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    Statement on sexual harassment allegations

    Sexual harassment is a form of sexual violence that affects up to 97% of women (UN). Due to its prevalence, it’s often described as culturally endemic. Nurses in particular are at risk of sexual harassment with a recent Nursing Times investigation highlighting that as many as 60% of nurses have been subject to this behaviour with some stating that it is so normalised, that it makes them feel afraid but that “no one cares about it”. The recent announcement of RCN Congress moving to online only will have come as a shock to many members, particularly in light of “serious allegations of sexual harassment”. For many women, this issue will…

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    Statement on Mandatory Vaccinations

    There has been much talk in the last few days about the decision by the government to make the Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for care workers. With 82 percent of care workers women1, the RCN Feminist Network felt it important to comment. Nursing is an evidence based profession and it is important we look at the evidence around mandating vaccines and the effectiveness of such a policy – or risk succumbing to populism. The link between mandatory vaccines and vaccine uptake remain ambiguous. An EU report into compulsory vaccinations and rates of coverage in Europe between 2007 and 2013 showed countries with mandatory vaccines had no higher coverage than those without2.…

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    Statement on ethical overseas recruitment practices

    We are aware of an email circulating, in which a GP practice nurse involved in the recruitment process of another GP practice nurse, appeared to respond to an application from a Nigerian nurse using the words “another one but again Nigerian x”. Whilst we welcome the decision from both the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the relevant CCG to investigate the matter, we wish to take this opportunity to highlight the situation many Nigerian and other internationally recruited nurses are facing. Despite the UK government aligning with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) advice on ethical international recruitment, many nurses are still arriving from overseas and struggling to gain employment. The…