in which we are trying to understand Covid-19, and respond
to the devastation it has brought to families and communities, is
through numbers. The number of tests administered to populations, the
numbers of people admitted to hospital, and the numbers of deaths
attributable to Covid-19 are reported on rolling news. Readers check the
charts produced by data journalists for signs that incidence of the
virus has peaked. Numbers are studded through reporting on possible
strategies for loosening lockdown while constraining transmission of the
Earlier this month, our Head of Development Catriona
Kirkpatrick attended an International Women’s Day event ‘We Need to Talk about Race’, at the Royal College of
Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) exploring racial inequalities in childbirth in
the UK. Here, she writes about the event and how this issue is reflected in
Azita Jabbari-Arabzadeh is a BAME migrant women with an extensive background working with BAME women, including migrants and refugees. In this guest blog, Azita explores some of the issues which face migrant women in the UK, with a particular focus on health inequality.
I came across some shocking news regarding the health and the
high rate of death of pregnant black women recently, which I believe, together
with the news of a higher rate of mental health issues among South Asian women
in the UK is at least worthy of some thoughts by the population and certainly worth sharing worth sharing with
readers of the On the Engender blog.
Today Engender was planning on hosting a Parliamentary reception to mark the anniversary of our report Our Bodies Our Rights: Identifying and removing barriers to disabled women's reproductive rights in Scotland. Given the developing situation around COVID 19 (also known as Coronavirus), and as the needs of disabled women and carers are at the heart of our work on Our Bodies Our Rights, we took the the difficult decision to cancel this event. While we were incredibly disappointed not to be able to hold the event as planned, we're pleased to be able to share the speech which would have been given by Christina McKelvie, Minister for Equalities and Older People.
Every International Women's Day, we ask women across Scotland to share their days with us, to highlight the unpaid, undervalued, and invisible work done by women in Scotland.
This includes the low-paid (and falsely-named 'unskilled') work which is dominated by women, the unpaid care work happening in houses across the country, household chores which are unevenly distributed (even if men think they are equally shared), and all of the mental labour which women are - say it with me now - "just naturally better at".