October is Black History Month 2023
This year the theme is 'Saluting our Sisters', which pays homage to black women who had contributions ignored, ideas appropriated, and voices silenced. Read more here.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Also in October, breast cancer awareness month will see organisations around the world aiming to raise awareness of what is still the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Read more here.
‘Feminist approach’ to cancer could save lives of 800,000 women a year
Meanwhile, health experts are calling for a “feminist approach” to cancer to eliminate inequalities, as research reveals 800,000 women worldwide are dying needlessly every year because they are denied optimal care. Read more here.
Bianca Williams: Sprinter says she had nothing to hide in search
Bianca Williams and her partner Ricardo dos Santos had their three-month-old baby in the car when they were searched in Maida Vale in July 2020. Read more here.
'I have ADHD - here are five little-known habits that can be symptoms'
A US based life-coach has shared five common habits that can be symptoms of ADHD. Read more here.
Germany bans ‘cult-like, deeply racist’ far-right group, carries out raids
German investigators have carried out raids across the country as Berlin banned a far-right group it described as a “cult-like, deeply racist and anti-Semitic association” that sought to indoctrinate children with Nazi ideology. Read more here.
Elton John and Ian McKellen lead backlash over Braverman’s call to crack down on gay asylum seekers
Rocket Man issues rocket for home secretary as senior Tories warn Sunak: ‘Suella has lost us millions of pink votes’. Read more here.
‘No one talked about it’: persecution of Mallorca’s Jews finally acknowledged
After centuries of disdain, shame and silence, regional parliament recognises suffering of xuetes, forced to convert to Catholicism in 1400s. Read more here.
Fear over council policy that could force disabled people into care homes
Disabled activists have said they are “very frightened” by council plans that could force people who rely on social care into residential homes against their wishes, and which they believe breach equality and human rights laws. Read more here.
Taking off the hijab: 'My dream was to wear what I wanted'
For some Muslim women, choosing to stop wearing the hijab, or headscarf, can be a difficult decision to make. Read more here.
More October dates
Ada Lovelace Day (10th October) - to celebrate and raise awareness of the contributions of women to STEM fields.
World Menopause Day (18th October) - the purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing.
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