Gender Equality

A Female Perspective - Mentoring PTIs at the ANA Officer Academy

Kate Lord | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Kate Lord

Prior to Real Madrid's 4-0 thumping of Osasuna last month, Sergio Ramos had netted just 1 goal in 43 appearances in all competitions this season. Fast-forward to the present day and the defender has 5 in his last 6, including a brace against Bayern to cement Los Blancos' place in the Champions League final.

Women Can Invest in Their Reproductive Future by Banking Eggs; But They Shouldn't Leave It Too Late

Dr Geeta Nargund | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Geeta Nargund

Until now women have faced a "Catch 22" dilemma when planning a family; namely in either pursuing a career during their most creative years only to find they may have left it too late, or choosing to have their babies young and then discovering they have lost out in the career stakes as their male rivals surge ahead.

Why Does Red Carpet Sexism Still Exist In 2014?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

This week, the stars have been out in full force for the Baftas and the Billboard Music Awards. The televised ceremonies give us average folk the c...

Boys In France Join The Fight Against Sexism By Wearing Skirts

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We all know children are the future, and schools in France are using a somewhat unusual way to change attitudes towards sexism in the country. Edu...

It's a Man's World - Mentoring In Qargha

Kate Lord | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Kate Lord

A year ago I was offered a chance to deploy to Afghanistan as a mentor at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy located in Qargha, out to the west of the capital city of Kabul. My job here is to mentor the Afghan female PTIs who will deliver the physical training syllabus to the female officer cadets...

Easy Brazilian Brigadeiro Chocolate Truffles

Holly Bell | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Here's an easy recipe that I reckon even mothers of three, with their lack of time, general misery and poor pelvic floor might be able to knock up. These truffles are that easy...

A Tale of Three Women: The Fight for Gender Equality in Uganda

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

For a woman living in a tiny rural village to speak with such empowerment properly merits the use of the word inspiring. A local male youth once told me that it "cannot be possible" for a man to stay home whilst a woman works and that it is "exactly!" right that a "man is higher than a woman".

Meet The World's First Transgender Footballer

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The world of football (in the UK at least) is clearly divided by gender - the men have a team, the women have a team and they never play together. So ...

A Fight For Gender Equality In India: 'The Spice Girls'

Karen Ruimy | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

When their father died suddenly, the women were under immediate attack. Not only from fellow spice traders, but incredibly, also from family members. The men around them attempted to wrestle control of the business from them. Slurs on their name rapidly turned to threats and physical abuse.

The Vagenda Ladies On Feminism, Magazines And Boobage

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

From Laura Bates’ Everyday Sexism project to Lucy Holmes’ petition calling for No More Page 3, gender equality (or lack of it) is big news. In ...

Women Role-Models In Film And TV

Esther Hayden | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Esther Hayden

For those of you who have not seen True Detectives, the series starts in 1995 in Louisiana at a time when only 2% of police officers in the whole of the US were women. Indeed as befits the time much of the writing focuses on life through the eyes of the two lead male detectives so in fact I don't think it is surprising there is not a lot of focus on strong female role models.

The Feminist Market: The Buying and Selling of Supposed Liberation

Gregor Smith | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

What's needed isn't bestselling feminism, or even radical feminism, but an ethical humanism more radical than feminism. A movement that actually demands change of the existing cultures and tries to get every human to act towards it, rather than the sort of change that inspires people to buy a different brand of beauty product.

How McKinsey's Story Became Sheryl Sandberg's Statistic - and Why It Didn't Deserve To

Curt Rice | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK
Curt Rice

Stories are not studies. But stories themselves are not the path to knowledge. Knowing something requires research

We're More Than Our Appearance: Why Female Student Election Candidates Need to Be Taken More Seriously

Jasmine Andersson | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jasmine Andersson

Every candidate in a leadership race should have the right to a fair and democratic process in which the only criticism received is aimed at their policies. Some of us may have secured the jobs of our dreams, but it does not excuse the behaviour we had to endure to get there...

Miss Representation - a Worldly Woman Takes on the Media

Jimmy Ocean | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jimmy Ocean

The documentary powerfully depicted the catastrophic messages the media sends and the detrimental affect they have on our society - young girls and women in particular. It clearly showed the manipulative nature of advertising agencies and how beauty standards are transformed into unhealthy and unachievable ideals.

More Action Needed on Reproductive Rights for All

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Fewer women are dying in child birth, more girls are going to school, increased numbers of women are taking on roles in public office, there are more female entrepreneurs and less poverty. But significant challenges remain, and we are still a long way from achieving universal access to reproductive and sexual health and the realisation of reproductive rights for all.

The Feminism Family and Why We Do All Need Each Other

Gee Linford-Grayson | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gee Linford-Grayson

What needs to happen, as with any dysfunctional family, is more conversation, and a bit less grumpy-teenager-grunting from both sides. Those women who identify as feminists need to avoid being dismissive of those who don't. It's time to realise that a lack of engagement is often to do with your failures, not theirs.

Pritt Sticks New Pink Glue Is Just For Girls...Apparently

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The humble Pritt Stick is a staple of any child's art box. Perfect for glueing paper, sequins and more, the Pritt Stick allows children to get crafty....

I'm Going Dutch

Lea Emery | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Comedy
Lea Emery

Since paying the bill is such a social quagmire, why don't we clear things up once and for all? In the beginning, there is no reason for men to pick up the entire check. None.

Institutionalising Gender Segregation: The Role of Universities and Students' Unions

Chris Moos | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Moos

New evidence, which I will present here, suggests that gender segregation is not only tolerated, but often legitimised and institutionalised by the very universities and student representatives that are supposed to uphold and promote equality for all.

Are You Secretly A Sexist? Find Out With This Simple Test

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics

In the struggle to get enough women into boardroom positions, experts say that bosses have to battle an "unconscious bias", which means their brains a...

So, Who Is Doing the Washing Up Tonight?

Torsten Klaus | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Anyway, I believe we (men, dads, uncles, grandads) should get more pro-active at this matter. Let's bring some genuine equality into our homes and show that fathers of the new generation are just awesome. So gents, it's about time to pull up our sleeves and to get busy there.

Biomedicine's Male Bias Is Yet Another Example of Everyday Gender Inequality... and More

Victoria Martindale | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK
Victoria Martindale

If the differences between sexes of the same species are so profound and diverse then imagine the differences with other species with whom we share even less genetics, biochemistry and physiology.

Time to Celebrate! Our New Law Will Help Millions Around the World...

Karen Ruimy | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Politics
Karen Ruimy

In 2010 Jason McCue, Mariella Frostrup and I had an idea. It was more of a question really. Why, when it is proven that when women are brought into the economic and political debate there is a visible and positive change, are there no laws protecting women around the developing world?

Respect the Choices of Women Who Go Into the Porn Industry

Isabel López Ruiz | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabel López Ruiz

For me, being a feminist is about respecting women's choices, whatever they may be. If a woman over the legal age requirement wants to voluntarily participate in the porn industry, that's fine. If she doesn't, that's fine as well. Young women like 'Lauren A', Duke University's freshman porn actress, are being publicly shamed for exposing their bodies on camera. It seems like the idea that a woman could have full control over her body is still shocking to some. When people accuse her of taking part in an industry that 'degrades' women, they don't realise their comments are degrading in themselves, as they refuse to acknowledge her individual voice and bodily autonomy.