Gender Equality

The Lords and Commons are discussing period poverty - That's pretty amazing

Laura Coryton | Posted 26.03.2017 | UK Politics
Laura Coryton

all women everywhere There are many politicians across all parties who do great work for us. But Parliament hasn't traditionally chosen to tackle period poverty. This change in attitude is important. And it has been driven by the generations of everyday superheroes/campaigners who have pushed for it.

Don't Play The Child Card With Me

Christina Easton | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Christina Easton

Don't get me wrong: Often it's okay to play the Child Card. But don't abuse it. Don't think that because life is so difficult for you as a parent, non-parents are obliged to make your life easier. I'll let you decide the date and place we meet. I won't comment on you turning up an hour late. But it's because I'm being nice, not because I owe it to you.

Gender Inequality In Sport Is Rife, But Korfball Could Help

Ben King | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Sport
Ben King

So here's a rallying cry for organisations like Nike, Sport England and the BBC looking to champion gender equality in sport -- why not explore the burgeoning world of mixed-gender sports?

It's Still A Man's World: Gender Inequality In The Arts

Nicky Goulder | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Nicky Goulder

Nicky Goulder working with a participant during a Create project Earlier this month it was inspiring to see high-profile and widespread recognition o...

Will You Take The Minutes? Subconscious Bias In Our Schools

Katherine Dandy | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Katherine Dandy

It's fair to say that as a lawyer, I probably live and work in a bubble surrounded by likeminded people. I know I'm lucky and that my environment is not typical. On Wednesday I was speaking to a 17 year-old called Sarah, who is the daughter of a good friend and I was sharing my enthusiasm for the upcoming Women of the World (WOW) Conference in London and how important this is to us all.

Women In VR - Is Gender Parity In Virtual Reality A Distant Reality?

Ailsa Wakley | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Tech
Ailsa Wakley

all women everywhere Another way to ensure VR doesn't become a male echo chamber is for more female leaders to take the reins. Whether it's female entrepreneurs investing in hardware, or more women assuming creative roles, if females aren't part of the top-down hierarchy, VR is destined for a patriarchal future.

Will You Stand For Parliament In The Next Election?

Dolly Theis | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dolly Theis

all women everywhere I write to you reflecting on International Women's Day to say that 50:50 Parliament is here to support and elevate you and any phenomenal women you know to become MPs. Come and start your own political journey, and you never know, in a few year's time we could be on the green benches working together to ensure that our country is a place of true opportunity, collaboration and diversity.

Top 5 Humanitarian Women

Frontier | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Frontier

Feminism and humanitarianism are intrinsically linked, both working towards the welfare and fair treatment of all. Here are five women whose humanitarian work has paved the way toward an equal global society.

The Young Brown Girl In The Headscarf

Zobia Shahid | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Zobia Shahid

all women everywhere I am not an assortment of labels, or boxes, or tags. The stereotypes that you attach to me, consciously or subconsciously, the person you assume me to be simply upon seeing me, is more reflective of who you are, than who I am.

Is International Women's Day Sexist?

Hayley Kearney | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK
Hayley Kearney

Some of the anti-International Women's Day rhetoric this year, from men and women, is worrying. I foolishly engaged in a Facebook debate on the subj...

White Men An 'Endangered Species' In Top Business Jobs, Says Tesco Chairman

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK

White men are now an “endangered species” in top business jobs as women and ethnic minorities are promoted to the senior positions, Tesco’s chai...

If We Lose Focus, Progress On Gender Equality Can Easily Be Lost

Jo Swinson | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Politics
Jo Swinson

It's important to look where we've come from and celebrate the milestones on our journey. But we need to keep a firm eye on the destination and make sure we keep moving forwards. If we lose focus or take our foot off the pedal, progress on gender equality can easily be lost.

Five Irritating Outdated Features On 'Women's' Clothing

Lisa Honan | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Style
Lisa Honan

As well as periods, childbirth and just general inequality all over the world - women really don't have it that easy. If that's not enough, we have to put up with rubbish (and even useless) features on women's wear. It's like the person in charge of all women's wear said "Let's make the clothes as impractical and low quality as possible compared to men's clothes... just for a laugh!"

