From the World Cup to COP27, November has been a whirlwind from start to finish. We’ve put together top news from the past month from the world of women.

 

  • COP27, where are all the women?

Concerns were raised over the lack of female representation at this year’s COP27 summit. Out of 110 leaders, only 7 were women. With reports showing that women are more likely to tackle climate change and urban planning with diversity and sustainability, it’s shocking to see a lack of women do not have a seat at the table.

 

 

Read more about women and climate change here.

 

  • Wimbledon have relaxed their all-white dress code… finally!

Wimbledon have announced women will no longer have to wear all white underwear during the yearly tournament. This comes after a campaign put together by Gabriella Holmes and Holly Gordon protesting the dress code in relation to women’s periods.

 

 

Read more about Gabriella and Holly’s campaign here.

 

  • Women’s Aid’s ‘He’s Coming Home’ campaign

Women’s Aid released their “He’s Coming Home” campaign in reaction to the Fifa World Cup. This comes after statistics proved domestic violence against women increases by 38% when England lose a football match.

A series of impactful images were created by artist Corbin Shaw and stirred important conversations online.

 

 

  • Women’s bodies are not trends!

A tweet from the New York Post went viral for all the wrong reasons after suggesting the ‘Heroine Chick’ body type was coming back into fashion. This created a whirlwind response online from women advocating to promote healthier stereotypes and diet culture.

 

 

  • Iranian’s women’s rights are at the forefront of the FIFA World Cup

The Iran national football team refused to sing their national anthem during their first match in response to the ongoing unrest in the country. Protests have been taking place since the death of Mahsa Amini.

 

 

Iranian football fans have been using the FIFA World Cup as a stage to protest. Read more here

 

  • Concerning increase in maternal mortality and pregnancy-related deaths in the UK

Women in the UK are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in Norway. Those are the stark findings of a report published earlier this month by MBRRACE-UK.

 

 

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care highlights the sharp rise in maternal mortality rates in the UK – we now have the second highest maternal deathrate in an eight-country study – further evidence of widening and worrying gender disparities in accessing healthcare.

The report identifies suicide as the main direct cause of pregnancy-related death, as cuts to public spending continue to exacerbate frontline mental health services and put pressure on providers. It also identifies two specific groups of vulnerable women, who share one common denominator – poverty. Life expectancy for women is also declining in deprived areas.

 

  • Climate change and women – what is the link?

Recent studies prove women are four times more likely to be affected by climate change compared to men. A lack of food security will affect women’s ability to provide food as they’re statistically more likely to assume to role of feeding families. When women are displaced by climate change, they’re more likely to be subject to violence and sexual assault.

 

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To find out more, read out blog on the link between women and climate change here.

 

  • Liverpool’s lost women remembered in moving vigil

A special vigil was held in Liverpool on November 25, to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.

 

 

The vigil, organised by Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service (LDAS) in association with Amadudu and Kuumba Imani, honoured the memory of local women and girls who have lost their lives to male violence.

The vigil was particularly poignant as it coincided with the first anniversary of the death of 12-year-old Ava White, who lost her life after attending the Christmas light switch on in Liverpool city centre on the same day last year.