Italian multimedia journalist based in Glasgow. Passionate about gender and postcolonial studies, my work focuses on women's rights, mental health, and sexuality.
Iris Pase interviews Laura Tomson, one of the Co-Directors at ZeroTolerance.
From the public debate sparked by the tragic death of Sarah Everard to cases of everyday gender-based violence, the past month has seen an increased news coverage on violence against women. As often happens, however, when one jumps on a new “trending topic” without adequate knowledge or without consulting experts, the wealth of news, hot takes, and analysis on the issue has shown that we, as journalists, have still a...
As this year’s Endometriosis Awareness Month comes to an end, Bella Caledonia has talked to some Scottish women affected by the condition. Despite affecting one in 10 women in the UK, endometriosis is still a lesser-known condition that can seriously impact people’s physical and mental health.
Carrie-Mae Macmillan, from Old Kilpatrick in West Dunbartonshire, was only 16 when she first started experiencing a regular, excruciating lower abdominal pain. “It wasn’t the level of pain that I would ...
Young Journos in Scotland is a community for students and budding journalists across the country. Run by Amy Lyall and Iris Pase, we want to create a support network for Scottish and Scotland-based young journalists who we all know face various challenges when entering the media industry.
Our weekly newsletter is curated by Iris and drops in your inbox every Thursday at 5 pm - more or less. It will contain job opportunities in the Scottish media, be it broadcast, newspapers or copywriting.
As we reach the end of this week, I can safely say that the news flow has been overwhelming to say the least. On Monday, International Women’s Day, we started off with sparkly designs being posted everywhere to celebrate the “girl bosses” in our lives. We told them they could do anything they set their mind to. On Wednesday, not only did we find out that 97% of young British women have been sexually harassed but we also began talking about the case of Sarah Everard, a woman who went missing i...
Mainstream reporting bears the effects of centuries of stigmatization towards sex work. News coverage often falls into sensationalistic or judgemental narratives, which can cause harm and endanger people working in the industry.
Respectful reporting can significantly benefit sex workers’ lives, helping lift the stigma. We asked Dr. Anastacia Ryan, founder of Scottish sex worker charity Umbrella Lane, to share her advice for anyone writing on the subject.
Relationships can be a complicated maze to untangle, especially when sex is involved. Physical intimacy, in fact, often brings new meanings and emotions to a relationship, no matter the gender or situation. Communication becomes tortuous because of the often taboo nature we associate to sex.
For decades, the cultural representation of sex has been not only exclusionary of LGBTQ+ identities and sexualities but also profoundly phallocentric.
If you’re young, this is even more true. I remember t...
February 6th is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Introduced by the United Nations in 2003, it is part of their effort in ending this harmful health practice. According to the World Health Organisation, female genital mutilation can be described as “the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” The practice doesn’t have any health benefits for girls and yo...
Content warning: In this article, we discuss some specific aspects of eating disorders that some people might find triggering. If you or someone you know is struggling with disordered eating in any way, see the resources at the bottom of the article.
Every year, tens of thousands of international students flock to Glasgow to study in what has become a dynamic and culturally diverse environment. The pandemic, however, has drastically changed our student experience, leaving many of us stuck with online learning whilst being far away from home, and often having to cope without any support networks. Below are our personal accounts of what it’s been like trying to navigate studying abroad during the Covid 19 epidemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on newsrooms around the world, and journalists have experienced a year rife with news, but full of challenges. While the media industry has taken a key role in tackling misinformation, journalists worldwide have suffered both mentally and financially. The Young Journalist Community, however, sheds a ray of hope for early-career journalists.
Is women’s access to safe abortions and contraception in danger? Freelance journalist Kaylen Ralph tells Iris Pase about Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s career and discusses what her appointment means for American women.
Podcast realised as part of the MLitt in Digital Journalism of the University of Strathclyde.
Music from www.zapsplat.com