Meet ‘Over Flo', The Superheroine Tackling Period Taboos

Eleanor Carne | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Carne

all women everywhere The problem doesn't just lie with the government's input into school education - but also with the health industry, who for years have been dictating how girls and other menstruators understand their own bodies.

‘There Is No Us And Them': Why Power Structures Halt Social Justice Movements

Bethan Sproat | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK
Bethan Sproat

all women everywhere Bralo tells me that it is important to give a platform to refugees and migrants so that their voices are listened to, and action is taken to bring justice. But it's not as simple as it seems. This needs to be done in a meaningful way. We need to avoid these efforts being just tokenistic.

Don't Ask, Don't Get: Five Reasons Why Women Don't Get Payrises

Stevie Spring | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK
Stevie Spring

all women everywhere Deep down , many women fear they are not worth more. That, in truth, they're a fraud. They'll be found out. They don't really know what they're talking about. They are not...they won't...and they do. Every one of us has a unique bundle of experience to bring to our roles, and we need to learn its value.

We Cannot Achieve Gender, Racial And Economic Equality Just Through Self-Empowerment

Emma Fulu | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Fulu

all women everywhere The theme for International Women's Day 2017 was Be Bold for Change. An important part of that change is having more women of colour in leadership positions around the world. However, while being individually 'bold' is important, it is never going to be enough.

The Big Escape: When Isolation Became The Ultimate Liberation Of My 'Gender Duty'

Andrea Sanabria | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Sanabria

Traditionally, according to gender, we are born with certain "unofficial" obligations that may change, of course, from one society to another. Social ...

Yes She Can - Can't She?

Sybil Bell | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Sybil Bell

As I sit here in our all-female office, I ponder the fact that when I was asked to write this piece, I was told it was about "issues faced by women in...

The Price We All Pay For A World That Doesn't Value Gender Equality

Anita Tiessen | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Anita Tiessen

Photo credit: WAGGGS One of the challenges when running a global organisation that counts 10 million girls and young women from 146 different count...

Women In Aviation: The Sky Is The Limit

Ghada Al Rousi | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Tech
Ghada Al Rousi

all women everywhere There's no single reason for this lack of female representation. In some markets, certain cultural and attitudinal barriers still prevail, with piloting still very much seen as a male, macho profession.

India Steps Up On Gender Equality

Chiara Mio | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Style
Chiara Mio

all women everywhere Now, with #UnitedByHalf, we want to challenge men. Social sterotypes and taboos limiting women in India and elsewhere will never change without the support of men. So we're calling on men to accept women as equal partners - in every aspect of their lives.

My Artistic Journey Changed When I Reconnected With My Womanhood

ESKA | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
ESKA

Nina Simone said, 'how can you be an artist and not reflect the times?' To me, that implies one has to be engaging with their place in the world and be able to identify what is truly distinct about it in order to make their work resonate at a unique frequency that ripples out far enough to touch others. For my artistic journey, the light bulb switched on when I reconnected with my womanhood at the age of 35, one that I felt I had lost at only eight years old.

Stop Apologising For Your Opinions

Kadie Regan | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Kadie Regan

Women are intelligent, emotionally insightful, intuitive beings and we can harness these attributes to work in our favour. We need to say what we mean with the assertiveness women everywhere deserve. Presenting our thoughts in any other way is an injustice to our struggle for true equality and the ongoing fight to be heard in the same way, and on the same platforms, as men.

I'm Fighting For The Equal World We Needed 100 Years Ago

Hannah Clare | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Hannah Clare

On March 8 2017, a demonstration of women textile workers began in Petrograd, Russia, marking the beginning of the Russian Revolution[1]. Striking out against the oppressive Tsarist regime, workers had understandably had enough of inequality and poor conditions; and demonstrated that it could go on no longer. 100 years later, I wonder why equality for all genders still doesn't feel within reach.