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Challenging The Perception Of Pretty

Joanne Gray | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Parents
Joanne Gray

"What do you think pretty is?" This was the question a teacher at my daughter's school asked during a PSHE lesson last week. The responses from the group of 13 year olds were varied but the one that provoked the greatest reaction was "Blonde hair, clear skin, a thigh gap and a flat stomach!"

Weight Is Just A Number - A Plea To My Daughter

Vicki Coombe | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents
Vicki Coombe

My daughter stood on my scales last night and I admit; my heart broke a little. At two years old she knew what she needed to do to weigh herself. Like most behaviours it was learnt, and it was learnt from me.

Lessons In Ambition From The World's Most Inspirational Women

Edwina Dunn | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Edwina Dunn

As I worked on the book, I noticed something surprising. While the 60 women featured are from a wide range of industries and backgrounds, they never really mentioned 'ambition'. These women are leaders in their professions, breakers of new ground and unafraid of

'Girls' Star Allison Williams Reveals The 3 Unique Things The Show Will Leave Behind

The Huffington Post | Caroline Frost | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Entertainment

When ‘Girls’ returns tonight in the UK on Sky Atlantic, it will be a bittersweet moment for the show’s many fans. The sixth season is the last i...

Lena Dunham Reveals The Only 'Girls' Sex Scenes That Make Her Feel Vulnerable

The Huffington Post | Caroline Frost | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment

Lena Dunham has revealed she never feels vulnerable filming some of the most explicit sex scenes on television, only when she has to “act like I’m...

The Girls - Proving We Are All Capable Of The Extraordinary

Jack Abrey | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jack Abrey

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical 'The Girls' in my role as a Bloodwise Ambassador...

Some Women Are From Mars. Some Men Are From Venus

Mairi Macleod | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mairi Macleod

They had a couple of the little people on the red sofa, and I have to say, I totally fell in love with feisty little Eva. The 5-year-old totally nailed the whole male-female difference issue; one that social commentators and academics have been fighting about for years.

The Long And The Short Of It: Are Some Schools Failing Our Girls With The Way They Police Skirt Length?

Michelle Beckett | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Beckett

When I complained to the school, I was astonished that this position was defended under the guise of "we are just trying to protect the girls, as there are bad people out there". When I pointed out they were giving the message that their short skirts would make them somehow culpable if they did get attacked, they struggled to see the relationship.

Making Change Happen: The Women Fighting The World's Water Crisis

Barbara Frost | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK
Barbara Frost

By 2030 I'd like to see a world where all women have access to water and sanitation, equal rights, equal opportunities, and are living healthy lives out of poverty, free to make choices about their part in the world.

The Power And Passion Of Girls Must Prevail

Anita Tiessen | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Politics
Anita Tiessen

This year, we've put girls firmly in the spotlight. We've encouraged them to speak out on a global stage, share their stories with the world and be the change they want to see.

Pretentious? Nope, Just Cool. Meet The 1975

Rose Sgueglia | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rose Sgueglia

Matt Healy was on time, polite and not afraid to shut fans up, as the 1975's tour came to an end, yesterday night in Cardiff's Motorpoint. Starting a...

The Young Women Bringing Hope To Africa

Fiona Mavhinga | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Fiona Mavhinga

Photo credit: Camfed Looking back on 2016, I ask myself why I am so hopeful as I write this. This was a year of change, uncertainty and in many corne...

I Love Girls

Robbie Knox | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robbie Knox

I like spending time with girls. I enjoy girls. I enjoy the company of girls. There's no way to say it without sounding like a fat, sweaty businessman justifying to his idiot friends why he's spent £680 in a strip club on a Tuesday night. But, in the cleanest of senses, I really like hanging around with girls.

How A Toilet Can Change Your Life

Mary-Ann Ochota | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Mary-Ann Ochota

The Congolese sun is gleaming off the earthen floor but I feel cold. I'm knee-to-knee with a tall, dignified woman called Bawili, who's talking me through the day her teenage daughter was gang-raped. Bawili speaks quietly, simply - the details are the more harrowing for it.

Girl Guides Take A Stand Against Gender-Based Violence In Schools

Anita Tiessen | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Anita Tiessen

To mark day seven we are encouraging everyone to speak out to ensure girls and young women are treated equally in their schools, colleges or universities. If a young girl can challenge the voice of an older male teacher in Togo, we hope you can take a couple of minutes to make your voice heard too.

Schoolgirls Enjoy Sport More When There Are No Boys Around To Impress, Says Top Headmistress

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Girls are more likely to enjoy sport at single-sex schools because there are no boys to “impress”, a headmistress of a top fee-paying girls’ sch...

Six Things We Can All Learn From Northern Lasses

Dee Greenwood | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dee Greenwood

It's not all country factors, farmer's wives and regional accents. There is some serious style up north and when I went up there; I had to keep up! Here are a few things that we could all learn from the girls up north.

Encouraging Girls To Be The Best They Can Be: Why Mental Health Matters

Anita Tiessen | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anita Tiessen

It's clear Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting builds confidence no matter where girls are from. It helps girls overcome adversity to ensure they have the opportunity to become the strong, confident women they so deserve to be.

Gap Helps Girls Roar

Dotti Hatcher | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dotti Hatcher

I hope that through this expansion, young girls will develop a strong belief in self. They will determine their own sense of beauty and reach beyond the things that traditionally may have been available to them. I hope they will see the possibilities and set a course to achieve whatever possibilities they seek.

Spicing Up My Cancerversary

Sophie Belcher | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Belcher

It's 1996. I'm five years old and about to go through what will turn out to be one of the single most traumatic experiences of my life - having my chest drain removed just a few days after major surgery to remove part of the cancerous tumour that has taken up residence in the left side of my chest.

Things I Wish I'd Known As A Young Woman Starting Out In The Music Business

Lara Baker | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

There were countless times in my first few years in music when I felt something we were doing should be done differently, that something wouldn't work, when I had an alternative view or idea. But I assumed other people knew better.

If Your Child's Role Model Is Kim Kardashian, So What!

Sarah Newton | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

Holding one woman up better than another does no good at all and often these kinds of things are done in the guise of feminism. Feminism means not bashing one women because she choose something you did not, feminism means not making someone wrong because you don't agree with her methods.

Calling All Girls, You Are Extraordinary!

The Mac Twins | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

I could create a multitude of Brownie badges for encouragement, write lines upon lines to raise awareness and shout from every rooftop about this report. But I need to hand the microphone over, turn the spotlight round and let this remarkable young woman's words fill you up.

This International Day Of The Girl, Let's Look Past Statistics

Tanya Barron | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Tanya Barron

Often we speak of 'children' with no one child in mind. Statistics reduce them to no more than data to be used in policymaking, academic discussion or press statements. But, of course, every child has a unique experience, and while 'big data' is important for understanding trends and patterns, we mustn't forget the need to take the time to understand children's lives in more depth.

Give Girls A Voice And Let Them Change Their World

Anita Tiessen | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Anita Tiessen

In 1909, a group of young women marched on a rally in Crystal Palace, London, calling to be part of the newly formed Scout movement. These girls were bold; their actions transformative. Anything boys could do, girls could do too - and these girls believed they could do anything.