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Harassment, gender pay gap and mental health: young Bermondsey journalists report



It comes after some of the Compass School students appear on former Woman’s Hour host Dame Jenni Murray’s podcast

In April we spoke to some 8th grade students studying journalism at Compass School in Bermondsey. You can read some of her reviews below – and who knows, this might not be the last time you see her work on the news.

Pink Tax, Gender Pay Gap; the current problems of our ‘modern’ society

By Greta Pezzolato and Leslie Brigette Castillo-Caicedo

More than 100 years ago women were treated as inferior and suffered from great inequalities. Today our environment has improved and we have achieved many rights for women; for example the option. However, we are not at full parity.

The data show that the UK gender pay gap causes an overall wage gap of 23 percent. This often means that women earn much less than men despite having the same job.

Despite the gender pay gap and many other factors, many people, including women and young girls, believe that feminism is not necessary. Many other women find this sad and worrying as sexism and inequality affect us all.

In fact, in 2018, YouGov found that only 34 percent of women in the UK consider themselves feminists.

Many people have started to see feminism in a negative light, thinking that equality has been achieved. Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said in 2011: “Men get a rough deal. Feminists are now among the most disgusting fanatics. “

People often think that it is only because women can drive and vote that equality can be achieved. However, women still face many obstacles.

Women often have to pay significantly more than men for the same products such as shampoos, deodorants, razors and earplugs. This is known as the pink tax. This huge economic inequality often arises because of the colors of the product and the packaging. Products for women are often pink or purple, these colors cost more than black or blue, the colors we often see on product packaging for men. Pink tax products can have a difference of as little as 50p or up to £ 15.

However, not everyone thinks that feminism no longer makes sense. In her interview with us, M said: “Of course we still need it. A lot of people think we have parity, but that’s not true because there are still many cases where it is not fully achieved. “

Prejudices are always present in politics. In fact, women’s politics is really rare as people often think they are too weak and too emotional to make important decisions for the country. In the UK government, only 34 percent of MPs are women; whereas only 35 percent are councilors. There have been changes since the 1918 Act (when women were given the right to vote) but there is still room for improvement as the seats in the UK Parliament are mostly occupied by men.

Many women still cannot identify as feminists. This is because of the negative connotation some people have on feminism today. People are led to believe that feminism means that women are superior to men rather than equal to them. One of the best ways to make things better is to educate ourselves and see with your own eyes that feminism is still important.

What needs to be done to change our society? From closing the gender pay gap to encouraging women to get involved in politics. Because our environment can overcome stereotypes, prejudice and bigotry by teaching and educating ourselves.

How lockdown triggered mental health problems and self-harm

By Lottie O’Hara

Grief, isolation, loss of income and fear trigger mental illnesses or restore existing ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people may experience increased alcohol and drug use, insomnia, and anxiety during lockdown.

More than 42 percent of people surveyed by the US Census Bureau reported symptoms of anxiety or depression in December, an increase from 11 percent the previous year.

The coronavirus pandemic has created exceptionally challenging and worrying times for all of us. The effects of social distancing, lockdown, loss of loved ones to the virus, and over-consuming stress-inducing media reports are taking a huge toll on our mental health and well-being, explains a survey by Mind, a mental health charity. It is also said that the people suffering from the poor mental health will continue to experience lingering effects long after the lockdown ends.

In the survey we learn something about Anna. She is seventeen and lives in Northamptonshire with her parents. Anna was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at the age of eleven and spent time in a mental hospital three years ago to treat her eating disorder. Although Anna didn’t leave home to exercise during the pandemic, she was incredibly worried about contracting the coronavirus and passing it on to her family. Although she wasn’t as concerned at the beginning of the lockdown, she felt that her worsening OCD symptoms were making her think about it and that the constant stream of negative global news added to her fear.

Two other interviewees also spoke about their mental health and personal experiences. One person said they had a negative but positive experience. “It was both negative and positive, negative because I hated home schooling, but positive because I had to stay home all the time!”

The other person explained that because they kept their mind busy, they had a positive experience. Both said that one of their family members was ill and was being cared for, which then had a profound effect on their mental health during the lockdown.

One of the people I interviewed stated that they had had mental health issues before the pandemic that they were helped with at the time. The same person then had distant relatives die of Covid-19, which had adversely affected them.

