International Women's Day, 2021
I love this day because despite how I sometimes moan about the perils of being a woman, it’s these same things that bring me closer to other women, our bonds, a world that men don’t know of (or perhaps, turn a blind eye to). This last year has turned the world upside down for all of us, and the beast that is COVID knows no bounds and is threatening to undo decades of work by fellow feminists for gender equality!
Did you know that during the pandemic woman are more likely to be made redundant than men, particularly women in ethnic minority groups who are worse effected with redundancies and reduced hours? A TTUC report shows 1 in 10 women of colour were out of work, and the overall BAME unemployment rate had risen from 5.8% to 9.5%* this year alone.
I was impacted by an article about this subject matter at the beginning of COVID* (which resulted in MBaH’s JET fundraising) and again more recently, and around the same time, an article was published which said that us Brits feel those who have been made redundant or who have suffered employment insecurities are to blame for their shortcomings, with attitudes such as individuals are “likely to have been underperforming”.*. Now let’s take a moment to put two and two together and see what narrative is being pushed - how’s that for equality?! NOT GREAT!
Further still, a staggering 13% of Britons saying that they think black people are more likely to be unemployed and have lower incomes because they “lack motivation or willpower”* - I mean, what the actual f...!
So, this IWD 50% of all profits from the IWD Collection will go to Asian Women's Centre, a charity who’s main purpose is to support BAME women who have suffered domestic abuse, as well as providing welfare and education services, but most importantly TO EMPOWER WOMEN.
Let’s share the love today Huns.
Banner graphic by: @designsbymcj
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