Empowerment

Channel Your Inner Hepburn!

Sarah Dyer | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Dyer

How many of us go around living through someone else, or through our conditioned responses, thinking that things have to be a certain way or worrying about what others think? And stop ourselves from doing so much in fear of how things might turn out?

How to Love and Accept Your Body

Rebecca Fredericks | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Fredericks

Whatever your shape, size or age, if you're a woman - you've probably wanted, and perhaps even tried, to change your body. So, why is this? Why do we see them as a 'something', an object, to be abused, treated badly, and even fought with. Something that can even determine our level of self worth.

Empowering Social Workers With Mindfulness and Co-production

Anna Betz | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Anna Betz

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom....

Here's What Bell Hooks Got Wrong About Beyoncé Being an Anti-Feminist Terrorist

Lauren Davidson | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lauren Davidson

It's not a brand of feminism that speaks to or works for everyone, but Beyoncé's form of feminist liberation is to be a strong, sexual woman -- and to be utterly confident in it.

Crowdsourcing Leadership

Suzanne de Janasz | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Suzanne de Janasz

While not without its challenges, crowdsourcing can help leaders revive an ailing organization, engage employees, and support a culture of continuous improvement...but only if they do so with sincerity, humility and patience.

Ten Things Highly Confident People Don't Do

Annie Ashdown | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Highly confident people are their own master and are best friends with their inner voice. They are comfortable being in charge of what they think, do and say, as they trust themselves. They ask for guidance, support and often flesh things out with advisers, coaches, and mentors but at the end of the day they trust their intuition as they know it will never let them down.

Older Women Take Up Life Modelling to Empower Themselves

Alex B | Posted 10.06.2014 | 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 04.06.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 07.05.2014 | 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 06.05.2014 | 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.