Both then explained how most people’s mental health would have been compromised due to a lack of social interaction and that they feared for the future generation. “I worry that my kids are inside and unable to socialize, and I worry that the next generation may suffer from mental health in the future.”

Some people use social media to talk about their mental health. They use certain phrases or words to seek help or to get attention from others who are going through the same thing as them. One of the most common phrases is “the shower will sting” / “tonight’s shower will sting”; This explains self-harm and how hot water stabs open wounds. Some people also show short videos / cut photos of their self harm to raise awareness.

People share their stories on social media showing how much they have improved from a few months / years ago. Some people also use certain apps or games that track their self harm; they aim for a certain number of days / times. If you keep harming yourself, change and update the app. This app is called Calm Harm.

Young girls talk about their experiences of sexual harassment

By Tye Hulbert

Young girls have finally started to express their personal experiences of sexual harassment and to be approached by older boys and men on the streets of their neighborhood.

So many young girls between the ages of eleven and eighteen are assaulted and assaulted by sex offenders in their vicinity almost every day. Every young girl approached for this article said that they felt a little “anxious” or “uncomfortable” walking the streets for fear of it happening again. “I am still thinking about it and can imagine it so clearly from the day it happened,” said one of the interviewees, who did not want to be identified. Her words vividly summarize the long-term effects of these events on the everyday lives of some women.

According to a survey by UN Women UK, 97 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 24 report that they have been sexually harassed in some form. It is difficult to find data on girls between the ages of eleven and eighteen because not many of them comment on it. However, according to the statements of the interviewees in this article, it is clearly a problem.

From insults and whistles to rape, hundreds of thousands of girls are subject to long-term sexual harassment in a variety of ways.

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Emirates News Agency – Urology Conference wraps up showcasing latest developments in modern medicine



DUBAI, 22nd May, 2022 (WAM) — The second edition of Interdisciplinary Urology Care Consortium (IUCC), under the theme ‘Transcending Therapies, Driving Technologies’, which was officially concluded in the presence of local and international experts in the field.

The annual event is organized by Arab Association of Urology (AAU), under the initiative of Arab School of Urology (ASU), and in collaboration with Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Emirates Urological Society (EUS), Middle East Society for Sexual Medicine (MESSM), Pan Arab Continence Society (PACS), Human Health Education and Research foundation, and INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions EST. – member of INDEX Holding.

This edition’s importance lies in the variety of topics it holds which confirms the UAE’s leading position in fields that cover quality of life, health services, and the employment of advanced medical technology. This further proves that the UAE strives to move on the path of development and creativity to provide the best services for individuals and quickly facilitates the recovery process for patients with various diseases and health problems by providing them with the best integrated medical care.

IUCC’s agenda included informative medical sessions with a live surgery broadcast from Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital demonstrating various topics that covered all subspecialties and specializations in the field of urology, diseases related to the urinary system, and the latest technologies in diagnostic and treatment methods with a special highlight on male reproductive medicine.

This year’s edition of the conference hosted over 450 healthcare professionals visiting from more than 20 different countries, and 85 speakers who participated in three workshops and 10 scientific sessions. IUCC also showcased 15 professional medical posters displaying breakthrough research explanations.

dr Abdulqadir Al Zarooni, President of the Emirates Urology Society, said, “Through the Interdisciplinary Urology Care Consortium (IUCC) conference, we established an environment that supports efforts to educate patients with urological diseases about the importance and benefits of their treatment journey, and to discuss the latest treatment methods that modern medicine has reached in the evolving sector.

“With the presence of more than 450 health specialists, we are showcasing the futuristic developments of the United Arab Emirates in various scientific, technological, and medical sectors, while addressing the accelerating need for healthcare in response to the country’s continuous growth and development.”

dr Yasser Farahat, Chairman of Arab School of Urology and IUCC Scientific Co-Chair, commented, “This conference gave us the opportunity to fill the gaps that come with urology awareness as we were able to explore the challenges that we must overcome to provide the best prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services. We also take the time to build partnerships and cooperation bridges between various health institutions.”

dr Ahmed Hammady, Secretary-General of the Arab School of Urology, added, “IUCC highlights the most important and latest developments, treatments, and medical research in the field of urology. This reflects the keenness of doctors to mobilize efforts and unify visions towards contemporary medical challenges and global developments related to urinary tract diseases, urinary tract infections, and all related diseases and health problems.”

