On today’s episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast, I talk about the challenge of women’s wellbeing at work during Covid-19. I decided to make an episode on this because last week, I was invited to be part of the panel of speakers at the Women and Work All-Party Parliamentary Group.
This year’s theme for the group is women’s wellbeing in the workplace, and this particular meeting focused on women’s wellbeing at work during COVID -19.
I was honoured to be part of this and felt it was a great platform to raise a number of issues that friends, colleagues and women I know have encountered during the lockdown and during this period of COVID – 19.
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In today’s show, I talk about:
- Why I was so pleased to be invited to the All-Party Parliamentary Group/APPG on this topic [00:56]
- A number of specific challenges that women in the UK face due to societal pressure. [01:43]
- What workplaces can do to help improve the welfare of women now and beyond Covid-19. [09:18]
- The importance of linking in with organisations that can help in a proactive way. [11:58]
- Why we need to have potentially difficult conversations about issues such as sexual violence, race equality and caring responsibilities. [18:07]
You can read the full transcript at this link: Transcript of Episode 61.
- All-Party Parliamentary Group via email and on Twitter
- Guardian Article: Women aged 50-60 at greatest risk of ‘long Covid’, experts suggest
- BBC News: Coronavirus: Why disabled people are calling for a Covid-19 inquiry
- Accountacy Age: EY introduces paid leave and support for domestic abuse victims
- Podcast Episode on Talking About Domestic Violence at work with Katie Russell and Harriet Smailes:
- Podcast Episode about Windrush with Patrick Vernon
- Money-Saving Expert: Claim a year’s Worth of Tax Relief if you are working from home
- Podcast: The Messy Myth of Meritocracy
- Mind’s Campaign on Enhanced Sick Pay
- Lone Worker Safety Live Conference (free access)
- Podcast: Intersectionality and International Women’s Day
Quotes about the challenge of women’s wellbeing at work during Covid-19
- If we are really and truly going to build back better, we need to think about the holistic woman and the specific challenges that women in the UK face. Particularly caring responsibilities.
- We still don’t know the effects of long COVID-19 and how that’s going to impact people long term. But it is a thing and it is happening.
- We also know that there is a gender pay gap across all ethnicities, and also a pension gap between men and women.
- It’s very important to stress that the Black history and the Black journey does not start with slavery.
- I’ve got many friends who have said that they just got too exhausted and burnt out who had to take sick leave because they were expected to educate everyone else on what was happening and systemic injustice and racism.
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