Empowerment

Older Women Take Up Life Modelling to Empower Themselves

Alex B | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alex B

It is wonderful to see that life modelling can be turned into a way to enhance women's self esteem and thus be empowering. Do you feel inspired? Would you like to have a go?

Collaboration and Empowerment: New Styles of Leadership for a Digital Age

David Lancefield | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
David Lancefield

Letting go of the past is all the more important if your company is a mature business, where the baggage of the past can impede necessary change...

Stop Misusing the Term 'Empowerment'

Helen Reeves | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Reeves

With the common mantra that "sex sells" and the idea that we have now reached a cultural peak of sexual openness and opportunity, a so-called 'post-feminist' outlook might argue that women today are now more sexually empowered to make a broader range of sexual choices. But whilst it's laudable that women are allowed to be sexual and openly enjoy sex; surely empowerment would be doing that on our own terms?

Five Things You Can Do to Make a Difference on International Women's Day

Cherie Blair | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cherie Blair

There are a huge number of activities going on around the world to improve the situation for women, and there are places where men are working with women to achieve this. There's no doubt that this movement is gaining momentum and makes nonsense of the idea that men cannot see women as equals. It's an outdated way of thinking, and increasingly governments, businesses, communities and families are all coming to recognise the positive benefits to be had when women and men are working together and treating each other as equal partners. Of the numerous ways to change women's lives for the better, I've picked out five things that you can do to help make that change today:

How the 'Avon' Model Is Empowering Women to 'Inspire Change' in Madagascar

Laura Robson | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Laura Robson

The first International Women's Day (IWD), aimed at both celebrating the extraordinary social, political and economic achievements of women, and directing a spotlight on areas requiring further action, was observed in 1911 at a time when family planning services were extremely limited.

LOOK: Artist Peels Back Skin To Highlight Rights And Empowerment

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK

Artist Hikaru Cho uses her body painting expertise to create incredible realistic effects which make it appear her models' skin is peeled back, in an ...

How to Be in Your Power in an Awkward Moment

Becky Walsh | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Walsh

Awkward is that horrible silence that makes your skin crawl. You believe you need to fill with any rubbish that may come out of your mouth, to take away the feeling of awkward! Actors and directors know the power of this moment; they call it 'dramatic pause'. Pause is communication; a lot can be said in a pause, often more than something being spoken.

How and Why You Should 'Take the Lead' in Your Twenties

Chenice Clarke | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chenice Clarke

During the latter months of 2013, I came across a fantastic campaign entitled 'Take The Lead.' The campaign states that it "...prepares, develops, inspires and propels women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. It's today's women's movement - a unique catalyst for women to embrace power and reach leadership parity." I was hooked, and immediately followed the campaign...

Fine Tune Your Assertiveness Skills

Annie Ashdown | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

I was so afraid of conflict and when I did try to be assertive, I came across as being aggressive. However that's a long time ago before I mastered my communication skills and fine tuned my assertiveness skills.

Spiritualise Your Resolutions in 2014 - Seven Spiritual New Year Resolution Solutions

Alice Grist | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Here are my seven spiritual resolution solutions that will help transform your life in powerful ways, without doing anything other than changing how you think, having some faith and being open to change that comes naturally and as if by magic.

20 Most Inspirational Quotes by Highly Successful Women

Annie Ashdown | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

"Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications are not your life."

Five Steps to Communicate With Confidence and Ease

Annie Ashdown | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Do you feel needy for approval and want to be liked by everyone? Do you sometimes find you automatically say yes without considering the consequences?

Woman Chops Off Her Club Foot So That She Can Wear High Heels

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

If New Yorkers Carrie Bradshaw and Mariah Serrano took part in a battle to see who loves shoes the most, we know who would win. Serrano, who was born ...

Will the Buckingham Palace Summit Empower the Young?

John Nickson | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
John Nickson

The Prince's Trust supports 55,000 unemployed young people a year, 5% of the total, and intends to double the numbers it supports, with turnover increasing to £100 million a year, most of it donated. The Trust's objective is to help them enter the job market or found businesses. Volunteering plays a key role, both for the young and their adult mentors.

Women, 10 Ways to Get What You Want!

Sarupa Shah | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarupa Shah

Having it all is possible, desirable and perfectly OK. If anyone tells you that you can't have it all - run a mile from them. You can have exactly what you want on your own terms without hurting or offending anyone or anything else you fear will happen when you get to have it all.

Defined Lines

Gemma Parry | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

Has anyone had the chance to watch the feminist version of Robin Thicke's song, Blurred Lines? If not, (where have you BEEN?!) please go and look it up now. Or scroll to the bottom of this blog - it'll be there in all its glory.

Reflections on a Student-Led Summer Camp in London's Poorest Borough

Adam Seldon | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

Hayley came to me last autumn with the idea of setting up a summer camp for children from deprived backgrounds. I nodded enthusiastically at her proposal but was frankly sceptical. Jess, co-founder of the camp, points out that students are eager to hatch lofty plans whilst nursing a drink but less inclined to see them through...

Change Your Thoughts to Change Your Life

Jayne Morris | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

By replacing old negative thought patterns with new positive ones you create new neurological pathways and can literally rewire your brain. It is as simple as noticing your thoughts, identifying whether they are supportive and then choosing to change anything that might be holding you back.

British Jobs For British People: A Migratory Perspective

Mamata Nanda | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK
Mamata Nanda

I came to this country about forty years ago. I had an MSc in physics and my undergraduate degree was in physics and maths. I applied for and luckily got a reasonably good job within a few weeks and even changed jobs a few times in the next two years.

Take Your Power Back and Listen to Your Intuition

Jolene Setterfield | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jolene Setterfield

How often do we go through our days feeling as though the whole world is against us? It can sometimes just take one minor incident to take us off track and we allow our entire day to go into a negative spiral at times. Remember, only YOU have the power to change YOUR life.

Make Sobriety Your B*tch

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Making sobriety your b*tch means you get to be in charge. No, you do not drink. No, you do not think about it. Do not entertain it as option. Your body is not going to go renegade and pour itself a drink. Become obsessed with sobriety. Why is it such a strange suggestion?

The Masters Tools Will Never Dismantle the Masters House: Thatcher's Legacy on Power, Leadership and Feminism

Natalie Gyte | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Gyte

David Cameron remarked that Thatcher had "smashed through the glass ceiling" - she did, but not for women, simply for herself. She did not open the door for other women behind her; rather, she smashed the glass and replaced it with barbed wire fencing. She reinforced a system that does not allow for female leadership unless it acquiesces to patriarchal modes.

Can a Workplace Be Democratic?

Henry Stewart | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK
Henry Stewart

The 51 "Most Democratic Workplaces" in the world were announced today in the 2013 Worldblu Awards. These come from ten different countries, dozens of ...

Please Don't Give Up Drinking

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I don't like it when I hear people talking about "giving up" drinking. I don't like it because it doesn't really work. It's not about sacrifice. The very term "giving up" alcohol I take issue with. Nobody "gives up" drinking, the same way nobody gives up at a traffic light when it turns red. You just stop.

This Is My Beautiful

Sheila Hageman | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Hageman

As women, we must bond together to spread the word about the importance of self-esteem to the next generation. We must begin healing the split through admiring the talents and love visible in every woman regardless of her size or color or uniqueness.