Gender

Dear Party Leaders - Five Reasons Gender Equality Is a Vote Winner

Anita Nayyar | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics
Anita Nayyar

If this election is all about the economy, then its target audience is women. But if the polls are anything to go by, none of you are really appealing to many of them right now. So we have laid out some pointers as to why gender equality is so central to the election campaign and why you should do more to talk about it.

Dads on Parental Leave Is #GoodBusiness Says Digital Ad Campaign

Anita Nayyar | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Parents
Anita Nayyar

With exactly a month to go until the general election, The Equality Movement, a clandestine collective of advertisers making noise about issues that matter' are launching an ad campaign for gender equality called #BadBusiness.

Did Bruce Lee play Barbies?

Allison Martin | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Parents
Allison Martin

Why shouldn't girls climb trees which can promote courage and the ability to take risks? But, equally, why shouldn't little boys play games that bring to the fore no-less important qualities such as empathy and kindness?

Liar, Liar: Why We Should Wise Up to an Uncomfortable Truth When We Negotiate

Natalie Reynolds | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Reynolds

We need to remember that negotiation sometimes requires us to behave in ways that might not come naturally to us. We might be confronted by negotiators who are firm, tough, direct or rejecting. How might that make us feel?

Youngest NHS Transgender Patients Are Aged Just Three

PA | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK

The number of children aged 10 or under who have been referred for help coping with transgender feelings has more than quadrupled in the last six year...

Age of No Retirement Is Over-Stated: Most of Us Would Rather Spend Time With Family

Wendy Loretto | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Loretto

Having been in work for the majority of their lives, most people valued free-time over work if they had the option in older age. Perhaps unsurprising I admit, but what is interesting is how views on retirement differ between men and women.

Why We Ignore Gender at Our Peril When It Comes to Worklessness

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

These are complex problems that won't be fixed overnight but they can be addressed; just as long as we take gender into account. To do otherwise means that any attempts will continue to fail, and to fail young women.

Transitioning Gender in the UK Military

Caroline Paige | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Caroline Paige

It wasn't easy transitioning gender in the military, it wasn't easy being a trailblazer or role model, but I am proud of all I did, and I am honoured to have served alongside the amazing people who helped get me there.

#ThisGirlCanDoTech

Caroline Hyde | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Tech
Caroline Hyde

One area of clear consensus was women can no longer just talk to other women about tech's gender imbalance. We need men to join the discussion to move it forward to action. And so to the next panel where a male voice did add to the debate.

The Gender Gap in Depression

Dr Rafael Euba | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Dr Rafael Euba

The reasons behind the female statistical excess in the depression statistics are probably very complex and not reducible to mere hormone imbalances.

At the Crossroads: Women's Rights After 2015

Lee Webster | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Lee Webster

Global policy frameworks may feel a long way from the realities of women's lives. Yet these frameworks lay out fundamental rights and freedoms, and are an important tool for women's rights organisations to advocate for improvements in the lives of women.

Apprenticeships Are Still Seen As A 'Man's World'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Parents were twice as likely to advise boys to take up an apprenticeship than girls, with only one female in 10 seeing an apprenticeship as a viable o...

On International Women's Day Enough Is Enough

Meg Munn | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

In the words of Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women - "Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation we face globally, whether in times of peace, conflict or post-conflict transition". We cannot allow this to go on any longer.

Gender Stereotypes 'Turning Girls Off Maths And Science Careers'

PA | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Gender stereotypes may be turning girls off careers in maths and science, according to an international study. It suggests that parents are more li...

Being 'Normal': We Can't Avoid a Hetero-Normative Society, But We Can Help Make It Less So

David Mooney | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Mooney

I shouldn't have to order my Valentine's Day card online to be able to customise it, so that it's not one of the thousands that says 'boyfriend' that features a girl giving a boy a bunch of flowers.

Black and Blue

Caragh Little | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

It's just one of those passing fashions: meta, almost, a passing fashion about a passing fashion: a stripy dress which will go out of style almost as quickly as people forget the online debate about what colour it looks in different kinds of light.

Garden Variety Creepiness - Romantic Heroes or Abusive Men

Tom Meagher | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Meagher

n Fifty Shades, we see the egregious result of every Hollywood 'ending as beginning' in a way that still lionises the abuser. Hollywood's classic arc is to portray a controlling man only up to the point where he 'gets' the girl.

Don't Blame the Oscars for Its Lack of Diversity, Blame Yourselves

Iman Qureshi | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Iman Qureshi

It's an industry where diversity means Denzel Washington. It's not news that a disproportionate number of directors are male, resulting in an inevitable plethora of egotistical, navel-gazing, cock-yanking films like Birdman, Boyhood and Whiplash, that feature women as little more than glorified set design.

It's Time to Include 'I' in LGBT Discussions

Jack Fletcher | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being intersex, it is others' degrading attitudes towards them that are unacceptable. We used to have only the standard colours to define life as a world of primary colours; now it's time to let the full spectrum of the sexual anatomy rainbow shine.

The Pressure to Be Perfect

Julia Hartley-Brewer | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Hartley-Brewer

Feminism was supposed to be about enabling women (and men) to choose how they want to live their lives. Now, though, it has been twisted and distorted into a ridiculous expectation that every woman must be all she can be, to realise (or even exceed) her potential in every area.

Making Everyone Count

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

We must show our children that they matter and that they have inalienable rights. We must show our fellow brothers and sisters that they need not suffer violence in silence. We must show our friends and families that there is dignity in reporting death.

Secure Land Rights Are Crucial for Feeding Nine Billion People by 2050

Martin Koehring | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK
Martin Koehring

Feeding a growing global population of nine billion people by 2050 is one of the world's biggest challenges--especially in the context of rapid urbanisation, rising amounts of food waste and climate change. During one day of discussions senior executives from agribusiness, policymaking and the NGO community examined approaches to food and nutrition security.

Want Real Pay Equality? Then it's Time We Stopped Over-tipping Women

Sean O'Meara | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Tech
Sean O'Meara

Do you double the tax? Split the tip between server and the captain? How much do you deduct if the server is female? All legitimate concerns for the considerate diner.

HIV and Gender-based Violence: What are the Costs of Inaction?

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

Too often, the great promise of campaigns and programmes is lost or undermined when the funding ends and the funders move on, looking for the next innovation. Or a new issue comes along and takes the headlines, and with it donor attention and dollars.

Urinals and "Man Blanking"

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

I acknowledge the annoyance that some of you might have with men. But what I do find interesting in all the irritation directed at the male sex is the shrinking space available for men to just be themselves.