Lynne Featherstone

Now Is the Time to Get Disability on the International Development Agenda

James Thornberry | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
James Thornberry

Disabled people have unique needs and we cannot expect this group to just be absorbed in general aid or international development programmes. Instead we must provide targeted support that benefits this vulnerable and often forgotten group.

Politicians at Every Level Must Join the Fight Against FGM

Tim Farron | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), surely, is one area where it is clear that politicians at whatever level must send out a strong message that this appalling practise cannot continue. So I was understandably outraged to learn that in a vote before Christmas, four Conservatives MEPs - Marta Andreasen, Nirj Deva, Sajjad Karim and Timothy Kirkhope - voted against a European Parliament resolution condemning FGM. Several Conservative and UKIP MEPs also failed to back the resolution by abstaining. This, in my view, shows politics at its worst, letting political point-scoring on the EU ruin a chance to be a strong voice for vulnerable girls fearing barbaric mutilation.

Uganda: Next Paralympic Champions?

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

I have travelled back to Kampala for the final leg of my trip with Ade Adepitan to investigate what life is like for disabled people in Uganda. I was very excited about our main event - we were due to meet Uganda's own wheelchair paralympic hopefuls. I was really interested to hear how their training compares to Ade's and to see them in action on the court... It was heartening to hear their hopes for the future. I hope they make the grade. After the UK's own team, I certainly know who I am going to be rooting for.

Hope and HIV in Malawi

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

While 68,000 people die of AIDS-related illnesses here every year, HIV/AIDS no longer needs to be a death sentence. I am in Malawi to see how the Department for International Development's support is making an impact on the ground and reviewing how British development aid can be made even more effective.

The African Women Who Are Turning Their Backs on FGM

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

"I wanted to save lives not put them at risk." That's what a former female genital cutter told me during a visit to Kenya this week, as she explained why she downed her tools and instead became a birth attendant. I believe this woman should be celebrated for taking such a brave stance against the centuries-old tradition of female genital mutilation. And she's not alone.

World Malaria Day: International Community Needs To Sustain Commitment To Tackle Malaria

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

The UK will not stand on the sidelines while millions suffer from this entirely preventable and treatable disease. It's time for the international community to come together yet again and keep up their commitments. We need another decade of action against malaria. The prize could be another million lives saved.

Models Are Dying to Be Thin and Teens Follow

Jan Shure | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jan Shure

Clothes generally photograph better on slim women, but the notion of "slim women" has been subverted by digital technology. The ability to elongate, remove cellulite and remove flesh and curves with clever tools like Photoshop has led to images of women that are unattainable.

Push for Change on Women's Rights

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Bringing about change is a long-term task, in which girls' education, economic opportunities and women's representation and rights are all key. This is why the UK's programmes and the benefits they bring to Afghan women and girls will continue long after British troops come home in 2014.

£35m Announced to Go to Ending Female Genital Cutting

Julia Lalla-Maharajh | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Lalla-Maharajh

After a story trailed in the Sunday Times about a UK Government fund ending FGC, it seemed that the question on everyone's lips was 'how much?' We knew that it was likely to be in the tens of millions, and in the female genital cutting sector that is an unprecedented amount.

Bringing a Worldwide End to Violence Against Women and Girls

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

The coalition government has provided nearly £40 million of ring-fenced funding for specialist domestic and sexual violence services, and national helplines. We've invested in changing attitudes and behaviours. You may have seen the UK television adverts we've launched to tackle rape and relationship abuse amongst teenagers. We've reformed our legislation, introducing two new stalking offences to better protect victims and better support the police and prosecutors who bring about justice. But we can and must do more.

UK Government to Announce Historic Investment to End Female Genital Cutting

Julia Lalla-Maharajh | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Politics
Julia Lalla-Maharajh

Change is possible, and female genital cutting can end within our lifetime.

Where Are the Female Lib Dem MPs on the Lord Rennard Allegations?

