Doctors are to provide multilingual resources on cervical cancer to coincide with European Cervical Cancer Prevention this week. The HSE however is spending €453,000 to reach women who speak English while deliberately avoiding the word "women".
Who decided that dropping the word "women" from cancer screening information for women was more important than reaching the 20% of all eligible women who never attend for a smear?
In a year in which the HSE removed the word "women" from a cancer screening service for women, we celebrate what we are with this poem "Woman".
"CervicalCheck is a population screening programme, which means it has the opportunity to improve the health of the eligible population. We aim to make the programme accessible and inclusive of everyone in the population.." Except for "women" that is. Why is the HSE excluding us?
The definition of lesbian has become a subject of debate - with some claiming that lesbians are capable of attraction to males, whilst others acknowledge the nature of lesbianism - but claim it a problematic orientation that should be punished if not unlearned.