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Dis Life: ‘Putting The “men” In ‘menopause’ At The Expense Of Disability Rights’ – Anna Morell

I am in menopause. I am on the slippery slope of being called crazy, emotional, unreasonable, incompetent and everything else associated with pregnancy and early motherhood.

As far as the whole society is concerned, women’s status in gynecological health support is not high.stamp Disability In the mix, it’s going to be an interesting ancient ride. But I have my broom and I’m ready. bring it on.

This is a disability column. So be patient. We will get there.

menopause A rite of passage for about half of us in our society. It presents specific challenges that get almost zero support, especially in the workplace.

Being flooded with specific hormones is a peculiar feature of the body biology of women and some trans men for a long time in life.

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But the right to leave has been denied by ministers should those hormones shift to a need for better self-care, healthcare or even social care. Just as the Equality Act made menopause a protected characteristic.

Protected characteristics are unlawful to discriminate under the Equality Act. The current list is: age, disability, gender change, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation. Disability. Look – Told you we’d get there.

Menopause leave may ‘discriminate against men’

The reason for not adding to menopause is that such a move could have the “unintended consequence of inadvertently creating new forms of discrimination, for example, the risk of discrimination against men with long-term medical conditions or erosion of existing protections.”

What’s wrong with you now? Letting my hormonal messed mind analyze this. People whose health is adversely affected by hormones at certain life junctures need support under the law, as there is currently no willingness in society and the workplace to allow room for physical, mental and emotional changes caused by hormones. Menopause does not legally enjoy these rights because Could it put “men with long-term medical conditions” at risk of discrimination?

The right to take menopause leave should be enshrined in law, argues Anna Morell (Pictures)


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Those long-term medical conditions that are currently considered disabilities and therefore have been a protected feature of the Equality Act that has been in place for over a decade?

Is the government basically saying in the meanest possible way that the Equality Act is not being enforced in a meaningful way or is it a piece of legislation that has no effect?

People with disabilities know this. We know that filing a lawsuit to protect our rights is difficult and exhausting.

Some, like the brilliant Doug Pauley, have done just that, bringing a steady stream of sound legal arguments to change everyday injustices, from inaccessibility to shops and public spaces to the need to provide for the victims on buses. Protected Wheelchair Space (Thanks Doug!)

  • Amplify the voices of people with disabilities
  • Reveal the colorful life of the disabled
  • Create greater empathy for people with disabilities
  • Spotlight on what affects 14 million people in the UK…and ultimately all of us
  • Ask the government to consult people with disabilities before making any decisions that affect their lives

But for most of us, the struggle is too much. It’s expensive and exhausting. The best we can do is remind employers, shopkeepers and bus drivers that they are legally required to make changes for us. We did it. Sometimes they listen.

So shouldn’t we provide protections for others who may need them? Or should we introduce these protections and strengthen existing ones and their enforcement to ensure that one in five people with disabilities and more than fifty percent who are or will be menopausal are legally protected and properly supported? Just a hormonally messed up thought…

Anna Morell works for Disability Rights UK – the UK’s leading organisation, led by, run by and for people with disabilities.

It works with disability organizations and governments across the UK to influence regional and national change for better rights, welfare, quality of life and economic opportunities for people with disabilities.

Learn more about DR UK here and contact DR UK here.

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