Pledge for Parity

Once a year (I’m pretty sure it is only once) there comes a time when it is acceptable, and even encouraged, to stop and think about how women have made a difference to society since (for some, long perhaps before) their emancipation. “International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.” — http://www.internationalwomensday.com Make a Pledge For Parity is a campaign to help stabilise the world gender view. Gender inequality isn’t always ‘in yer face’ or belligerent. It’s…

VIE (very important email)

There’s a very important email petition going down at E4MH (equality4mentalhealth) HQ. A number of public leaders, presenters, authors, sports personalities, and educators such as Ruby Wax, Joanna Lumley, Norman Lamb, Alistair Campbell, Danny Boyle, Michael Morpurgo and Sir Steve Redgrave, amongst many more, are behind this strong message to government that we have an opportunity to make a difference to our entire country, right here, right now. It involves letting Chancellor George Osborne & Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt know that more compassion and investment is needed in order to bring our mental health to the same level of importance and proactive…

People Power

As I was tying up my laces to head out the door for a training run, Jeremy Vine came on the radio. I wasn’t paying particular attention, but his voice brought up a memory of a series of radio interviews and articles I’d come across recently which caused my heart to shudder with disbelief. I stopped what I was doing and decided I had to get these thoughts down because they are pertinent to my challenge. I resigned from the police service a few years ago as a direct result (amongst other reasons) of the Tory government’s bullying of the…