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Steffy Bechelet, Red Box Project: Five things I would change about Jersey

Steffy Bechelet, Red Box Project: Five things I would change about Jersey

Friday 12 April 2019

Steffy Bechelet, Red Box Project: Five things I would change about Jersey


Steffy Bechelet's day job sees her protecting vulnerable adults but that desire to help others also flows in her spare time as she volunteers with a couple of local charities.

After studying and working in the UK, Steffy returned to Jersey over a year ago and recently joined the Red Box Project Jersey, a group that aims to end period poverty within schools and colleges across the UK.

Steffy confesses her hobbies and interests are quite varied and she enjoys crafting, getting a coffee at Coopers and talking all things politics. 

The latter came in handy when Express asked her what she would change in the island.

1. Free menstrual products in all places of education

I don’t believe that anyone should miss education because of a period. The UK government have pledged in their Spring Statement to provide all secondary schools with free period products from 2020.

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Pictured: Steffy thinks all schools and colleges in the island should provide free period products. 

I believe Jersey can do even better than this and provide free period products to primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.


2. Kerbside recycling all round!

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Pictured: Island-wide kerbside recycling would encourage more people to recycle.

We need to introduce island-wide kerbside recycling so that reducing waste and plastic consumption can be accessible and everyone can do their bit on a regular basis.

3. Housing: let it be better and more affordable

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Pictured: All housing in the island should be safe, decent, regulated and costing a fair price says Steffy.

Introduce strict legislation and clear policies that ensure housing in the island is safe, decent, regulated and not costing more than half of people’s monthly income.

4. Let women discuss their tax affairs

Women aren’t financial chattels of their husbands and shouldn’t have to wait until 2021 to have their own tax forms without their partner’s permission.

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Pictured: It's high time married women be allowed to discuss their tax affairs.

It is ridiculous to even have to state this in 2019.

5. Specialist legislation for domestic abuse and coercive control crimes

Jersey needs to address these specific crimes through legislation so that those subject to abuse and control can seek legal justice and adequate protection from their abusers.

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Pictured: Legislation around domestic abuse and coercive control crimes should be better.

We need to be better on this and we need to follow suit from Scotland.

 

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not Bailiwick Express.

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