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Free STI testing on campus

On Wednesday 13th October, the Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s Liberation Campaigns were offering free STI tests on campus, delivered by SX and Waverley Care. The tests were free and open to anyone, and will be carried out in a mobile testing centre that will offer both in-person and home testing kits. SX is a charity […]

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The pill: past and present

2021 marks 60 years since the pill was first made available to women in the UK. It is fair to say that the pill has changed our society and women’s place in it, affording us the ability to choose when to start a family, to have control over painful periods, to pursue further education or […]

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The Noisy Movement: in conversation with Lifestyle

As part of The Student’s focus on International Women’s Day 2021, I caught up with Faye Armitage, Campaign Team Leader for The Noisy Movement, to find out all about the student-led non-profit enterprise making noise about women’s issues, even during a global pandemic. Hi Faye, for those who’ve never heard of it, what is the […]

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Campaign for abortion clinic buffer zones goes nationwide

Back Off Scotland, a campaign started to implement a 150-meter buffer-zone around clinics providing abortion services, has this week launched their first nation-wide petition. The petition has now gained over 2,200 signatures and aims to gather a total of 10,000 throughout Scotland, in order to put pressure on the Scottish government to enact legislation. After […]

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“Back off Chalmers” campaign in Edinburgh gains momentum

A group of University of Edinburgh students have started a campaign to establish 100 metre buffer zones around sexual health clinics that offer abortion services in Edinburgh, in a bid to protect those accessing the services from anti-abortion protestors.  The “Back Off Chalmers” campaign’s petition has already received over 5,000 signatures since it was first […]

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The contraception shortage endemic isn’t being taken seriously

As if accessing contraception could be any more of a drag, on the 6th of February, there was a declared shortage regarding a number of pills and injectable contraceptives. With next to nothing being done about it, it is high time for some moral and medical clarity on female contraception. Conclusive evidence of the effects […]

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Let’s talk about sex, baby

Even though nobody is quite sure why, sex is still what we all associate with a “taboo” subject. Sure, there are some who are loud and proud about their sexual prowess and regular achievements in that department, but for others, it’s something that they’d understandably rather keep to themselves. If you haven’t already been faced with the […]

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Female Genital Mutilation: a crime of miseducation

Content Warning: Details of FGM, sexual assault At first mention of circumcision, male circumcision immediately comes to mind. Jokes about foreskin, turtlenecks and such pop into your head. My 8th-grade health teacher described circumcision as the painful procedure of removing the foreskin from a penis. Though the act was never described in detail, I had […]