Gender Inequality

Have I Experienced Sexist Chanting? Yes. Was It a Shock? Sadly No.

Becki Knight | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Sport
Becki Knight

What I've began to realise over the last few weeks is the bigger picture. If I'd been in that crowd as teenage girl aspiring to work in the game...would it put me off? Quite possibly. Would I want my eight year old girl to witness it and believe that it was acceptable for her to be verbally abused due to the fact that she was a women? Absolutely not.

In the Theatre, I'd Almost Always Find That the Story Was Told Via Male Characters

Lucy Kerbel | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Kerbel

If the worlds we choose to conjure there don't have women in them (and in particular those who don't happen to be white, size 8, under 35, or able-bodied) isn't it a disappointingly skewed and now long out of date depiction of humanity we are reflecting?

The Woman With the 'Wooden Vagina'

Agnes Pareyio | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
Agnes Pareyio

The changing attitudes have to do with FGM now being considered a form of gender based violence and a violation of human rights. Although it is not automatically understood this way in certain parts of the country where FGM is still deeply entrenched in culture, we see more people understand the concept that even young girls have rights.

50:50 Parliament - A Call to Action on International Women's Day

Frances Scott | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Scott

This is not an impossible dream. About 70 countries have proportionally more women in their Parliaments than the UK. It can be done, we only need 177 more female MPs from a population of 32 million women. We don't want our daughters and granddaughters to be fighting the same old battle for fair representation.

I'm Happy to Lean In - But First, I Need a Seat at the Table

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

For centuries, we've been stuck with the status quo: in the corporate world, in international affairs, in education, sports, media and everything in-between. The present state of affairs is very evidently not working, and yet it endures. It's time to start saying, loudly, "this isn't good enough anymore."

It's So Important for Girls to Have a Safe Space Where They Can Explore the Difficulties They Face

Annabel Davies-Ray | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Annabel Davies-Ray

By this time next year, I'd love to be able to say that all girls are body confident, that all women have their achievements and desires respected, that everyone, man or woman, is safe from abusive relationships and sexual violence. Everyone needs to take action if this is to happen.

Creating Change for Women in the Tea Estates of Assam

Tilumoni Gogoi | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK
Tilumoni Gogoi

Exacerbated by traditional social norms such as child marriage, trafficking and child labour, young girls living in tea estates are not only more likely to be engaged in domestic labour and out of school, but they are also at greater risk of discrimination and gender based violence.

Having it all as a Woman

Jayne Morris | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

Yet, more than 100 years on and women are still not paid equally to men, not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally have a long way to go in terms of improving women's education, health and the presence of domestic violence. Can we really have it all?

Girls Should 'Run Around Outside And Climb Trees' To Boost Job Prospects, Says Tory Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Eugene Smith | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The Conservative minister for jobs Esther McVey has told girls they should be climbing trees and making dens if they want to get good jobs. McVey c...

Girls' Lives Matter - India Bring Back Our Girls

Raquel E Sofer | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Raquel E Sofer

One million girls being disappeared only because they are girls is a gendercide. And it's an annual occurrence in the world's largest democracy that will happen again in 2015, and perhaps grow in numbers by 2016 and future years without pressure for change. So here's a hashtag to start a conversation: #Indiabringbackourgirls

How A Global Toilet Shortage Is Causing A Gender Inequality Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK

It's World Toilet Day - and that's no laughing matter. According to the United Nations, 2.5 billion people - that's one in three - don't have acce...

That T-Shirt: Sexism in Science Is So Prevalent and Its Subtle Manifestations Still Need to Be Called Out

Frances Black | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Frances Black

Awesome shirt, wore it to the wrong occasion, apology accepted. Don't ridicule those who stand up for what they believe in, and no one's uncriticisable (is that a word?). Cool.

Microsoft's CEO Is In Unbelievably Hot Water Right Now

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Tech

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has been furiously backtracking after comments he made about whether women should be asking for a raise more. Speakin...

