Girls

Mum Creates Dolls Without Makeup To Make Them More Realistic

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Parents

We know too well how the traditional Barbie doll that we grew up with is a poor representation of women today. Last week, an inclusive 'Dolls With ...

Unleashing Girls' Power: An Interview With Kennedy Odede

Rose Taylor | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rose Taylor

At the end of the invigorating and stimulating three day Skoll World Forum I met with Kennedy Odede, founder of Shining Hope for Communities, (SHOFCO) and Kibera School for Girls. Our meeting was inspiring and poignant and echoed many themes I had heard throughout the conference regarding the importance of girl's education. It seems fitting that I tie my interview with Kennedy to these issues in this article.

How Do We Tackle Outdated Career Stereotypes and Get Parents to Say: 'My Daughter Wants to Be an Engineer When She Grows Up'?

Naomi Climer | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Parents
Naomi Climer

When asked, only seven per cent of parents said that they would encourage their girls to be engineers - despite the fact that girls show an active interest in STEM subjects from an early age. Could it be that parents are limiting their children's future career choices through outdated perceptions of the jobs they think girls and boys are interested in?

Ben Stiller Describes Working With Adam Driver

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

This week sees the release of 'While We're Young', the latest whimsical family gentle comedy-drama from director Noah Baumbach ('The Squid and the Wha...

Girls As Young As Seven Are Giving Up Sport. This Has Got To Change

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Girls as young as seven are becoming more self-conscious, losing confidence and giving up sport as a result, a study has found. The same Government...

A Young Woman's Experience With Sexual Orientation and Mental Checklists

Molly Turnley | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Molly Turnley

Our mental checklists are very much past their expiry dates; they're growing mould in fact. I hope that one day very soon you'll notice and revise your prejudices and stereotypes and stop consciously and subconsciously pigeonholing people.

The Best Mum in the World - Really?

Judy Reith | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

You would think I had asked them to tell the person next to them how often they have sex. Speaking up about your parenting ability is just not something parents find easy. Had I asked them to talk about what they get wrong as a parent, they would never shut up.

'Frozen' the Movie - THAT Dress Change... I Can't 'Let It Go'

A. Dassu | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

In this day and age where covering up and modesty are looked upon as something inappropriate, the people that do choose to wear clothes that cover their bodies fully are looked on as being different, strange even. What if we stopped stereotyping?

Triple Jeopardy: Three Ways Women and Girls Face Discrimination on International Women's Day

Marie Staunton | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Marie Staunton

Women and girls face discrimination due to gender, potential disabilities and stigma - a triple jeopardy. According to UNDP, girls and women affected by leprosy make up some of the world's poorest and most marginalised groups, disproportionately affected by poverty, illiteracy and lack of education which act as barriers to seeking health treatment. Women and girls with leprosy and those affected by other neglected tropical diseases have the right to health care and the barriers to that stop this must be addressed.

#girlhero: The Story of a Girl Fighting for Education

Payal Dalal | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

The grades of the some of the students have improved and, despite the challenge of talking to boys about their violent behaviour, Evelyn's persistence has changed the attitudes and actions of many of the boys she speaks to.

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Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Entertainment

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Call to Action: Girl Geeks, Make Yourselves Known

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

Females account for between 15-20% of engineering and computer science students at universities in the UK. I had heard the numbers, but they had failed to capture just what it would feel like to find yourself in a large lecture room filled with 150 students, only 20 of whom were female.

Why I'm Standing for Election - A Response to Ashvini Rae

Resham Kotecha | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Politics
Resham Kotecha

I, like you, have been frustrated by the lack of women in Parliament and I am firmly of the belief that the only way to cause change to happen, is by being on the inside. That is the reason why I decided to stand for Parliament.

Why Female Friendships Are Better Than Anything Else in the World

Jessie Thompson | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jessie Thompson

Do you know who runs the world? Well, if you are to believe the gospel of Beyonce (and many people do), it's girls. Socially and economically, this thesis is slightly flawed. In some circles though, this could be considered true. In fact it is, and I've experienced it.

The Detriment of Division: The challenge of HIV and AIDS Among Adolescent Girls

Payal Dalal | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Payal Dalal

More and more, we are hearing about the convergence of health and education. You can't learn if you are out of school sick. Lack of education leads to poverty and in turn the inability to access healthcare. To lead productive lives, people need both health and education: the two are cause and effect.

QUIZ: Which One Of Lena Dunham's Girls Are You?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Entertainment

While women once asked themselves whether they were a Carrie or a Samantha, these days, it’s all about discovering which one of the women in Lena Du...

Lena 'Quits Twitter' On Red Carpet... But Has Tweeted By End Of Ceremony

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Entertainment

Lena Dunham made a surprising revelation on the red carpet at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, claiming she was trying to cut social media out of he...

Feminists: Stop Talking About Feminism

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

In WIL Uganda's case, it already has. Speaking about the Leadership programme, local schoolgirl Kyakuware Perina said; "Before the programme I did not know that women are allowed to be equal to men. I have learnt about equality now and I know that this will help me to live my life without fear."

A Book You Should All Read

Rose Gibbs | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Rose Gibbs

The fact of rape is a terrible one: it's the inhumanity of deriving sexual pleasure in the face of another person's pain. Where sex might please in the pleasing of others, rape is its opposite. It becomes a violence like none other, a nightmare extreme of Schadenfreude.

This Nobel Prize Is an Award for Youth

Tanya Barron | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

Today, history is made. Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, standing shoulder to shoulder with illustrious Laureates past Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi and Mother Theresa.

Raising Girls - Promoting Body Confidence

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

What to do, and to advise the parent of a 7 year old girl, so that they can keep that confidence nurtured? Here are some of the best tips from the experts on how to raise confident girls...

Why Being a Girl and Disabled Means Double Discrimination

Tanya Barron | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

Britain's greatest Paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson wrote in her autobiography: "For me, disability has not been about overcoming things." Now a Parliamentarian and campaigner in the House of Lords, the 16-time Paralympic medal winner credited her success to a loving and supportive upbringing...

Can Changing How You Cook Save Your Life?

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Food is an intrinsic part of Nigerian culture and family life. Nonetheless, we must protect our mothers, our children, and our environment, from the harmful effects of household air pollution and inefficient fuels. This may mean a move away from the traditional firewood stoves that impart the traditional flavours that we all enjoy.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Solving the Problem (Part Two)

Jessica Chan | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

I think it is vital that we involve those directly at the centre of the issue - we must include women in discussions, and even in leadership roles, centred on the issue of sexual violence against women.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Understanding Sexual Violence (Part One)

Jessica Chan | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

Sexual violence is a specifically reprehensible form of violence, and includes rape and any other attack of a sexual nature perpetuated against both males and females. Its repercussions can be iniquitous, and may include acute and physical repercussions for survivors and witnesses. Human trafficking can also lead to sexual violence, and I will be discussing the issue of 'modern slavery' in this article. I will also highlight the brutal effects of sexual violence in conflict.