Gender Equality

Top Tips for Supporting Equality in Filmmaking

Caroline Norbury | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Norbury

As I've commented elsewhere, even though our stats are positive the research really does highlight a dire situation across the film industry. It has simply failed to support talented, creative women. It's time for industry to transform the talk and knowledge of shortfalls into action, and plan some proactive practical steps in order to actually make an impact.

Cover Up, Please

Emma Rehal-Wilde | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Parents
Emma Rehal-Wilde

The NHS advises women to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of a baby's life. Short of barricading the door, eating out of cans for 6 months, and slipping into a Netflix-induced coma, a mum will probably need to leave the house at some point in that time. So women have to breastfeed in public.

Chivalry Certainly Isn't Dead, But That Doesn't Mean Women Can't Open Doors for Themselves

Claire Hargreaves | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Hargreaves

There should be more emphasis on chivalry for the sake of common decency, not for reasons relating to the patriarchy or a woman's 'fragility'. Equally, neither individual women nor society should expect men to foot the bill. So, chivalry certainly isn't dead, but that doesn't mean that women can't open doors for themselves.

Notes on Denmark: People and Practices

Harvey Wilks | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

Eight months after moving to Denmark, I'm now straddling that crepuscule between things being novel and others becoming the norm, so in this lucid moment I wanted to jot down a few observations, about my experience of Denmark and, more importantly, about the people who hail from it - an invitees examination, if you will.

In Defence of the F-Word

Emily Robb | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Robb

One morning last year, my year 13 form tutor told us she wasn't a feminist. Silence descended. Noticing the distinct lack of approving nods and the much more emphatic shiftiness and thumb-twiddling before her, our teacher hastily added "but obviously I believe in gender equality." She couldn't have paid us to keep quiet.

Why We Need to Be Talking About Working Fathers

Alice Weightman | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Parents
Alice Weightman

I want to take a moment to talk about working fathers, yes working fathers. Why? Despite the fact that the issues facing working dads garner little media attention, they are very real. And these issues are not just affecting men; they're holding women back too.

Better Lives for Girls Are Coming, But We Must Speed Up

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

We also need to see the reality of lives girls, so often overlooked. We need to hear the voice of girls like Gema and Maya: girls with insight into the barriers, with experience of overcoming them. Because the people who are really going to change things are girls themselves.

The Perceived Emasculation of Stay at Home Dads

John L. Adams | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

The parenting world, especially the early years environment, is very heavily biased towards mums. If you are male and going to enter that world and thrive, you have to be a thick skinned, confident individual. Far from being emasculated, you have to be tough and very sure of your masculinity.

New Bold Feminine Perspective on the World

Georgina Gray | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Georgina Gray

A lot of titles are still following the same formula that the women's magazine should be strictly for women about issues that concern women only - as if such things exist. This is divisive. But if change is to come about, dialogue between everyone is necessary.

JK Rowling And Emma Watson Call On Sadiq Khan To Install A Suffragette In Parliament Square

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK

A host of high-profile women including Emma Watson, JK Rowling, Sandi Toksvig, Stella Creasy and Jess Philips have signed a letter to the new Mayor of...

Has Independence Ruined Women's Happiness in Relationships?

Kathrine Bejanyan | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kathrine Bejanyan

Are women increasingly more independent and less happy? That certainly can be the case, however, this has less to do with women and more to do with independence. Any one person who has the burden of responsibility of doing everything on his or her own is going to feel overwhelmed, stressed and unhappy.

Some Days, I Run in Pink

Amy Dear | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Dear

Don't get me wrong. I would absolutely love more choice of colours for women's fitness gear. But that doesn't make women who like Pink wrong, or foolish. Choice means that sometimes, Pink is OK.

An Open Letter to That Particular Kind of Man...

Beth Payton | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Payton

I'm a 26 year old woman and feel that something has to change if once again, I've woken from a night out with the girls to feel my self worth has taken yet another knock.

Male Feminist's Amazing Response When Friend Texts Him About 'Lady Problems'

The Huffington Post | Poorna Bell | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Gone are the days when you had to painstakingly explain to your male friends about feminism and gender equality. Well, if this guy is your mate, at an...

Female Flatulence - The Biggest Taboo?

Evelyn Rose Worman | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Evelyn Rose Worman

What is it that makes the fairer species cripple at the thought of releasing some intestinal pressure, and that this release may lead to romantic or social repercussions? "It's not that I can't fart in front of him," a friend admits over lunch when I tell her what I plan to write on. "I just know that he finds it unattractive. So I don't."

Why We Need More Girls in ICT

Julie Ward | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

We're living in an age of transformative technological change, with ever-accelerating innovations which impact every aspect of our lives. How we manag...

What Does 21st Century Masculinity Look Like?

Jemimah Steinfeld | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jemimah Steinfeld

Perry's show will explore and challenge the notion of man as protector and breadwinner. Bear Grylls this is not. In fact, Perry recently called Grylls' style of masculinity "useless", a "hangover" from a more violent age.

One Year on From the Earthquake: The Women Rebuilding Nepal

Mariela Magnelli | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK
Mariela Magnelli

Women continue to be among the most affected by the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal in 81 years. Women have lost their homes, families and livelihoods, and have received little support from the Nepali government. Intersecting inequalities meant that women faced additional barriers and were less able to access the emergency relief provided. Single women in particular are still struggling to access the support they need, fighting barriers and social stigma in order to gain equal rights.

Doctors Urge First Lady Obama to Jog David Cameron's Memory

Roshana Mehdian | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Politics
Roshana Mehdian

The world is watching Mr Cameron, I would like Michelle Obama, as a representative of a member state of the United Nations, to remind you of your promises.

A 14-Year-Old Just Brilliantly Explained Gender Stereotypes To The FT

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A teenager has schooled journalists at one of the world's most respected newspapers on the seriously outdated use of gender stereotypes. Anna Schleite...

Brexit Will Be a Step Back for Gender Equality Across The EU

Emily Abbott | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Politics
Emily Abbott

Having spent time with women in these circumstances and felt a palpable sense of exactly how vulnerable they are, I am worried. Whatever side of the ship people are standing on it is essential to recognise the domino effect of policy change and where the last one falls it will hit the most vulnerable. Progress is giving the same rights and protection to everyone and leaving the EU could leave EU migrant women and their children destitute. This is gender discrimination and I'm sure you'll agree, is not a society we want to create.

Increasing Women in Tech - Men Hold the Key

Chris Ciauri | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Tech
Chris Ciauri

My female colleagues often say that "you can't be what you can't see," and I think this rings true for male advocacy too: if a few men stand up and say gender equality is important, many others will think "I can do that too" and will be inspired to take action.

Why I'm Backing Sophie Walker for London Mayor

Janie Davies | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Janie Davies

I decided months ago that I would cast my vote in the London Mayoral election according to candidates' policies around the sex trade. As the campaign to implement the Nordic model in the UK accelerates, I will be voting for Sophie Walker, leader of Women's Equality Party...

Gender Free World? Gender Is Irrelevant

Lisa Honan | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Honan

Our stance on gender is that your gender is irrelevant. Your sex should not define your choices, how you are perceived by others and who you are as a person - in other words your biology and subsequent gender assumptions, should not pigeon hole you.

Speak Now: Women, the Media and PR

Gavin Devine | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

Amongst the most interesting stats of the past week or so were those produced by online publication Polygraph revealing just how underrepresented wome...