Kirstie Brewer

I am a BBC journalist focusing on women, social affairs, and inequality. Formerly a commissioning editor at the Guardian, where I ran its Public Servant: Letter to the Public series. Founding member of The Second Source, a group of women journalists working to end sexual harassment in the media. Twitter: @kirstiejbrewer

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My baby died. Please ask me his name

There is no word in the English language for a parent whose child has died, as if the subject were too painful for society to confront. Elle Wright lost her son Teddy soon after...

BBC News

Asylum whistleblower: Decisions are a 'lottery'

The Home Office has denied taking "arbitrary" decisions on asylum cases in order to meet deportation targets, but an asylum caseworker says staff have to work so fast that the...

BBC News

'Why my daughter wants a hysterectomy at 15'

When we told the story of Lucie, who had a hysterectomy at 28 because her periods made her feel suicidal , readers got in touch with similar experiences. For many, it took years...

BBC News

'I was suicidal - the NHS didn't know what to do with me'

It was the ninth time in the space of 10 days that Sherry Denness had tried to kill herself. "It felt like checkmate - there were no open doors or other ways for my life to...

the Guardian

'A lottery': asylum system is unjust, say Home Office whistleblowers

The British asylum process is a lottery and many asylum interviews are rushed, biased and resolved by "cut and paste" decisions by overworked Home Office staff, whistleblowers...

BBC News

Why I took my wife's last name

These days many women keep their own name when they marry, and couples are increasingly opting for a double-barrelled or merged name. But men who take their wife's surname are...

the Guardian

'We'd be walking on eggshells': Christmas offers no respite from domestic abuse

Many of us see the festive period as a chance to spend quality time with our favourite people. But for thousands of people, it will only offer more of what they endure all year...

the Guardian

Why are privatised probation services using public libraries to see clients?

It's a Thursday afternoon and Weston-super-Mare's town hall is buzzing with activity. Through the main entrance is the public library, where Dean (not his real name) is waiting....

BBC News

The UK city where sex work is banned, but hasn't stopped

Hull is the UK's only city to have banned sex workers from its red light district, effectively making prostitution illegal. The council says the policy is working, but Millie,...

Prospectmagazine

Over a century ago, Dickens said it was cruel, wrong and "tampered with the brain". So why is...

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the Guardian

How Scotland is putting a stop to period poverty

When faced with a choice between buying food for their children or tampons for themselves, the four mothers I am talking to in an Aberdeen food bank all say they will deprive...

the Guardian

How the tech industry wrote women out of history

Sadie the typist and Susie her computer: sophisticated but cheap. That's how the duo are billed when they appear in 1960s adverts to promote a now defunct UK computer company....

Refinery29

We Need To Talk About Period Poverty In The UK

Every month, hundreds of UK schoolgirls like Marie resort to measures like these because they can't afford to buy the safe, hygienic sanitary pads and tampons sold in the shops....

the Guardian

After the crime: why employers should give ex-offenders a working chance

When Michaela was 19 she got into a fight in a nightclub with a stranger and was handed a four-year prison sentence for GBH. "It was a 30-second mistake I'll always regret,"...

the Guardian

Why young people are renting rooms in a Helsinki care home | Kirstie Brewer

It's a sunny Thursday afternoon and residents of the Rudolf Seniors Home - Helsinki's largest state care home - are eating raspberry swiss roll and having a spirited guitar...

the Guardian

BehindBras: lingerie business dreamed up in jail aims to help women prisoners

On Barbara Burton's first night in HMP Durham, she was given three sets of prison-issue underwear. It was plucked hastily from a shelf and didn't fit properly. "From that point...

BBC News

Dying in prison: Two women's stories - BBC News

The number of women who died in prison in England and Wales reached a record high of 22 last year, and more than half of them took their own lives, Prisons and Probation...

the Guardian

New York's deputy mayor: After the US election we just have to get up and work harder every day

With New York City still reeling from Donald Trump's surprise victory, deputy mayor Alicia Glen is trying to take small solace in the fact that the president-elect is, at least,...

the Guardian

The Brits helping refugees help Britain

Britain's referendum decision to leave the EU was seen in some quarters as a damning verdict on immigration. But while some see incomers as a threat and a drain, others...