An Inconvenient Truth: How India Enshrines Masculine Entitlement to a Woman's Body in Its Law

Raquel E Sofer | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK
Raquel E Sofer

It's a very black stain against it that the government of India has refused to dismantle a legal framework that allows a man to have non consensual sex with any woman (whatever his relationship to her), or to dismantle a legal framework that allows a man to legally have sex (consensual or not) with a fifteen year old child.

The Problem with Miss England Claiming to Be a Feminist

Sirena Bergman | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK
Sirena Bergman

What about the less overt misogyny of a culture which judges women on their body first, their face second, their hair third, and their intellect last? It's time we stop justifying pageant contents in the context of them being a way to reach our higher goals. Male medical students wouldn't pose in a swimsuit as a way to achieve great things, so why should female ones.

Global Gender Equality Must Be Addressed If We Are to Eradicate Poverty

Melanie Hargreaves | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK
Melanie Hargreaves

Sandra explained that by speaking to people from other countries, she learned it is clear that we are still far from solving the problem of violence against women. It will take global commitment and hard work to change some cultural norms that are ingrained within many societies.

Feminism Today: Is It Missing the Point?

Sara McCorquodale | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McCorquodale

I'm going to be honest: when it comes to the current wave of feminism, I'm sliding into complete apathy... It seems today's feminism is a lot about celebrity and having a pop at other women, and less about actual action.

"How Can You Be a Feminist When...?" The Most Common Accusations, and How to Respond

Rachel Cunliffe | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Cunliffe

To be clear, I do not presume to speak for all feminists, or for all manifestations of feminism; I'm just tired of hearing the same old attacks, and would like to take the chance to preemptively clear up a few things.

His and Hers 'Sexist' Sausages Cause An Uproar In Germany's Supermarkets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

We're used to targeted marketing - Coke Zero is known as 'Man Coke', Yorkie chocolate bars had a notorious 'not for girls' advertising campaign and st...

Tales From the Top - Addressing the Gender Inequalities in the Boardroom

Emily Kettle | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emily Kettle

Why should businesses actively pursue a diverse board? Because diversity creates a more innovative, dynamic boardroom, that incorporates more of the varied skills that make a business successful. So what can be done do to get more women into senior positions?

We Need to Act Urgently on Inequality to Get Every Child Into School by 2015

Pauline Rose | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

There are only 1,000 days to go until the deadline for the Education for All goals, but there are still 61 million primary school age children out of school. Half of those children live in just eight countries.

It's Not Just the Economy, It's the Inequality, Stupid

Michael Dugher | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics
Michael Dugher

Globally, we have made huge strides in tackling poverty through international development and foreign aid. Indeed, extreme income poverty has dropped from two billion in 1990 to less than 1.3 billion today. And incredibly, child mortality has almost halved in that time. But the gap between rich and poor children globally has grown by some 35 per cent.

Are Women Missing a Trick?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Politics
Neela Bettridge

In a world where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are now the norm, are women missing a trick? Instead of playing catch-up in existing corporate structures, why not create newer, more sustainable ones?

It's the Official Patronising of Women Day: The Capitalist-Patriarchal Conspiracy of Mother's Day

Louise Pennington | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Politics
Louise Pennington

Mother's Day, in its present form, is merely a another capitalist-patriarchal tool to beat women over the head with. It remains nothing more than a depressing attempt at brain-washing women into believing that 'their' work is valued. Women's work has never been valued. We still do the majority of the childcare and housework whilst in paid employment.

Can We Close the Gap on Women's Inequality in India?

Sarah Dransfield | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah Dransfield

As the world marks International Women's Day today Oxfam India will be launching a new campaign to tackle inequality, particularly for women and girls. Oxfam believes it is an outrage that in the 21st century, women don't feel safe when they walk home at night and that women's representation in places of power is so insignificant.