Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

‘Break the taboo’: 2021 menopause festival goes online after 2020 cancellation

Rachel Weiss and Kate Wyatt
Rachel Weiss and Kate Wyatt

A festival to tackle the stigma around menopause will go ahead online this year after Covid-19 forced organisers to cancel last year’s event.

Organised by Perth charity Menopause Café and founded in 2017, #FlushFest2021 is the world’s first menopause festival.

It aims to provide information to people of all ages and genders, with the virtual event due to be held on April 30 and May 1.

Menopause education

Organisers will be joined by Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark – patron of the Menopause Café – in delivering the festival.

Chairwoman of the Menopause Café Rachel Weiss said: “#FlushFest2021 is a volunteer-run festival, whose aim is to inspire and educate people of all ages and genders about menopause whilst having lots of fun along the way.

“Kirsty Wark will open the world’s only menopause festival to help break the taboo and have some fun as it goes virtual from its home in Scotland.

“There will be talks by experts, stand-up comedy, creative workshops, theatre and some outstanding cabaret performances, all raising awareness of the impact of menopause on those experiencing it, their friends, family and colleagues.”

A seminar of menopause and the workplace will be held as part of the festival, with participants discussing and debating the issues surrounding it.

It aims to explore women’s rights, employers’ obligations, menopause policies, and how the issue affects women’s economic participation at a national level.

The event is sponsored by numerous organisations including Lindsays law firm, the Guildry Incorporation of Perth, Rowan Consultancy and the Robertson Trust.

‘Best practice’

Employment law partner at Lindsays Kate Wyatt will speak on the first day.

She plans to discuss best employment practices in supporting employees going through the menopause.

She said: “Many of us are accustomed to reading or hearing about the menopause in women’s magazines, health supplements and lifestyle programmes but there’s very little talk of it in business circles.

Kate Wyatt of Lindsays law firm

“In years gone by, it’s not a subject which people have been comfortable speaking about but that is changing so that mindset shift has to filter through to the workplace too.

“I will be highlighting best practice, explaining what employers need to be doing and highlighting the huge strides which society has made in terms of women’s participation in the workplace.”

Support in later stages

She added: “It’s not just about supporting women while they bring up their children anymore but also supporting them in the later stages, ensuring that steps are in place to retain women at work to the mutual benefit of both the employer and employee.”

Other speakers will include Professor Jo Brewis of the Open University, Kelly Innes of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Darron Dupre of UNISON.

The second day of the festival will invite members of the public of all genders to participate in workshops on areas including poetry, speaking out, and nutrition.

Tickets

Now in its third year, the #FlushFest was first held in 2018 at Perth Theatre.

The festival programme and ticket booking can be accessed on the Menopause Café website.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]