Empowerment.

Empowerment Doesn't Just Come From A Power Suit

Bronte Huskinson | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bronte Huskinson

Women are incredible. That's just a fact. We are making advancements towards equality every day but sometimes I can't help but feel that society takes several steps backward. Take Emma Watson, for example, a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. An inspiring woman who, in my opinion, has done so much for feminism. But as soon as a picture of her in Vanity Fair showing part of her breasts, (yes, we actually have them under our clothes!) she got accused of not being a feminist. Because you can't be a feminist and show off your chest, apparently.

Notes From The Field: Seeing Change In Nigeria

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

As I write this, I am in Jos, in the Plateau State in Northern Nigeria, some four and a half hours car drive from Abuja. Women for Women International...

The Return Of This Girl Can

Kate Dale | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Dale

The ability for This Girl Can fans to be able to self-identify with those they could see towering above them on the billboards or on their TV screens was what encouraged them to get out and find the best way for them to get active.

The Indian Goddess: The Embodiment Of Female Empowerment

Sherina Rathor | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sherina Rathor

The Hindu religion is the oldest living religion today; around five thousand years old. It revered animals and humans respectively and even more so, women. Goddesses were worshipped just as much as gods and they were endowed with some of the most prominent powers and energies.

Ice Cold, Heartwarming Wedding Day

Kati & Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kati & Henning van der Hoeven

More than once I have been asked: what I have that normal healthy woman don't. Well, the answer is a positive attitude and a smile. It is as simple as that. I am also asked very often if I do hope on a miracle. To tell the truth, the miracle has already happened.

30 Questions To Investigate Your Child's Beliefs

Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Parents
Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska

So how do we as parents arm our children with beliefs that actually empower them? But most importantly, how do we, first and foremost, spot self-limiting beliefs in our children before they grow too deeply into the subconscious mind and hold tight with clinging roots?

The Benefit Of Hindsight - We Can Learn To Love Ourselves

Lisa Ives | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

There is a lot of emphasis now on body positivity, I for sure struggled with that my whole life. When I look back at photos of when I was 16 I feel so sorry for that girl, so much time spent thinking I was fat; I wish I was that 'fat' now.

Women Still Need To Educate Each Other About Feminism - Female Equality Is Not A Burden

Catherine King | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine King

Feminism is about women having the same freedom men have, to have the choice to live whatever life they wish. To reiterate, you can always, always be both. And so, with this in mind, if and when a woman decides to marry and/or have children there should be no change in her plight for female independence.

Can We All Take A Moment To Remind Ourselves What Empowerment Actually Means?

Phoebe Cleghorn | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Phoebe Cleghorn

While it may seem reductive to compare the 'empowering' action of posting a photo of some nipples on Instagram to all of the above, it's simply important to remember that we have so much more to offer than just that. It's time that we all realised our true and varied capabilities in inciting genuine positive change. Only then, will we be empowered.

The Badass Woman's Manifesto

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

They say the best way to get to know someone is to find out about their weaknesses. Declare your flaws, own them. Accept yourself in all your grandeur. We have given birth to the earth. Your strength is a tower compared to your weaknesses, so stand tall. You are indestructible and there is nothing that you cannot recover from.

Spiritual Weight Loss In Four Easy Steps

Alice Grist | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

How about this instead? Maybe the desire to be 'less' is a state of delirium imposed on you by a society that wishes to sell you anxiety. When you buy into that anxiety you become a pawn. One who lives out his or her life beholden to your own bodily parts.

Elizabeth Anionwu's Memoir: Mixed Blessings From A Cambridge Union Exceeds All Superlatives

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK
Claudia Tomlinson

Elizabeth Anionwu is a diminutive woman of colossal talent in everything she has turned her hand to, and to top off a high achieving career, her memoir has now outed her as a wonderful author.

Who Is Kati?

Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Henning van der Hoeven

Kati is my wife. Kati is the young woman who suffered a stroke in 1995 and since that has been almost entirely paralyzed. Kati is a woman that has spent almost her entire adult life trapped inside her body. Kati is also the person that knows how to enjoy life at the moment to the fullest making the most of each and every day.

Fire And Ice - An Empowered First Step Helps Rape Survivors Achieve Anything

Emily Jacob | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Emily Jacob

In my work to help rape survivors move beyond symptom management and lead a full and reconnected life again I am used to meeting some kick-ass, bad-as...

Forget 'Mansplaining' - Just Teach The Next Generation That We're All Equal

Annie Ridout | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ridout

Why, if women are feeling marginalised at work and mistreated by their male colleagues, should they be the ones who have to work hard to fix this? But also, let's be honest: once a derogatory comment's been thrown out there - making a phone call for advice on a comeback isn't the cleverest way to respond. You need to do it there and then.

Coming Home

Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Henning van der Hoeven

my mother's birthday. The doctor called my parents in to break the news to them. "From the brain scans, we can see that your daughter's lower brain area is completely gray." "Our conclusion is that she had a stroke," "I am sorry to inform you this, but the brainstem is so severely damaged that she would not be able to move voluntarily at all for the remainder of her life."

Never Give In

Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Henning van der Hoeven

I've long told bemused friends that I'm not afraid of being haunted and that I actually think it would be quite cool if it happened. Whilst some say that they would rather die themselves than be visited by the dead I don't see what all the fuss is about.

Misery Is Not a Reality

Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Henning van der Hoeven

My name is Kati. I had a stroke in January 1995, and I have been almost entirely paralyzed with no meaningful movement or able to talk since. I have Locked-In Syndrome, I am trapped inside my body. Let me share a little secret with you;

misery is not a reality; it is a state of mind.

Kim Kardashian Doesn't Think She's A Feminist Even Though She Actually Is

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Kim Kardashian was asked to give the keynote speech at the BlogHer conference on Friday - a conference to celebrate women content creators when she re...

You Do Not Owe the World Your Niceness

Katie Portman | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Portman

I've ignored slights, put downs and sarcastic comments. Silenced my gut instinct. Allowed others to cross my personal boundaries. And caused myself nothing but pain, drama and misery in the process.

He's The Man: What Modern-Day Masculinity Really Means for Men...and Women

Tana Dawn | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tana Dawn

Other men seek their salvation in the ring by punching seven bells out of a component to not only prove their manliness, but to release their own pain of losing a father to suicide. Who would want to argue whether its sweat or tears rolling off his rippled body?

When You Just Can't Stomach IBS

Rico Griffiths-Taitte | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rico Griffiths-Taitte

It's hard to refute that the epitome of a fit man is someone who has a chiseled mid range you could grate cheese on. Then there are men like me. We are bombarded with the latest craze in Men's magazines and on the Internet, about men having six pack abs. This for me is a stomach churning thought especially as I suffer with IBS.

How to Build a Confident Bikini Body

Georgina Ellis | Posted 21.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Ellis

I have to apologise for the slightly misleading post title - I'm not here to tell you diet or exercise tips to sculpt tight muscles and reveal rippling abs. I think we're all starting to learn by now that confidence shouldn't be about aesthetics, and the more we can move away from that unachievable ideal, the better.

Advice for Some Age Old Challenges

Vicky Bullen | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Bullen

Last night I had the pleasure of 'speed mentoring' eight female high performers from companies within our group - all of whom were fantastic.

Women's History Month: The Forgotten Women of Syria

Thaslima Begum | Posted 01.04.2017 | UK
Thaslima Begum

Syrian refugee women are facing serious human rights violations, exploitation and gender-based violence on a daily basis.