Girls

Why the New 'Body-Diverse' Barbies Miss the Mark Entirely

Jamie Khoo | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jamie Khoo

Last week, the world exploded with the news that Barbie is now available in a body diverse range. The world's most famous doll is now also available in versions that are curvier, tall, petite and of different skin tones - supposedly more realistic reflections of 'real women.'

Why Fashion Needs a Seat at the Table of Mainstream Education.

Francesco Loy Bell | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Francesco Loy Bell

This would inform people, spark an interest from a young age, and give a scope for creativity that is not currently present, without forcing people to solely study fashion. I am not putting other arts down, I am trying to bring fashion up to a similar position, and it is my belief that, with these changes in attitude and procedure, this is a very real possibility.

Mum's Epic Takedown Of Shop Assistant Who Bodyshamed Her Teenage Daughter

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Supermum may not be a Marvel comic character, but if there was, Megan Naramore Harris from Wichita, Kansas would certainly be a contender for the role...

'This Girl Can': Calling Women 'Girls' Is Infantilising

Tilda Gregg-Smith | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tilda Gregg-Smith

Last week the Edinburgh University Sports Union ran a campaign encouraging women to be active, celebrating female sporting and athletic achievement. The name of the campaign was 'This Edinburgh Girl Can'. Whilst the underlying sentiment is undeniably a positive one, the use of "girl" to describe young women is intensely problematic, and indicative of a wider infantilising and belittling of women in our society.

Celebrate Our World - Don't be Disillusioned

Mark Robins | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mark Robins

How did you celebrate International Men's Day on 19th November? Or Universal Children's Day on 20th November? You didn't know about them? Me neithe...

Music City and its Easy Charm had Us Hankering After Music Men

Orlagh McCarron | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Orlagh McCarron

A mild case of heat stroke or the result of a lingering PBR hangover, either-way I was buzzed by the easy charm of Music City, its music-rich story and the promise of fiery hot chicken on every corner.

#MoreThanCute Halloween Costume Campaign Encourages Girls To 'Dream Big'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Parents

A dad who was frustrated by the hoards of "cute" Halloween costumes marketed at his daughters has inspired hundreds of parents to campaign for more ch...

The Stress-Free Way to Discipline Your Kids!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Parents
Kerry Gibb

This morning I woke up well and truly sick of constantly thinking up punishments for my kids when they misbehave. The more that I thought about it, the more I realized that the naughty acts are generally towards each other.

Gender Equality - It Can't Yet Be Counted But It Most Certainly Counts

Aaron Benavot | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

This week, we launched the 2015 EFA GMR Gender Summary in time for International Day of the Girl Child. As we noted in a previous blog this week, it s...

Girls Continue to Draw the Short Straw

Aaron Benavot | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

This week we launched the Gender Summary from the GMR 2015. It shows, yet again, the extent to which girls face the greatest challenges in accessing b...

#GirlHero: The Story of Basemera From Uganda

Payal Dalal | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

As world leaders shepherd in a new era of international development with the UN's Global Goals, Basemera, a young girl in rural Uganda dreams about her future and that of her friends and family...

People Like Me

Meg Munn | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Meg Munn

From an early age girls and boys learn what jobs men do and what women do. Few kick against what is expected of them, and it's difficult for parents w...

Girls, to Make an Impact, Stick With STEM

Yasmin Ali | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Tech
Yasmin Ali

If girls enjoy these subjects so much when they're younger, why don't they continue to study them at GCSE and A-Level? Why do females only account for 15-20% of engineering and computer science students at University?

Ellen's GapKids Collection Smashes Gender Stereotypes In The Best Way

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Parents

Ellen DeGeneres has teamed up with GapKids to create an incredible collection that smashes gender stereotypes. The limited edition GapKids x ED col...

Why My Daughter Is My Idol

Emma Porcelli | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Parents
Emma Porcelli

I know people say girls are hard work in their teenage years so I am going to enjoy these years with my 'idol'. I know children can drive us insane, but when you look at the person you now are, you realise they are worth it.

The Government Need to Listen to Girlguiding's Findings Before the Mental Health Time Bomb Detonates

Rachel Egan | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Egan

Perhaps with the Girls' Attitudes Survey finding that less than half (44%) of 11-16 year olds had talked about mental health during lesson time the Department of Education will make a commitment to improve counselling services and mental health education in schools.

Girls Are Suffering From Mental Health Issues And We're Failing To Support Them

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

British girls are suffering from mental health issues and adults are failing to recognise the signs and support them, according to findings released o...

The Missing Link: Why Organisations Need To Think Outside The Box To Inspire The Next Generation Of Engineers

Naomi Climer | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Tech
Naomi Climer

Earlier in the year we produced a research report which stated that just seven per cent of parents thought engineering would appeal to their daughters...

Nigeria's Leader Can Change World's Approach to Insurgencies and What Drives Them

General Sir Nick Parker | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK
General Sir Nick Parker

The measure of success in Northern Nigeria is whether civilians feel free from fear. Nigeria's sovereign government, with international partners lending their expertise, should be able not simply to clear the battlefield, but to satisfy the reasonable aspirations of the people to a secure and prosperous future. That could be a lesson for the rest of the world to learn.

Young Girls Are More Than Just Pretty Faces: Let's Remember That

Zion Lights | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Parents
Zion Lights

A three-year-old girl is climbing a tree in a park. A man walking by comments to her mother: 'she should have been born a boy!' The mother makes a general comment of agreement, while I grit my teeth and tell myself that I am overreacting, that he means well, and anyway my two female tree climbers are out of earshot...

Why Two Former FGM 'Cutters' Chose to Stop This Horrifying Practice in Kenya

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

As we packed up our kit in the hot sun and Mary showed us the way back through the village and scarce trees to our car I thought about how hard it had been to hear Jane and Mary's stories, but was wowed by their powerful determination to end FGM and tell others about its dangers. Mary's final words to me are ones I'll never forget...

Can't Help Won't - Pathological Demand Avoidance SyndromeΩ

Neil Ayres | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Parents
Neil Ayres

A complex syndrome on the autism spectrum is receiving increasing attention from researchers and educators - those with the condition and their families hope that front-line clinicians won't be far behind.

Feminist Writer Responds To Dame Rimington's Comments That Girls Take Careers Too Seriously

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The former head of MI5 has revealed she believes girls take their careers too seriously, but feminists are now questioning why it wasn't flagged as an...

Dads Don't Do Enough To Encourage Their Daughters To Play Football, Says FA

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's no denying football has long been considered a father-son sport. We figured that in 2015, daughters would be starting to share the football...

Against FGM:The Gutsy and Determined Girls Standing Up for Their Rights

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

I interviewed girls and young women who ran through wastelands climbing trees to hide from wild animals, who survived by eating shrubs and even dirt in order to escape. But, why am I talking about this now? Well, it's what's called the 'the cutting season'.