Gender Equality

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.

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...