We witness gender stereotypes every day, but how many of us truly notice? How much of it is so ingrained into our culture and psyche that we are simply blind to it? They usually serve a useful function by providing us with mental shortcuts to spare us any unnecessary cognitive effort; however, they are often detrimental and limiting when we, or indeed others, do not conform to these straightforward dichotomies.
The lockdown measures we have all recently been subjected to has offered us a brief insight into the impact on human wellbeing of restrictions on mobility. While migration due to environmental change is not a new concept; the levels of climate migration have increased dramatically in recent years. Whilst our attention has been almost exclusively focused on COVID-19 during these past few months, we must not forget that climate change is inextricably linked with public health as well as with migration.
As the world adjusts to living with Covid-19, combatting the virus has become another platform for certain brands of politics. When politicians of different ideological beliefs clash, and the authority of science is called into question, what results is a fractured and uncoordinated response that only perpetuates the pandemic.
The race is on to find a safe, effective vaccine against Covid-19 which would allow for an exit from lockdown restrictions, quarantines and social distancing. Producing a vaccine is a mammoth task by any standards, but manufacturing a safe, effective inoculation in a matter of months for a virus against which no one has immunity, is unprecedented.
As we celebrate Pride Month, it is important to honour the pioneering achievements of early LGBT+ activists in Ireland. During the late 1970s and early 80s, a dark period marred by poverty, unemployment and the criminalisation of same-sex activity in Ireland, members of the LBGT+ community carried out several acts of resistance and defiance which would forever alter the social and political fabric of our nation.