The conference also hosted a surgery broadcasted live from Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital, which shed light on Uro-Andrology and men’s fertility, IUCC 2022 is proudly supported by Dubai Health Authority (DHA); Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP); Arab School of Urology; Emirates Urological Society; Emirates Oncology Society; Middle East Society for Sexual Medicine; Arab Association of Urology; Pan Arab Continence Society; Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital; and Human Health Education and Research Foundation.

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The Best Early Memorial Day Deals to Shop Now in 2022



Memorial day (May 30) means the unofficial start of summer. And to celebrate, some of our favorite brands and online retailers are slashing prices on some of their bestselling wares. That means a holiday weekend of sun, surf, and lots and lots lots of shopping.

While sales traditionally didn’t start until the the Friday of the actual holiday, today’s online stores have been dropping doorbuster deals much earlier in recent years. That’s right, there are so many Memorial day sales that have already started. For example, you can already find some insane deals on home gym equipment, workout clothes, mattresses, grills, furniture and more. In other words, if you need it for your home (especially fitness deals), it’s probably on sale this month.

Memorial day deals have gotten so massive, they rival Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday in discounts. Wayfair is taking up to half off some of their top outdoor furniture and mattresses, while Amazon is shaving prices off of treadmills, exercise bikes, and more. If you’re looking to upgrade your tech (without breaking the bank) Apple has tons of discounts on AirPods, iPads, and more.

With so many sales already available, it’s hard to find which ones are worth copping. That’s why we did the hard work for your and scoured the web for the absolute best memorial day 2022 sales to add to your cart. Watch this space, as we’ll be updating deals as they come in. Happy shopping!

The Best Early Memorial Day Deals to Shop Now

Apple AirPods Pro



$197.00 (21% off)

Primal Bells

Propane gas grill, stainless steel

Propane gas grill, stainless steel

Char Broil


$250.77 (32% off)

Puremotion Adapt Shoes

Taylor Repeat Pimaformance Polo

Taylor Repeat Pimaformance Polo



Bowflex C7 bike

Bowflex C7 bike

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Memorial Day Package

Memorial Day Package



Fast track tank

Fast track tank

Outdoor Voices


Merton Wicker Seating Set

Merton Wicker Seating Set



Fitbit Versa 2

Fitbit Versa 2



$120.19 (20% off)

OLED C1 Series 77”

Arctic Mattress

Arctic Mattress



Best Early Memorial Day Deals at Amazon

  • Save on Apple AirPods, including 37% off Apple AirPods and 30% off Apple AirPods Pro.
  • Save on Amazon devices: save $20 off the 4th Generation Echo Dot; Save $15 off the 3rd Generation Echo Dot; take up to 40% off Kindle devices; take 30% off select FireTV devices; take up to 25% off Halo wearable devices.
  • Take up to 35% off select Fitbit smartwatches and fitness trackers.
  • Take up to 20% off Philips One by Sonicare smart toothbrushes.
  • Save up to $800 off LG OLED TVs.
  • Save up to $200 off select Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets.

    Best Early Memorial Day Fitness Sales


    • Save 33% off Hydrow’s Memorial Day Package, which includes the rower, accessories, 1:1 personal coaching, and standard delivery.


      • Take up to 25% off select supplements.
      • Take up to 20% off home gym equipment.
      • Take up to 20% off workout clothes.

        Read more: Onnit Memorial Day sales


        • REI Co-op members save 20% off on one full-price item and an extra 20% on one REI Outlet item. Use coupon code “ANNIV22” at checkout.


          • Take $25 off everything site wide.
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            • Take up to 50% off select home gym equipment.

              Best Early Memorial Day Grill Sales


              • Take up to $200 off select grills.


                • Take up to 40% off select portable grills.

                  Spark grills

                  • Take $200 off all Spark grills


                    • Take up to 40% off select flat top grills.


                      • Take up to 25% off select Kenyon portable electric grills.
                      • Take up to 20% off select Weber grills.
                      • Take up to 30% off select Coleman grills.

