Josh speaks with Dr Sara Reis, Head of Research & Policy for the Women's Budget Group (WBG). They discuss the impacts the lockdown has had, is having and will continue to have on women.
Dr Sara Reis: Twitter
Women's Budget Group: Website | Twitter
The blog that Josh stumbled across was Personal debt is a feminist issue on the Brave New Europe website.
The WBG also produce a weekly newsletter providing updates on the gendered impact of Covid-19.
The briefings Sara sent us on the impact of Covid-19 on women:
Bonus | “It’s about the years and years and years of being stood on and stamped on” - Black Lives Matter Protest in Cardiff
Today we hear from the voices from the crowd at the Black Lives Matter protest that took place in Cardiff's Bute Park on Saturday, June 6th 2020.
Black Lives Matter is an international human rights movement which began in 2013 with the #BlackLivesMatter in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer and has been active ever since. The killing of George Floyd on May 25th sparked international protests, such as the one held in Cardiff.
In this episode, Laurence took a microphone, on a makeshift boom pole (to enable social distancing) and listened to what people in the crowd had to say.
Thanks to all those who contributed to the episode, we are very grateful for you sharing your words with us.
This special episode replaces our regular episode that would have been published today.
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Black Lives Matter Twitter
Black Lives Matter Cardiff Twitter
The story of the Cardiff Three is mentioned in this episode, the interviewee mentioned she learnt more about them from a BBC Sounds podcast series The Cardiff Three (Podcast)
Another contributor talks about his blog which you can find here his name is Jafar Iqbal and you can follow him on Twitter @_JafarIqbal_
If you want to see some amazing ariel images of the protest check out Cardiff Eye in the Sky on Instagram, you can see the crowd are peacefully protesting whilst following social distance guidelines.
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Artwork by George Hall @geogeohall
Animations by Emily Turvey @digeoproductions
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Ep15| "It's amazing that we're having to issue guidelines about facemarks" - Melissa Lee, Aerospace Project Manager & Pole Dancer
In this episode, Laurence chats to Melissa Lee, an Aerospace Project Manager and award-winning pole dancer and instructor. They discuss life in lockdown just as restrictions begin to ease, as well as adjustments Melissa has had to make by working and teaching from home.
Episode recorded on May 26th.
Melissa on Instagram: @melee.x
Watch: Dancing for NHS Charities Together
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This article from The Independent highlights further the issue of racism in the UK during the pandemic Coronavirus: Hate crimes against Chinese people almost triple in the UK during the pandemic, police data shows
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Josh talks to social justice activist and chef, Kirsty Haigh. She's currently working for Edinburgh's Food For Good Coalition, who've - to date - cooked around 30,000 meals for the people of Edinburgh (the "second cash richest city in the UK", at £16.9bn in 2017 figures).
They also talk about the need for a better work-life balance, zero-hours contracts, changes to the food system and a positive side effect of the lockdown; that men are talking more about their feelings and mental health.
Edinburgh's Food For Good Coalition:
From their crowdfunder website: "It started with a group message and has now evolved into a coalition which makes and distributes meals. We now have a team of volunteer chefs and delivery drivers working in donated kitchen spaces and supporting community organisations. The coalition partners are:"
- Edinburgh Food Social
- Edinburgh Food Festival
- Nourishing Change
- Slow Food Scotland
You'll find Kirsty on Twitter @KirstyEHaigh where she's a constant source of interesting posts on issues around social justice.