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 When in Rome do as the Romans do: Part 3

Do you think it is right that women have to cover up, even when it isn’t part of their religion or culture?

Currently, in France, the law is that it is illegal for women to wear religious headscarves at school and work, and face coverings like burqas and niqabs are banned in all public spaces.

Air France stewardesses were ordered to wear headscarves, covering their hair, on flights to Tehran in 2016. On other flights, they can normally choose between wearing a skirt or trousers but instead have been instructed to wear a long jacket and trousers specifically for this flight (this goes against the law set by France). Due to this enforcement, employees then turned to their unions. Once they were involved, the unions were actively on at Air France and urged them to make it voluntary for their stewardesses. Air France listened to their employees’ demands and allowed them to opt out of flying to Tehran.

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One of Air France’s employees’ said that they were fine with wearing a headscarf during their off-work time in Iran, however, were unwilling to wear them as part of their uniform. What do you think about this?

The overlap of religion, dress and employment is a very interesting case example of what happens when a country with some of the world’s most argumentative laws against Islamic traditions tries to do business in a country with some of the world’s most stringent Islamic laws.

Do you think it is fair that Muslim women aren’t allowed to cover themselves up in France? On the other hand, do you think it is right that the stewardesses on Air France have to cover up when flying to Tehran?

 

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog, please let me know your opinions and feelings towards this topic.

Thank you!

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When in Rome do as the Romans do: Part 2

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Would you like to be told that you couldn’t wear a certain item of clothing?
How would you feel if there was a law against wearing certain things?

Well, there is! There has been a new crackdown on what civil servants can wear in Uganda. Women are not allowed to:

– Wear a skirt/dress that is above the knee
– Wear sleeveless, transparent blouses and dresses
– Show cleavage, navel, knees and back
– Have bright-coloured hair (dyed)
– Have nails longer than 3cms (1.5in), or have bright or multi-coloured nail polish

This has caused a massive uproar in Uganda and it has started fierce debates about morality, clothes and women’s rights in the country. The debate on hemlines has gone beyond the setting of the public sector. It has now reached young girls including Rebecca Naddamba, a final-year education student. She was dressed in a two-piece outfit with a long skirt (caught on CCTV). However, she was getting people asking her if she was “sane” and someone said she “shouldn’t be allowed to become a teacher”. The university wrote to her about her “misconduct at a university function” and asked her to explain why she should not face disciplinary action. All this because of the length of her skirt!

Her case raised many questions. Are the government and society spending too much time looking at what people should and should not wear? Are women being punished for what they wear regardless of the rules?

Ms. Kukunda, founder of ‘Not Your Body’ documents incidents of harassment.

“I was standing on the side of the road, waiting for a friend to pick me up in a pair of shorts. Men started calling me a prostitute. I asked the traffic warden for help, in which he looked me up and down and said: Well isn’t that what you want?”

This shows that those in authority encourage the thinking that women should be questioned, or even punished for their clothes.

 

Do you think it is right that women in Uganda do not have a choice on what they can wear? And what are your opinions on the issue of revealing clothes in accordance to sexual assault?

 

I would really appreciate your comments and feedback on this issue and hope you enjoyed reading!

When in Rome do as the Romans do: Part 1

As part of my unit: Ethics, Issues and Crisis Management, I have been asked to write a set of blogs. The topic is ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’. This means that when you are visiting a foreign land you should follow the ways of those who live there. I want to gather your opinions and feelings on this topic and my blog posts, so please let me know what you think!

The first idea I will be talking about is how women should dress in public. This is a huge issue in the Muslim world and women all over are affected. Looking at the image below you can understand that the Muslim-majority countries find that most people prefer women to completely cover the hair (See woman 4). However, the majority of people from Saudi Arabia deem it appropriate for women to cover everything except the eyes (See woman 2).

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We will later look at the impacts of women who do not go by these dress style suggestions and see how they are ‘punished’. However, for now, do you think it is right that the majority of people in Muslim countries think it is appropriate for women to cover up everything but their face (see woman 4)? Also, I would like to get your opinions on whether you think tourists should cover up in these Muslim countries when visiting?

 

Thanks for reading my blog, I look forward to hearing what you have to say about this topic. Please keep an eye out for more blogs coming on these issues!

 

 

 

 

5 Ways to Prepare for an Interview

  1. Do your research!

Make sure you have researched into the organisation and fully understand the job role you are applying for. This will prepare you for any potential questions you may be asked, meaning you can anticipate the best answers for the interview.

  1. Practice makes perfect!

Practice with a friend and carry out a mock interview. Get your friend to ask you challenging questions you are likely to be asked. This will help you overcome any nerves for the actual day.

  1. Ask questions!

Beforehand, prepare some questions for the interviewer. This will make you look organised and interested in the job you are applying too.

  1. Be early and dress appropriately!

Make sure you aim to be early as you never know what might happen on your way to the interview! This also shows you are keen and organised. Dress accordingly for the interview, make sure you look smart and presentable as this is their first impression of you when you go into the interview room.

  1. Relax and be yourself!

Try to be calm and relaxed for the interview and most of all just be yourself. At the end of the day, they are hiring you for who you are, so show them what you can do!

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Top Three Tips On Going Out On Placement

 

  1. Get Involved

 
Whilst out on placement don’t be scared to get involved and ask lots of questions. Asking questions can be intimidating at first but at the end of the day you’re there to learn, no one expects you to know all the answers straight away! Following this, networking should be at the top of anyone’s list as social media is on the rise. You should make sure your profiles are up to date and look professional, this will allow you to connect with your contacts to keep the relationship going.

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  1. Be Organised

 
By being organised your mentor will be prepared to give you a more varied workload and trust you with more responsibilities. They will feel reassured that you are carrying out all your tasks correctly and are likely to give you space to carry out things your way. I like being organised so I can plan out what needs to be done and for when, which helps me be efficient in order to meet deadlines.

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  1. Keep a placement diary

 
Depending how long your placement is you’re likely to forget what opportunities, personal achievements and challenges you came across. A diary is the best way to keep track of everything, just write a few sentences each day so you can easily reflect back. This will be beneficial for when you come to add things onto your CV or contact details of people you met.
 

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What do you think are the most important tips about going out on placement?
Please share your views and let me know what you think about my blog post,

Thanks

Georgina

Solent holds Meet the Professionals event in the new Spark building

On Monday 30th January,​ the school of Business, Law and Communications came together to hold the Meet the Professionals event, in the new Spark building. Over 30 professionals attended from a variety of businesses including Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising sectors. The evening began with three insightful presentations from Digital Marketing agency Koozai, Solent alumni Sally Newman was the first to take the stage, speaking on the importance of work experience. Next to talk was Sophie Howell who explained the world of social advertising before handing over to Jen Williams gave her top tips on creating a CV and discussed the wonderful world of content marketing.

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