International Women’s Day issues bias challenge

By Molly Rennie

This year’s International Women’s Day – 8 March as every year – will focus on challenging gender bias and inequality.

There are massive differences beween the jobs men and women do as well as a giant gender pay gap. According to UN Women, women are still paid 11% less globally than their male counterparts.

Justine Roberts, Mumsnet founder, said: “What’s needed is a proper women’s strategy, with specific policies to redress the inequality that’s been triggered by covid, or we’re at real risk of heading right back to the 1970s with regard to women’s economic power.”

The pandemic has exacerbated the already existing problem of gender inequality. Felicia Fawcett, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, accused the government of ignoring gender inequality.

TikTok artist’s debut single is a hit

By Thomas Marks

Essex singer and internet sensation Sam Ryder has released his debut single “Whirlwind”, which went to the top of the global and UK iTunes charts within 25 hours of it being released.

Ryder has been part of several bands over the years and has toured the world. Although his newfound fame has come from him staying safe at home where he started uploading short covers of songs to TikTok. Continue reading TikTok artist’s debut single is a hit

Influencer James Charles denies grooming claim

By Georgia Stroud

Beauty influencer James Charles has had to address a serious allegation regarding grooming a 16-year-old over Snapchat.

The beauty guru issued a statement on Twitter not long after an underage individual attempted to expose James Charles as a groomer. Charles wrote: “There’s a video going around about me on TikTok and Twitter of a guy calling me a groomer and I want to address it right away.” Continue reading Influencer James Charles denies grooming claim

Reading and Leeds festivals are on in August

By Iuan Jenkins

The directors of the twin Reading and Leeds music festivals have confirmed that they are on track to take place late August.

Following prime minister Boris John’s announcement that festivals would be allowed in summer if covid-19 remains under control, the official Reading and Leeds Instagram account posted a video declaring in a caption: “We can’t wait to get back to the fields this summer.” Continue reading Reading and Leeds festivals are on in August

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