Gender Equality

Sustainable Development Goals Go

Christian Friis Bach | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Christian Friis Bach

In these days, while UN member States meet in New York to assess progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals a new game, Pokemon Go, has been r...

Theresa May and Tampon Tax

Laura Coryton | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Coryton

Two years. We have been campaigning to end tampon tax for TWO WHOLE YEARS (and two months, but who's counting?). Throughout this time we have focused ...

The Trouble with Boys

Karen Woodall | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Parents
Karen Woodall

To fully meet the different needs of boys and girls it would require us to adjust the schooling system, not to locate the problem in the children themselves. We have understood that about girls needs in education, thanks to the feminist movement but who is working on behalf of boys to prevent them from being problematised?

Food For Thought: The Future is an 8-Course Tasting Menu

Sophie Tanner | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Tanner

Cultural norms are shifting and, in this new era of longevity, people are breaking the traditional moulds that have previously defined status. Cultural commentator and co-founder of the Women's Equality Party, Catherine Mayer, says life-extension and life-enhancing technologies like the ability to freeze eggs are leading to an age of 'amortality',

Thoughts From London Writers' Week, Part Two: Ways We Can Create Greater Gender Equality In The Arts Industry

Jennifer Tuckett | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jennifer Tuckett

Recently I chaired the first University Women in the Arts event as part of London Writers' Week. University Women in the Arts is a one off scheme designed to provide mentoring for female students studying arts subjects at Universities across the UK from 15 of the women who are leading the way in the arts in the UK.

Who Run the World? Girls!

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

I believe that as women we should give Theresa May an opportunity to prove she is what this country needs. Still, a second female Prime Minister should excite us. We may not be exactly where we want to be but we're on our way there. Surely each small step we take towards progress is a step worth celebrating.

May and Eagle: If Only They Cared What the Rest of Us Think

Thomas H. Brand | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Politics
Thomas H. Brand

It's so depressing, and the depression is heightened by the fact that it should be so exciting. If you asked me how I should feel at the idea of a w...

Breaking the Silence on the UN Stage

Katrina Syran | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Katrina Syran

June 2016 and nations united in Geneva for a highly energized conference to bring power to empowered women. Speakers and influencers from all over th...

Theresa May: Forget the Heels, It's the Hat Trick That Should Worry You...

Karl Davis | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

She is every bit as canny, strong, and cunning as her predeccessor, and the other beige politicos who have gone before her into and out of Downing Street, probably more so in fact. She is every bit as embroiled in the Westminster game as the men, and we cannot forget that as she takes charge of the country.

Why It Doesn't Matter What's in Your Pants

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

I don't care what's in your pants. Or what it looks like. We all come in glorious shapes and sizes, and I'm delighted that the government has decided to get on board and reach out to those who can't see themselves in the narrow tick-boxes we assign to life.

Women Don't Need to Prove Themselves on the Front Line - They Already Have

Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Lieutenant General Sir Graeme Lamb

Later this summer, General Nick Carter, Head of the British Army, is expected to announce the results of his investigation into whether women should be allowed to serve in front line infantry units. The General will I know carefully consider not just their physical but also mental aptitude for the role.

Speak Up: Where's the Diversity in the EU Referendum Debate?

Kate Delaney | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Delaney

There's more to the world than Facebook comments of course, but there's also so many voices not being heard too. And if you don't speak out, then you won't get listened too, continuing the cycle of decisions made by and for white men.

Why Are British Mums and Dads the Worst in the Developed World at Sharing Childcare?

Jeremy Davies | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents
Jeremy Davies

Our gender pay gap - which leaves British women earning an average of 17.4% less than men in similar full-time jobs - places us 15th out of the 22 countries measured. In first-placed New Zealand, the gap is 5.6%.

Gender Equality in Music: The Beginnings of a New Movement Involving Men and Women

Vanessa Reed | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Vanessa Reed

If all of this energy, wisdom and news about independent initiatives came from one room of people at a conference on a Friday afternoon, imagine what could be achieved if we could multiply this and connect it to every level of the industry and to those who make decisions nationally and internationally about funding and policy development.

My Feminism Includes You

Kadie Eve | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Eve

Call me an idealist, but I believe in a world of equality and so naturally I am a feminist. Personally I don't see why everyone isn't a feminist--don't we all need gender equality? We preach on about how the big bad enemy is our patriarchal society.

'The Beautiful Show' - Fathers for Gender Equality in Kosovo

Nikki van der Gaag | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Nikki van der Gaag

As Monday's session draws to a close, I speak to some of the young people about what it has meant to them to be part of the Being a Man club, and what they have learned. 'Be a real man, just smile... and no violence,' Benjamin tells me, in English, with a grin. And Gent says: "Being a man is not about having a moustache or big muscles but about having a smart brain and being able to love and support your family.'

Girls 'Wear Shorts Under Skirts' To Avoid Harassment At School

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Parents

Schoolgirls are choosing to wear shorts under their skirts to avoid sexual harassment, a discussion in parliament has revealed. The Women and Equalit...

Poor Practice and Inflexible Attitudes Fuel the Teacher Supply Crisis

Chris Keates | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK
Chris Keates

It's a simple fact that without good teachers, recognised and rewarded as highly skilled professionals and with working conditions to enable them to focus on teaching and learning, children and young people will not receive their entitlement to high quality education provision. Yet that simple fact seems to be alien to too many of those employing and managing the teaching workforce.

50:50 Parliament Following in the Footsteps of Fawcett

Frances Scott | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Politics
Frances Scott

Women have been knocking on the door at Westminster forever. 50:50 knows of women of all political persuasions who have repeatedly applied to be candidates and been turned down, one more than 15 times in spite of her years of political campaigning experience. She is not alone in her persistent quest for political participation. Why are experienced women not selected as candidates and why are women candidates not given winnable seats? The Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 affirmed "the equal rights of men and women"; however, UK politics is still far from being fully representative.

The Death of Liam Fee Is a Feminist Issue

Esther Freeman | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Esther Freeman

The death of two-year old Liam Fee is cruel and heartbreaking. It hits me hard as an adoptive parent because I know, but for a little luck, that might...

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.