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JessM Tue 13-Nov-12 17:24:44

A good introduction to this global phenomenon. The man who is bringing affordable sanitary pads to the rural poor of India.

Butty Tue 13-Nov-12 18:15:47

Jess That's a wonderful link! I found myself applauding AM. smile

JessM Tue 13-Nov-12 18:22:05

Yes he is a bit of a star isn't he.
The bit where he had to try the sanitary pad s on himself because he couldn't find any indian women to volunteer. grin

Butty Tue 13-Nov-12 19:31:52

Hands up to him, I say. How many men would do that?

Anne58 Tue 13-Nov-12 19:34:27

Is TED an acronym?

JessM Tue 13-Nov-12 19:37:33

Yes Technology Education ... um...
It is a global phenomenon anyway. People get up and give a short interesting talk. The talks go on line. Nonprofit organisation. Tedx are independent events organised under the umbrella of big ted, as it were.

Butty Tue 13-Nov-12 19:38:15

pheonix Technology, Education and Design.

I am a fan of these lectures. smile

fluffy Tue 13-Nov-12 19:47:17

I love these TED talks. I didn't know anything about them until my son showed me them on netflix - but you can also get them as an app on your phone. There are some really inspiring talks.

Elegran Wed 14-Nov-12 09:29:39

JessM posted a link to a talk by a wonderful Indian man who discovered that his wife was having to scrimp on food to buy STs so he set to and designed an affordable machine to make them cheaply and at the same time provide work for women in rural areas. Have a look, it is inspiring, and very funny at times.

Elegran Wed 14-Nov-12 09:30:55

Wrong thread, sorry. I was replying to another thread where someone asked about a reference to TED STs.

Anne58 Wed 14-Nov-12 19:34:06

The man is right to try to make modern sanitary protection available to all women, BUT in the UK VAT is still applied to sanitary towels and tampons.

Yes, the rate applied has gone down to 5% (the same as "essentials" such as gas & electricity etc) where it was previously a shocking 17.5%, the same as "luxury" goods, but did you know that mens razor blades are tax exempt? And even so, there have been questions raised in parliament recently with regard to how expensive razor blades are getting!?

The average women will need some form of menstruation related sanitary items for around 40 years of her life, and that is a conservative estimate as girls are reaching puberty quite a bit earlier these days.

Men can choose to shave or not, women can't opt out from having periods. Even at the lower rate, HMRC is still making money out of women!

JessM Wed 14-Nov-12 19:51:12

Meanwhile I was surprised to learn that we have a minister for women and that she has made her first speech, against quotas of women in boardrooms. I will not hold my breath awaiting her next pronouncement.

Ana Wed 14-Nov-12 19:53:43

I haven't read about that yet, Jess, but surely we don't want token women appointed to boards just to make up a prescribed quota?

Anne58 Wed 14-Nov-12 19:58:49

Every position should be gained on merit, experience and suitability for the post, regardless of other factors.

The way that politcal correctness is going, it could end up that you have to be a disabled lesbian from an ethnic minority to even get past the initial screening.

nanaej Wed 14-Nov-12 20:09:52

Well done that man! Employment too!

Nelliemoser Wed 14-Nov-12 23:48:14


I first saw this thread in (In the news.. When will some men learn...... )

I think its another victim of disappearing threads. Like the nuclear power one.

Anne58 Thu 15-Nov-12 00:18:26

? Thread confusion, or is it me?

JessM Thu 15-Nov-12 07:24:33

Sorry no its me being tangential. Back to TED. We have TEDx events here now, there is one in December. TED is holding a big women's issues event in NY. We have 3 speakers in MK and then live stream of of some talks from NY. Should be an inspiring Sunday afternoon in December.

Nanadog Thu 15-Nov-12 07:46:33

I hope it's not the position that 'token women' are being appointed to boardrooms or any other job. But it is the case that many able women who could and should be appointed are being overlooked or worse, discriminated against. Quotas can help to ensure a better balance. Attitudes are changing in many industries, board rooms, schools, etc but there are still bastions of male chauvinism ruled over by pompous old asses boys. And sadly the likes of Margaret Thatcher put the cause of equity back a decade.

JessM Thu 15-Nov-12 08:11:05

I personally favour open recruitment to boards of directors. That would be progress. As it is, board members put forward people they know for these posts and because most board members are chaps, then who do they recommend? The result is a great lack of diversity on boards.
I guess a period of quotas would serve to break this mould and mean that they would have to start advertising.

absentgrana Thu 15-Nov-12 08:49:28

A brief period of [unfair] quotas to counterbalance centuries of prejudice and bias would not necessarily be a bad thing. No one is suggesting that totally unsuitable/unqualified women should be appointed.

Nanadog Thu 15-Nov-12 09:25:03

As opposed to totally unsuitable and unqualified males? How many of us have suffered under such specimens?

JessM Thu 15-Nov-12 13:25:26

Well how have the banks managed to escalate directors salaries so much - the directors set remuneration.