Blood isn’t blue. Now, before you look at me confused for stating the obvious. Think, about why nobody sent tampon (and/or sanitary towel) adverts that message. It may sound a silly thing to focus on for some people. Who cares if they show the absorbency of the pads through blue liquid? The blue liquid makes it feel more scientific; like you are at a hospital. Clinical. That’s probably why they do it. So it seems cleaner. But women don’t bleed blue liquid, and each time blue liquid is shown it reminds women that the world is afraid to see their blood. It reminds women that for a lot of people periods are the opposite of being clean. They are dirty and impure.
It’s no secret that as women we’re confronted with sexist stereotypes on a daily basis.
Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the workplace – and you don’t have to look far to find examples.
And these aren’t our only constraints – even mentioning your period at work is taboo. We’ve all been there – caught unawares at the office with no tampon or pad to hand and forced to request supplies from a female colleague, stuffing the offending item up our sleeve in the hope that no one catches wind of the fact that – God forbid – we’re on our period.
Over the past few months, nominations have been flooding in for the fifth annual British Indian Awards, and the finalists have now been shortlisted. Based on a vote by the British public, the awards highlight the valuable role that British Indian businesses and professionals play in the communities and industries they operate in. The Awards seek to reward the entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen embodied by the British Indian community in the country.
The black tie event will be held at The Athena in Leicester on Wednesday the 14th of June.
Binti International, London UK is among the finalists in the Best Charity and Community Initiative category. Binti’s CEO and Founder Manjit K Gill is a finalist for the Indian Spirit in the Community award. The organisation will attend Wednesday’s awards.
Speaking about her nomination, Manjit said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be a finalist again for this prestigious award. It’s a privilege to be recognised for the work that we do and I hope that these awards bring us closer to our vision of creating a world where every woman has menstrual dignity”.
The British Indian Awards recognise and commend the efforts, determination and hard work of the British Indian community and businesses and their significant contributions to a diverse range of industries in Britain.
The glamorous event promises to be the biggest and most unforgettable night in this year’s social calendar. Numerous prestigious accolades will be awarded to the most deserving professionals and establishments in the British Indian community, including categories such as Best in Media, Young Achiever of the Year, Leaders in Finance, Business of the Year and many others.
Irfan Younis, CEO of Oceanic Consulting – the event organisers - said: “We are delighted to see so many people getting involved in The British Indian Awards over the years. We have had a fantastic response from the public and we are looking forward to welcoming and acknowledging the most dedicated and successful British Indian professionals and businesses in a celebration of their tireless work and achievements. We would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck.”
George Osborne is facing pressure from campaigners after failing to scrap the tampon tax.
Campaigners claim the Government has “gone quiet” on the matter since announcing the five per cent VAT on sanitary products would be scrapped back in March.
Mr Osborne originally made the pledge to remove the tampon tax last November, but was unable to do so due to regulations applied by the European Commission that prevented member states from removing the tax.
Most women can remember their first period. I can: I was staying with my step-grandmother, with my dad and his wife. We went to a pharmacy to buy pads, which were massive and gave me the impression that I could expect to lose a lot of blood – which thankfully, I didn’t. When I got home to my mum, she gave me a big hug and said (slightly tearfully) “You can have a baby now!” I was 11, so this was not exactly comforting, but the intention was good and I was thankful even then that I was able to discuss it with her openly.
Uncertainty, struggle and stigma are just some of the threads that knit together the shared experiences of the homeless community.
But for women who are homeless, there are several unique challenges only they know: What it's like to have a period without access to supplies. What it's like to monitor your behavior due to fear of sexual assault. What it's like to be pregnant and not have the services you desperately need.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Last week, UK news reported that the charity Freedom4Girls had discovered school girls in West Yorkshire had no alternative but to stuff toilet paper down their pants to stop themselves from bleeding through their clothes at school. They couldn’t afford sanitary products and some were skipping school as a result. Freedom4Girls is a UK-based organisation that is focused on work in Kenya on this issue. However, since learning about these girls, the Charity has had sent some sample packs to the school and launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for research into the scale of the issue in the UK.
This is a sad and shocking revelation from an advanced economy. After the story made news, the UK’s Education Secretary Justine Greening promised to "look carefully" at the issue, in light of suggestions that tampons and sanitary towels could be given free to British pupils from low-income families. Since then, more than 15,000 people have signed a petition calling for schools to give out free tampons and towels, an initiative that has been adopted by a number of American universities and secondary schools.
The number of people sleeping rough on Britain’ s streets rose by 16 percent in 2016 to 4,134, the sixth consecutive annual increase, according to official government figures.
And the situation is particularly worrying for young people with a recent survey by the charity Centre point showing 15-25 year olds make up a quarter of street sleepers, a figure that’s expected to rise as the government moves to end housing benefits for jobless 18-21 year olds.
Leading charities and NGOs have voiced concern over the lack of support in the Spring Budget for organisations that focus on some of the most pressing social problems, including rising homelessness.
But the good news is the growing number of business leaders who are using their influence to help promote causes in dire need of recognition and funding.
Among these are brothers Sheetal and Ricky Kapoor, owners of The Edinburgh Collection Limited, a boutique hotel chain in the Scottish capital, and London’s Blackfriars Wine Bar, who are supporting several charity initiatives, most notably homelessness.
Sikhism is highly prevalent in the UK. Due to that thousands of Sikhs fought and died for Britain and the Commonwealth in the First World War and many remained in Britain once the war was over. In fact, according to the 2011 census, there are approximately 423,000 Sikhs resident in England and Wales.
Despite this, the British public still have a general lack of knowledge about what Sikhism is. I for one, have to admit before writing this article, my knowledge on the subject was patchy at best.
Even though, Sikhs who live in Britain have embraced British culture and show pride in being British. The British Sikh Report in 2014 showed that 95% of respondents were proud of their ‘Britishness’
So what exactly is a #BintiBauble you might be wondering?
Well, to celebrate Christmas, the charity Binti are decorating tampons with a Christmas theme. On Binti’s social media sites they are actually running a competition for the best homemade #BintiBauble and the Binti team will pick the best to be featured over Christmas.
Binti will also be creating a Binti Christmas tree covered in #BintiBaubles and as part of their Christmas initiative will be donating sanitary products to an organisation that needs it.
So why should you be decorating your tree with a #Bintibauble?