I don’t know about you but for the past few weeks, I’ve seen the word ‘menopause’ pop up more than ever before… and look, I’m really not complaining! It’s about time the media shines the spotlight on menopause. After all, around 50% of the population will experience it!
It’s really been quite the extraordinary month for menopause awareness, so let’s have a look at everything that’s happened.
Employers in Northern Ireland are Being Pressured into Reviewing Workplace Menopause Practices.
The BBC state in this article that an ‘estimated 900,000 women in the UK have left jobs’ due to menopause symptoms. The fact women are having to leave their jobs because of a natural change in their bodies is simply not on. Especially when we consider there are 13 million women who are peri-menopausal or menopausal in the UK – we simply can’t lose any more of these valuable ladies (1)!
Fortunately, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ Northern Ireland Committee and the Labour Regulations Agency have provided guidance to employers regarding menopause support. Hopefully we see these guidelines being implemented sooner rather than later.
This article can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-58914484
Labour MP Liz Kendall Stands Up in Parliament to Give A Heart Wrenching Speech About Her Menopause Experience.
In a male dominant environment, we’re absolutely in awe of Liz Kendall taking her stand to tell her menopause story. Liz describes the ‘terrifying sense of anxiety and panic’ she experienced, alongside other symptoms of aching, itching and hair loss.
And as we hear all too often, she had absolutely no idea what was going on. That is, until someone pointed her in the direction of support. This was when she realised ‘This was something real. Something really was going on. It had a name, and there was something [she] could do about it’.
Liz Kendall is proudly supporting Carolyn Harris’s Menopause Bill. This Bill demands that HRT costs are cut and to provide provision regarding menopause support services. You can find more about the stage this Bill is at here: https://bills.parliament.uk/bills/2897 .
What an impact Liz Kendall had – she’s opened the door to menopause discussions in parliament. Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, described Liz’s speech as powerful and how he hopes much more can be done to help. We truly hope this is only the start of the menopause conversation in parliament.
This article can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-59091395
In a Historic Moment, HRT Prescription Costs Have Been Reduced.
Whilst the UK government didn’t quite meet the Menopause Bill’s demand of free HRT, the government have stated a payment for HRT will only be needed once a year – saving women all over the country a massive £200/year.
But what could you do with £200/year extra? We already have a few ideas for you…
And as Carolyn Harris said ‘What has happened today is only the beginning, I know, but we can do such great things together because that’s what this is all about – looking after wonderful women’.
We’re not the only ones celebrating – in this lifechanging and emotional historic moment, Davina McCall labels this moment a ‘brilliant day for women’.
We’re certain this campaign has only just begun and that our voices will be heard because YOU matter.
These articles can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-59098345 and https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-59088557
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