After the UoE Feminist Society rose to The Sun newspaper fame this week for charging men more in a bake sale, Chantel Le Carpentier considers some of the world’s other great injustices.
If you don’t know what’s going on – where have you been?
Yesterday, University of Essex arch rivals, The Sun reported on the University of Essex Feminist Society for charging men £1 whilst women and non-binary people got away with paying a cool 82p per cake in a bake sale last week to highlight the gender pay gap – the fact that women are still paid 18% less than men.
Instead of turning the injustice of having to pay more for a cupcake into anger over the fact that women lose 18p in every pound their male colleagues earn, several people (who mostly didn’t want to be named) took it upon themselves to voice their upset to our dear friends at The Sun.
“Nothing advocates against the pay gap like further inequality” Declan Lightowler, student. (Talking to The Sun)
I hear you Declan – why must we try to engage with an obvious tactic to highlight one of the greatest injustices in the UK – that just over half of the population of the country are paid 18% less than the rest when you can get angry about cakes.
FYI – you missed the point – this was never about cakes.
So I thought I’d put some stuff into perspective – here are some things that are slightly worse than paying 18p more for a cake.
1. The India Rape Crisis
The placard in this picture reads ‘delay in justice is injustice’. Rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India and in a documentary that the Indian government banned in 2015, it reported that rape occurs every 20 minutes in India.
Women are blamed for going out at night, with The Independent reporting that a defence lawyer said that he would burn his daughter alive if she ‘disgraced herself’ by going out at night.
2. Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse will affect 1 in 4 women in their lifetime. Two are women murdered every week in the UK as a result of domestic violence.
3. Women’s representation in parliament
The number of men in parliament right now outweighs the number of all women who have ever been elected to parliament since 1919 when the first woman MP was elected.
4. Rape Statistics
According to Rape Crisis for England and Wales, only 5.7% of reported rape cases end in a conviction for the perpetrator and 31% of young women aged 18-24 report having experienced sexual abuse in their childhood.
All of this whilst a third of people believe that women who flirt are somewhat responsible for being raped (Amnesty 2005).
5. Women’s representation in business
According to The Telegraph in late 2016, only 7 of the 100 FTSE100 CEOs are women.
And only 15 have 1 woman as an executive director, 5 have 2 women and the rest have no women as of this time last year.
6. Child Brides
According to Unicef, in Bangladesh, 18% of girls are married by the age of 15, in Chad and the Central African Republic, this rises to 29%.
Unicef report – child marriage often compromises a girl’s development by resulting in early pregnancy and social isolation, interrupting her schooling, limiting her opportunities for career and vocational advancement and placing her at increased risk of domestic violence. (Unicef Feb 2017)
7. The Gender Pay Gap
Women lose 18p for every pound their male counterparts earn.
If only it was just when they purchased baked goods.