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The Daily Recap - Monday 19th September 2022



Iranian Women Are Chopping Off Their Hair And Burning Their Hijabs In Protest Of A Woman Dying In Police Custody


22 year old Mahsa Amini was violently arrested by Iran’s "morality police" while visiting her family in the city of Tehran.


She reportedly was not complying with Iran's strict hijab regulations.


Witnesses claim Amini was later beaten in a police van which led to her being hospitalised.


After several days in a coma, Amini was taken off life support.


Police claim the she had pre-existing health conditions and died of a heart attack.


In Iran women of all nationalities and religions are required to conceal their hair and neck with a headscarf from the age of seven. Source: The Guardian

In protest of the Iranian government and the strict hijab laws, Iranian women have begun sharing videos of themselves cutting their off their hair and setting fire to their hijabs.


Protests have also erupted in cities across Iran with many taking to the streets calling for the government to investigate Amini's death and prosecute the officers involved in her arrest.


Police have begun to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters from gathering in the streets.



According to Netblocks, a watchdog organization that monitors cybersecurity and internet governance, the internet connection has been disrupted in Iran due to the government backlash.


Many users claim they now can’t upload videos on Instagram or send content over WhatsApp.


 

Studies Show 60 Per Cent Of Hospitality Workers In Australia Have Experienced Abuse At Work


A recent study by the University of Queensland Business School found that the hospitality industry is "rife with sexual harassment, bullying, wage theft and exploitation."


Associate Professor Richard Robinson surveyed almost 400 hospitality employees in late 2021 and early 2022 to understand how their working experiences aligned with the five Fairwork Principles: contracts, pay, working conditions, management and representation.


60 per cent of the survey respondents say they experienced "sexual harassment, verbal and psychological bullying or racial abuse" while working in the hospitality industry.


Dr Robinson hopes his findings "would give exploited hospitality workers a voice." Source: Provided

Professor Robinson says the study found that "customers were the main perpetrators, although 42 per cent of respondents said the abuse came from their managers or supervisors."


Around 45 per cent of hospitality workers reported they weren't receiving overtime or penalty rate loading entitlements, and 20 per cent claim they were not receiving minimum pay rates.


"The results exposed deep cultural issues in the hospitality industry, with poor behaviours and practices that have become normalised and systemic," says Professor Robinson, "unless all industry leaders and business owners address these cultural issues at their core, we’ll return to an imbalance of power when labour market dynamics change."



 

Period Dignity Officer Role Scrapped After Worldwide Backlash


Last month local authorities in the Tayside region of Scotland created the country's first ever 'period dignity officer.'


The role would require the officer to implement the Period Products Act and work directly with colleges, schools and local authorities to ensure people have access to free period products.


In addition the officer would also lead a campaign aiming to destigmatise periods and menopause.


However, the role was given to a man name Jason Grant which led to worldwide backlash.


According to reports the former personal trainer and tobacco salesman received online threats and abuse for being hired in the groundbreaking role.


Consequently the period dignity officer role was scrapped.


Representatives from the Period Dignity Working Group say they're "now looking closely at alternative ways to deliver these vital services."


"The group’s joint work to provide free period products is rooted in kindness," as stated by the group," "we therefore ask that the same spirit of kindness is extended to those involved, and that their privacy is respected."


 

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