                        Read more: Memorial Day Grill Sales

                        Best Early Memorial Day Men’s Clothing Sales


                        • Take up to 35% off menswear staples at the Huckberry Memorial Day Sale.
                          Outdoor Voices

                          • Take up to 50% off the OV Extra sale section.


                            • Save up to 20% off workout clothes, athletic sneakers, and workout gear at the Nike 50th anniversary sale.


                              • Take up to 50% off workout shorts, slides, and more summer workout clothes.

                                Best Early Memorial Day Furniture Sales


                                • Take $100 off purchases of $1,200 or more, $250 off purchases of $2,500 or more, or $550 off purchases of $4,500 or more.


                                  • Take up to $1,000 off select outdoor sectionals, tables, and dining sets.


                                    • Take up to $1,000 off select furniture at Burrow’s Spend More, Save More Sale. use promo code”MDS22” at checkout.

                                      Best Early Memorial Day Mattress Deals


                                      • Take up to $1,000 off the Arctic mattresses and select bases (up to $400 off the mattress, up to $600 off the base).

                                        Nolah Mattresses

                                        • Take up to $700 off mattresses, $50 off mattress protectors and $40 off sheet sets.


                                          • Take up to 40% off select bedding, pillows, and blankets.

                                            Sleep Number

                                            • Take 20% off when you buy three or more bedding items, and 30% off when you buy six or more bedding items.
                                            • Buy one pillow, get one 50% off

                                              Tuft & Needle

                                                Read more: Memorial Day Mattress Sales

                                                Best Early Memorial Day Deals at Wayfair

                                                • Take up to 75% off select office furniture.
                                                • Take up to 70% off select outdoor furniture.
                                                • Take up to 60% off select coffee tables.
                                                • Take up to 40% off select living room seating including sofas and sectionals.
                                                • Take up to 40% off select bedroom furniture including beds, nightstands and dresses.

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    Men Taking Prenatal Vitamins: Effects and Advice



    Men can take prenatal vitamins – but with the potentially harmful increases in iron they provide – it’s best to instead go with vitamins that are strictly designed to support fertility.

    If you’re planning on becoming preggers or if the fertility goddess has already blessed you, your doctor will likely recommend taking prenatal vitamins.

    These dietary supplements help the person carrying the baby experience a healthy pregnancy and reduce the risk of complications like miscarriages, congenital disorders, and preterm labor.

    Prenatal vitamins are an essential part of pregnancy care. But what about peeps with sperm? Seeing as around 50 percent of infertility problems stem from both female AND male issues, one might wonder if prenatal vitamins could have a place in men’s fertility management as well.

    So, should men take prenatal vitamins, or are there better alternatives? Let’s take a look.

    The short answer is “yes”, men can take prenatal vitamins — but it’s not necessarily a great idea.

    Prenatal vitamins usually contain a mix of the following:

    • folic acid to help prevent congenital disorders
    • iron to support placental development
    • calcium for the baby’s bones, muscles, and teeth
    • Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to protect against pregnancy-related complications
    • zinc to reduce preterm births
    • vitamin A to support eye development

    Because these vitamins are designed specifically for the pregnant person, they’re high in iron. Men need around 8 milligrams (mg) of iron a day, while pregnant folks need 27 mg. Unnecessarily doubling down on iron can lead to overdose, severe health problems, and even death. Eek!

    But isn’t good health and nutrition important to both parents? Yes, it’s essential as it affects the likelihood of conceiving, contributes to pregnancy outcomes, and maternal and child health following birth.

    It’s also essential for the long-term health of the baby. But, because of the balance of vitamins and minerals in prenatal supplements, it’s probably best that men consider a specific formulation for their needs rather than those designed for the person carrying the baby.

    Taking prenatal vitamins is a prerequisite for the pregnant person, but experts don’t specifically recommend them for men, and their role isn’t well studied. That said, some vitamins may help boost sperm count and could increase your chances of parenting a child. Especially since men are less likely to seek help for infertility.

    Remember, though, that any type of dietary supplement only makes up for nutrient shortfalls. If you’re not deficient in a specific vitamin or mineral, taking a supplement won’t confer any health benefits and could even be harmful. If in doubt, it’s best to chat with a health professional and see if they recommend prenatal vitamins.

