Gender Equality

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...

The European Parliament Votes to Put Gender Equality at the Heart of the Fight Against Poverty

Julie Ward | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

The Commission and national governments must include a strong gender pillar in all of their social policy, showing that the EU acts for its constituents and for gender equality and social justice.

I Don't Believe in Equal Pay - Here's Why

Simon Cohen | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Simon Cohen

The World Economic Forum says that the gender pay gap won't close completely until 2133. But recent events might change that. With the outcry followi...

Stop HIV Cuts: Campaign to Retain Vital Services

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

In David Cameron's back yard, Oxfordshire County Council has cut Terrence Higgins Trust's £50,000 funding, which is forcing the closure of its local centre. The reality is that there are will be no HIV Prevention and Support service in the whole county after April 2016, with almost 500 people left with no alternative support service.

When It Comes To Gender Equality Facebook Has Put Its Money Where It Matters

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Tech

Facebook has said its male and female employees are equal as far as pay goes. Calling itself the "leader in pay equality" the announcement trickled t...

France Bans Purchase of Sex

Jacqui Hunt | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK
Jacqui Hunt

On Wednesday, France voted for gender equality by making the purchase of commercial sex illegal, while decriminalising and providing exiting services and support to people in prostitution. It was a conclusive verdict, with 64 politicians voting in favour and 12 voting against the new bill.

Women Need Tax Justice More Than Once a Month

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Osborne must realise that genuine tax justice for women is not a once-a-month occurrence. It must cut across all tax and spend policies, universally, and help rather than hinder the fight for gender equality.

On the Road to Rio - Putting Nutrition at the Heart of EU Development Policy

Julie Ward | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

This year affords plenty of opportunities to increase both funding and political will to stop these preventable deaths. This summer I will be watching out, not just for the Olympic teams, but also for how well we score against Global Goal 2 in Rio.

NHS England Decision on PrEP: A Bitter Pill for Women to Swallow

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

What role should preventative medicine play in our health system? As the NHS is fragmented and funding for healthcare is cut, are we prioritising funding for treatment, over prevention? Or, is effective, and cost-effective prevention still worth prioritising?

Why the World Needs More Women in Scientific Research

Ulrike Decoene | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Tech
Ulrike Decoene

By supporting our research scientists in popularizing their research and findings through innovative and impactful formats, we want to demonstrate that science is accessible -- not to mention exciting and rewarding! -- as well as useful, if not crucial, for society.

Shared Parental Leave - Can We Overcome Stereotypes?

Neeha Khurana | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Parents
Neeha Khurana

The policy's main criticism so far is that the number of new fathers signing up is low, with many blaming cultural stereotypes for their hesitation. Employers need to address this by making role models more visible and openly communicating the available options around shared parental leave.

David Cameron Is No Women's Champion - Even the United Nations Agrees

Rachel Clarke | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Politics
Rachel Clarke

David Cameron may be happy for our children to grow up into a world where women still get paid less than a man, for doing exactly the same job as a man, but I am not. Nor, I have no doubt, are the vast majority of men and women in modern Britain. 60% of doctors in the NHS are women. With its regressive, discriminatory contract, the government seems hell-bent on driving us away.