Ned Simons | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Politics
Ned Simons

If anyone sees a female Lib Dem MP can they let us know? Given that there are only seven women out of the 56 Lib Dems in the Commons, it is rather conspicuous that only one of them has spoken publicly about the allegations against Lord Rennard.

A Bright Yellow Future for Girls in Ethiopia

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Today I met a future doctor, accountant and engineer. They were all 13 year old girls. The aspirations of these Ethiopian girls is heartening. The engineer says she wants to train to help "build up her country". I wouldn't bet against her doing just that.

Mobile Money Opens Up New Opportunities for Mozambique's Small and Medium Businesses

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Mobile money means more small, safe, cashless transactions can happen - urban workers can send money back to rural homes; small shops and stalls can trade more and grow their business.

Moving Towards a World Free From Female Genital Cutting

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Why in this present day does female genital mutilation or cutting (FGC) continue? For far too long it has been an issue that people have tended to shy away from, and in my view, neglected. But we can no longer shy away.

It's Been a Year of Success for the Body Confidence Campaign - But Where Next?

Jo Swinson | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Swinson

We need to open the debate up further and to talk more openly. We already understand how low body confidence can affect 15 year old girls. But what happens when those 15 year old girls reach 25, 35, and 45? How does their low body confidence translate into social confidence? How does it affect their performance in the workplace? How does it affect their families? The government is already doing a lot to support women, but we also need to ensure that we can nurture and support the aspirations of women and girls.

World AIDS Day: Why Stigma Must Not be the Barrier to Tackling HIV Worldwide

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

We've come a long way in the fight to tackle HIV in developing countries - UK aid is helping to prevent 500,000 new HIV infections by 2015 in women through a range of prevention programmes. But there's still the hurdle of reaching people who are marginalised from the services they need and most at risk of infection.

Zambia's First Lady Determined to Make a Difference for Women

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Yesterday, on the final day of my visit to Zambia, the Minister of Gender and I launched 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence in Zambia. This is a UN worldwide initiative, running from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November to Human Rights Day on 10 December.

Zambia: Women's Empowerment and Survivors of Gender-based Violence

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

60% of Zambians live on less than $1 a day. In rural Zambia, 57% live in extreme poverty and are unable to meet basic food needs. Through the social protection programme, 99,000 recipients (84% of them women) will be reached by 2015 - over 60% supported by UK aid.

On the UN Day for Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Physical and sexual abuse of women is a global scourge, that transcends borders. From the UK, where one in four women will be the victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime to Zambia, where 47% of women have suffered gender-based violence.

Get Your Tits Out For the Lads

Kirsty Higginson | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Higginson

We talk this equality, but really were are we with it? We fight sexism in the workplace, the home and the street, but it is still going strong on page three.

Empowering Women Over Lunch: Three Butterflies Event

Posted 08.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle

HuffPost UK Lifestyle are really excited to be partnering with Womankind Worldwide's Three Butterflies second annual lunch event. The organisation ...

Former Topless Model Advocates Highlighting Women's Talents and Abilities in the Sun

Sheila Hageman | Posted 25.11.2012 | UK
Sheila Hageman

As a former topless model, I feel I have a certain perspective on the Sun's page 3 topless women issue. When I was 18, I used nude modeling as a way to earn money to support my acting career. Was I thrilled and empowered by my job? Some days and jobs, yes, but the majority of my time was spent consumed by inner conflict about my choice.

Why the Self-Serving Wimmin Who Want to Ban Page 3 Are So Wrong

Neil Wallis | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK
Neil Wallis

They're the sort of people who would never dream of reading the Sun in the first place, and have no real idea of the people that actually do. Well, the Sun is a largely working-class newspaper that approximately THREE MILLION women choose to read every day.

Can Page 3 Fuel Domestic Violence?

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK

Lynne Featherstone's suggestion that The Sun's page 3 can help fuel domestic violence has been backed up by women's groups, which warn pictures of...