    Traditional prenatal vitamins lean heavily on nutrients to help grow a healthy baby. In contrast, male prenatal vitamins and nutrients aim to improve fertility by boosting sperm health and motility, aka swimming strength. Although, you may well see some overlap on the ingredients lists.

    Here’s a rundown on some of the vitamins you may find in male fertility supplements.

    Folic acid

    Early research from 2008 suggested that folic acid or folate may help reduce sperm abnormalities. But these effects are debatable as a 2020 study found zero benefits for semen quality or birth rates in men taking supplementary zinc and folic acid.

    If you want to add folic acid to your routine and you’re not pregnant or lactating, limit your intake to no more than 400 micrograms (mcg) daily.


    Zinc may increase sperm count and function as it helps swimmers fuse and penetrate an egg. Additionally, it may boost testosterone production. So, it makes sense that some research associates low levels with male infertility.

    But according to the 2020 study from earlier, zinc supplementation may not prove beneficial.

    Recommendations are no more than 40 mg of zinc per day, and exceeding this can cause nasty side effects like the runs.


    Your brain, liver, and kidneys make antioxidant l-carnitine from amino acids. And most people make enough for their needs, so there are no dietary recommendations for supplementation.

    However, a 2012 review noted that l-carnitine might increase sperm quality and movement. Additionally, a recent 2020 review noted that l-carnitine boosted sperm motility and overall health but didn’t increase the chance of natural conception.

    Vitamins C and E

    Vitamin C and E are powerful antioxidants that appear in seminal fluid and protect sperm from free radical damage. Vitamins C is water-soluble, while vitamin E is fat-soluble. Men who have issues with fertility may have lower levels of these vitamins in their semen.

    A 2011 study suggested that taking vitamin E along with selenium increased sperm motility. Again though, results are mixed, as a 2016 review noted that although oxidative stress significantly affected male infertility, supplementary vitamin E and vitamin C didn’t always help.

    The authors concluded that supplementing with a blend of l-carnitine, selenium, and vitamins C and E may improve sperm concentration, motility and health but may not boost pregnancy outcomes.

    The recommended intake for vitamin E is 15 mg per day. And whatever you do, don’t exceed 180 mg, as this can increase the risk of prostate cancer. For vitamin C, aim for 90 mg a day.


    You need selenium for reproduction, DNA production, and to protect you from free radicals and infection.

    In a study of 690 infertile men, daily vitamin E and selenium supplements over 100 days improved sperm motility as well as overall sperm size, shape, and appearance in over half of the participants.

    Adults need around 55 mcg daily, pregnant peeps need 60 mcg daily, and this jumps to 70 mcg daily if you’re breastfeeding.


    CoQ10 is a coenzyme that plays a critical role in DNA replication and repair, and it acts as an antioxidant and neutralizes harmful free radicals.

    Supplementing with CoQ10 may help improve semen parameters in men with certain sperm problems. A 2019 research study showed that taking supplemental doses of CoQ10 could significantly increase sperm concentration and improve motility. The changes were greater in the individuals receiving 400 mg daily compared to 200 mg.

    Rather than taking prenatal vitamins designed for peeps carrying the baby, some people with penises may benefit from fertility-boosting supplements. But supplements only help people with abnormal semen parameters or deficiencies. If you’re healthy and have healthy sperm, supplements are unlikely to increase your chances of conception.

    If a health pro suggests taking male fertility supplements, then evidence highlights the benefits of antioxidants, including L-carnitine, CoQ10, vitamin E, and vitamin C supplementation. Aim to take the supplements for around 3 to 6 months before your planned conception time, as it takes sperm around 3 months to mature.

    Besides taking vitamins, there are some other things that male partners can do to prepare for conception:

    • screen for STDs and treat appropriately
    • stop smoking
    • reduce alcohol intake
    • maintain a moderate weight
    • learn your family medical history
    • take care with toxic substances like fertilizers, bug spray, and animal poop

    Prenatal vitamins aim to support the health of developing babies and the person carrying them. These vitamins are part of preconception care and can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications.

    Men can also take prenatal vitamins that focus on sperm health. Although there’s some evidence that substances like L-carnitine, CoQ10, vitamin E, and vitamin C may help under some circumstances, it’s generally only the case if you have infertility or sperm problems.

    For most peeps with penises, living a healthy lifestyle and eating a nutritious diet should provide everything needed for healthy sperm production.

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