Girls

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

Marie Staunton | Posted 04.03.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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 25.02.2015 | 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 12.02.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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 29.01.2015 | 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.

Halloween: Don't Underestimate the Empowerment of the Force

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Ragoonanan

The question I should have asked my daughter was "What fancy dress would you like to wear?". What I actually asked was "Would you like to wear your Darth Vader costume?". Halloween week at pre-school was an opportunity to enlighten her peers that I couldn't let slip by.

Young Women Don't Get Politics? A Response to Fox News' Kimberly Guilfoyle

Amy Licence | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Politics
Amy Licence

Guilfoyle has not been smart enough to realise she been co-opted by a misogynistic culture, being made the mouthpiece for a worrying trend which she was in a position to reject. Luckily, the sort of young women whose experience she distrusts, often prove to be far more savvy when it comes to equality in the media.

Style Crushing on the Girls of GIRLS

Annaliese Watkins | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Annaliese Watkins

I'll admit I was a little late to the Girls party. But once I arrived, I partied HARD, watching all three seasons in the space of a week. The finale marked a Lena Dunham-shaped hole in my life, which I have partially filled with her new autobiography Not That Kind of Girl, but by and large I remain pining for season 4 to hit our screens next year.

Girls' Body Confidence - It's Time For Politicians to Act

Heather Goult | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Goult

87% of girls aged 11-21 believe that they are judged more on their looks than their ability. It's an unbelievable figure - but you can see why girls think this way. The belief that they don't look good enough and that they are judged most on how good they look is preventing girls from putting their hands up and saying 'I can do anything I want to do'

#Girlhero: The Story of Pallavi Gaikwad

Payal Dalal | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

When asked why she is devoting herself to girls, her response is simple: "of course girls are important; they are part of the world. To play their part, they need confidence, education, and a safe place to practice skills." So what's next for Pallavi?

Pre-Teen's 'Wedding Blog' Makes For Difficult Reading...

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK

This is Thea. She is 12 years old, and will this week be married to Geir, who is 37. She is to be Norway’s official first child bride, according ...

Is 'Pink It, Shrink It' Really the Answer?

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

Within the consumer world one way marketers encourage more women to purchase their goods is what we refer to as "pink it, shrink it". Make it feel more like a women should use it. But should we be using this method to encourage more girls to code?

That's What Makes You Beautiful

Rae Mullins | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rae Mullins

A short one this week and more of a heads-up to look out for my new favourite, ad. From the clearly very lovely, people at Dove.