What I've been up to this week in the Senedd and the region. From street art to Otis Bolamu getting leave to remain in Swansea. To campaigning to save Erasmus, to the petition by Dwr y Felin to roll out Wellbeing Ambassadors across all schools in Wales.
Just sharing some thoughts on the wonders of pregnancy! From the comments I get from others, to taste bud changes, to experiencing kicks from the little one, to support for me at the Senedd when I'm on maternity leave and what that may or may not look like...
What is coercive control? What did Sally Challen and David Challen say about their experiences of their landmark campaign referencing the existence of coercive control in her relationship with her husband? How can we do more to support those who come forward when they identify themselves as having been in coervicely controlling relationships? What more can the criminal justice system do? How can we improve our society to stamp out such coervicely controlling relationship?
I've been very very bad at keeping up this podcast. New year, new me. No excuses. I'm back! Listen to my podcast later today on coercive control and the event I arranged on this matter in the Senedd this week....
What's it like being a young woman in politics? What are the challenges? Am I a role model? What about the abuse, the mansplaining?! How can we inspire other women to get involved. Here my initial thoughts and experiences. I will definitely return to the subject! I have much much more to say!
I got in to a Twitter chat recently with a journalist about why some women don't go for smear tests and how we can encourage them to do so. It may be uncomfortable, it may be traumatic for some, but ultimately it will benefit our health. I give me views on this, how we can have a better understanding of it, more awareness campaigns, and the idea of self testing which is being piloted in London soon.
I love to travel. I love Nordic Noir so I always like to travel to Nordic countries to see where the programmes were filmed or where the crim novels I read were located. I went back to Sweden and Norway last week. Travel widens horizons and gives you experiences to last a lifetime. It also makes me realise how successful small Nations can be, and makes me more determined to fight for an Independent Wales!.... ****SORRY I POSTED THIS PODCAST ON REPEAT. IT DOESN'T LAST 3O MINS. ROOKY ERROR. ****
Hear about the evidence session today that Ken Skates AM gave to the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee that I sit on in the Senedd. Why did they Welsh Government scrap the plans, what are the alternatives, how will the new South Wales East Transport Commission work? Any comments or questions please email me on Bethan.firstname.lastname@example.org
What are some of the main issues that AMs raise during this important scrutiny session? From family courts, to no fault evictions to a workers cooperative in the Rhondda to job losses at Ford, Bridgend. Find out more about what goes on!
I got married in Mumbai and then went back to India in the Summer for my honeymoon. I tell you here a bit about the food, the culture, the people, and why animals choose to sit on tarmac in the middle of motorways....