Engender is really pleased to be working with University of Edinburgh student Elena Rodriguez on a project exploring women's experiences of the menopause.Born in San José, Costa Rica, Elena graduated in Medicine and
Surgery from the University of Costa Rica in 2016. She has since worked researching access
to healthcare for migrant and indigenous populations in Costa Rica, and on knowledge
and attitudes towards flu vaccines with health professionals and postpartum
women. She's been a feminist since 1990, and in her first blog for Engender, she sets out what the project hopes to do.
Biologically, the menopause is considered a natural part of ageing. Generally defined as the moment a woman stops having periods, it occurs at the average age of 51 years in the UK. However, for some women the process happens earlier - often with no apparent cause, or as a result of surgical or medical procedures, for example some cancer treatments.
This week the Scottish Parliament held its Stage 1 Debate on the general principles of the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill. Following the debate, Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee convener Joan McAlpine MSP took to Twitter to criticise the work of Engender and other women's organisations. In order to clarify and correct some inaccurate statements which were made, Engender, along with Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, Close the Gap, Zero Tolerance and Equate Scotland, wrote to Ms McAlpine and other members of the Committee.You can read our full letter below.
For the past couple
of years we have asked women in Scotland to share their days with us as part of
our Making Work Visible project on International Women's Day. This year, our
Making Work Visible project is back and even bigger than before.This year, Engender are
running a photography and video project to show all of the different things
women in Scotland do. We are looking for people to take part in this
photography project to tell us about women’s lives across Scotland.