Gender Equality

Women's Rights in 2016: The Power Dynamics That Drive Inequality Haven't Gone Away

Sally Airey | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Sally Airey

While positive strides have been made in women's rights and gender equality in recent years, women and girls around the world are still married as children, denied access to education and political power, and trapped in conflicts where rape is used as a weapon of war. If we want to change this, we need to support the activists and women's rights organisations calling for change.

Want Gender Equality? Have it, Just Don't get Pregnant

Brenda Gabriel | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brenda Gabriel

After working so hard to climb the social ladder, here I was sat in a 'dole' office asking for handouts because I had had the 'misfortune' of getting pregnant. With mounting debt and constant guilt about financial pressure on my partner, I lost all sense of self.

Self-Made, Self-Love: Loving Yourself in the Wrong Body

Fran Hayden | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fran Hayden

The body positive movement, although passively inclusive of all body types, is yet to actively extend the arm of support to those struggling with body dysmorphia. By and large, the area of body positivity that focuses on self-love relating to body size, has garnered public attention and social media is rife with men and women advocating body love.

Politics Is a Funny Business - But There's Nothing Funny About the Failure to Fix the Gender Pay Gap

Catherine Mayer | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Catherine Mayer

on Monday WE launched this tragi-comic video showing women marking the unhappy new year--the new female earning year--to draw attention to a persistent inequity, a gender pay gap that endures almost 46 years after the Equal Pay Act received royal assent. Such campaigns raise awareness but much, much more needs to be done.

Game, Set and Mismatch: Is Djokovic Missing the Point?

Beckie Middleton | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Sport
Beckie Middleton

Maybe as the guy who wins the most tournaments and sells more than his fair share of tickets, Djokovic has a legitimate claim that money in tennis could be allocated more fairly according to these criteria. But is that because he's Novak Djokovic, or because he's a man? Without a magical way to measure what 'fairly' really means in tennis, sport and on a wider scale, life, I'd argue that gender simply isn't a wise yardstick to use.

Gender Segregation: LSE and Its Students' Union Are Breaking Equality Law - And Trying to Get Away With It

Chris Moos | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Moos

Universities around the country are breaking the law, sacrificing gender equality in order to appease the demands of increasingly extreme and sexist religious student groups. Will it take homosexuals or the non-religious to disappear behind seven foot separation walls for universities to understand that as much as racial equality, gender equality is a basic human right?

Novak Djokovic's Comment Shows Why a Business Case Perspective May Actually Harm Gender Equality

Jawad Syed | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Jawad Syed

In a controversial yet thought provoking comment, world number one Novak Djokovic has questioned equal prize money in tennis, suggesting men should be...

Novak Djokovic's Equal Pay Comments Given Withering Response From Female MPs

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK

Novak Djokovic has found himself facing a deluge of criticism after weighing in with his view on equal pay in the world of tennis this weekend. A huge...

A Change in Mindset Is Needed to Close the Apprenticeship Gender Gap

Olivia Hill | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Hill

Changes to the way people think will be needed to close the apprenticeship gender gap for women; we still need to adjust the mind-set which says that certain careers and sectors are for one gender or another, and we need to ensure that young women know enough about potential careers and outcomes while they are able to make those important decisions about their futures. If we can do this, perhaps during next year's National Apprenticeship Week we could be celebrating that gender gap closing.

WOW Festival - Inspiring Goals

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

I've spent the day surrounded by inspirational women. From The Lips choir who spent their week joining protests again female asylum seekers detained in Yarl's Wood to hula hooping and football workshops.

How an Introvert Is Championing Change for Mothers

Lisa Barnwell | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Barnwell

If someone had said to me a couple of years ago I would put my head up above the parapet and start a movement to revolutionize the workplace for mothers and mother-to-be, I would have laughed. Then I would've curled up on my couch with the next series of 24 and forgotten all about it.

Celebrating International Women's Day in Nepal - A Day in the Life of a Nepali Woman

Virginia Stuart-Taylor | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Politics
Virginia Stuart-Taylor

The 8th March marked International Women's Day (IWD), which was celebrated worldwide and was an opportunity to raise awareness of women's rights and gender equality, an important topic all over the world but significantly so in certain parts of the developing world.

Why Are We So Negative to Mothers in the Workplace?

Lisa Barnwell | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Barnwell

Unless we all learn to manage maternity and paternity differently, treat mothers-to-be with greater respect and address the many levels of bias we hold, I believe the corporate world will always struggle to retain its top female talent.

Why I Want Gender Neutral Clothing

Lisa Honan | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Style
Lisa Honan

Why are men's and women's clothes so different? Why is there a range of clothes called 'boyfriend' style. What? You have to pretend to appropriate your boyfriend's clothes to wear a style that you like? So it comes down to this. The high street shops are lazy...

This One Thing Will Make A Man An 'Instant Feminist', According To The Experts

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK

A leading sociologist said on Friday having a daughter is a way for men to instantly become feminists. Becoming a father to a daughter makes men call ...

New Statistics Shine a Spotlight on Street Harassment

Laura Bates | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Bates

With brand new statistics from YouGov revealing that 85% of young women have experienced street harassment, the conversation about dealing with everyday sexism in public spaces has never been more urgent.

Women: Crushed When Caged, Beautiful When Free

Fila Magnus | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Fila Magnus

Today, marks the 103rd year we've celebrated International Woman's Day. Though much has changed since then, we're still millions of miles away from reaching where we need to be.

The Forgotten Women Simply Fighting For Survival On International Women's Day

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK

'International Women's Day' (IWD) is an event of celebration for many as people remember the great strides still to take towards full gender parity, ...

Gender Equality in Politics and Business

Hannah Bardell | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Politics
Hannah Bardell

On International Women's Day, I'm calling for businesses across the nations of the United Kingdom to think and act on diversity and equality, if not now then when? Should be their mantra - it can only be good for business.

Gender Bias Is Rife in Textbooks

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Congo Textbook 2006: Education Civique et Morale. Education pour la paix Today, on International Women's day, we are investigating the persistence of...

Europe Leads the Way for Women's Rights

Julie Ward | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

The EU is an important platform for us to advance equality between men and women, and LGBTI persons in the UK and across the world. There's no doubt the UK, and British women and girls in particular, would lose out enormously if it were to step away. Now is the time for women and men to get engaged in the debate, to understand what is at stake, and to make sure that the UK remains an active member of the EU, leading the way towards an ever more equal Europe.

International Women's Day: How Can We Create Gender Equality by 2030?

Shahida Rahman | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Shahida Rahman

Today we will celebrate International Women's Day. The theme this year sets us a challenge as well as a deadline. Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up Fo...

Improving the Lives of Women and Girls Across Tea Communities

Sarah Roberts | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Roberts

Today is International Women's Day, a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. The day also exists to remind people that globally there is still much to be done to accelerate gender parity.

We Can't Wait 117 Years for Gender Parity

Emma Fulu | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Emma Fulu

I pledge to continue my work to end violence against women and to raise my children, particularly my boys, to see vulnerability as a strength. I pledge, with my husband, to model a family where men are valued for their equal role in unpaid care work and where women equally able to be the breadwinner, if they so chose. What will you do?

International Women's Day: Not Much to Celebrate Yet

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Women across the world are still being denied careers and education, sometimes in the name of religion, but always because of prejudice. So we need action now, not just more attention, as we mark International Women's Day on March 7. There is still a mountain to climb.