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Fran Hall

Self confessed feminist currently working as a Programme Director at Debate Mate

I recently graduated from the University of Manchester, where I mentored for Debate Mate for two years. Focussing heavily during my degree on political and moral theory, I'm now turning to every day anecdotes to understand current views on feminism. Over the last few years I've also developed a love of travel, becoming a scuba diving enthusiast and being inspired by world cuisine. Now I'm really enjoying my job where I get to work with some fantastic young people on a daily basis.

We Need to Talk About Consent

Consent is a word we may think we have an understanding of, given its commonplace and importance in the law. But when it comes to sex and relationships we need to clarify and talk far more openly about it, particularly in schools, to help combat the widespread sexual violence against women; a problem that is reaching alarming levels.
06/06/2014 14:32 BST

New Year's Resolutions for Women

Inspired by the letter to Santa from all women, I've taken the liberty of writing a list of New Year's resolutions for women.
29/12/2012 21:19 GMT

Why Are We Not Drilling Gender Equality Into UK School Children?

Not only do we need to teach history so that it does not repeat itself, we need to teach children to constantly reaffirm their beliefs and constantly challenge their surroundings, otherwise sexism and stereotyping sadly continue to exist and new forms can emerge.
16/08/2012 17:15 BST

How Can We Get More Women in the Boardroom?

Walk into a company boardroom in the UK and you will find members likely to be ageing, white, straight, middle class and, most notably for my arguments here, overwhelmingly male.
03/06/2012 14:51 BST

Why We Should Not Trivialise 'First World' Gender Inequality

Increasingly often I have days where my usual concerns begin to appear trivial. International Women's day last week was one of those days. So called 'first world' female problems, such as VAT on tampons, reforming maternity leave, men still opening doors for women, are put into perspective when across the world women are frequently denied so many basic human rights.
12/03/2012 12:36 GMT

Why Is There Such Ignorance of Gender Discrimination?

In my previous post I was opposing being referred to as an angry feminist and the effects this can have on the movement. On the contrary, at least referring to someone as an angry feminist implies some awareness and dialogue with the doctrine.
24/02/2012 18:22 GMT

Women In Sport: Why There Aren't Enough And Why The Media Is To Blame

Women in sport (or lack thereof) has been floating on the periphery of news at the moment. I certainly wouldn't be the first to remark about the lack of women on the BBC Sports personality of the year award shortlist, nor the first to be concerned with how little media coverage women's sport is given (like the forgotten England team's netball victory).
06/01/2012 13:04 GMT

Men and Women: Big Difference?

Life in London: it is hectic and brutal yet truly vibrant. On the one hand the diverse population and innovative businesses lead to forward thinking and trend setting. Yet in many ways London clings onto the old and familiar. Views on gender are a paradigm case.
21/12/2011 11:34 GMT