I recall that the first national event that we organised at the Christian Muslim Forum was an 'Imams and Ministers' conference. It was not the most inclusive name and few women (Christian or Muslim) were present. In fact, the feedback from the female Christian ministers was 'where are the Muslim women?'
Like many others, I've been curious to read Sheryl Sandberg's 'feminist manifesto' encouraging women and girls to lean in and make a difference.
Sadie Smith has written a scathing indictment of 'the online wimminz mob' over at New Statesman. It's a portrait that, as a member of the 'online wimminz mob' I don't recognise at all.
There is no escaping the fact that the sight of a woman directing operations in a factory or leading a group of engineers on a gritty construction site still remains an unusual image.
Women form a relatively small proportion of the criminal justice caseload, but their circumstances are often complex, and they frequently display very high levels of need.
Bitch, slag, whore, slut, cow - all names synonymous with the female of the species. Men call us that and even worse, we call ourselves that, and by ourselves I mean our fellow sisters.
In a world where men used to have to trawl the internet, magazines, phone boxes and the like to get his sexual kicks, all a man has to do nowadays is walk down the street and there is a girl, barely at womanhood, showing everything she has. When I see these incredibly short shorts, I get red-faced.
These are the girls who need to be convinced of their ability, and shown the opportunities that are there for the taking. To reach them all, we need to turn International Women's Day into a year-round campaign that champions women's leadership, and shows girls that they can achieve any career if they want it enough.
So here is my confession: too many women feel they need to drink like men. It's something we see time and time again at the bar, always the flick of the eye towards the other drinks being pulled and then the order for something meaty in a pint glass. When did this happen? What happened to girls being allowed to drink fruity cocktails? Is feminism now brandishing a pint glass rather than a bra?
Thinking about recent local events, it is disturbing in the extreme that women have been called 'whore' and 'slut' by their male Union members when attempting to speak in debating contests. Here in the 21st Century the association between a woman's open mouth and her 'open' sexuality are again, however subconsciously or otherwise, being disseminated.
Great Art is born for the benefit of all Humanity from the Universal Spirit of Love
In a world where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are now the norm, are women missing a trick? Instead of playing catch-up in existing corporate structures, why not create newer, more sustainable ones?
The report couldn't have been clearer. So-called 'false allegations' of rape are 'very rare', according to Keir Starmer QC, the director of public pro...
This ditched tax, along with the proposed 'fat tax' and 'bedroom tax' will only hit the poor. Those former members of the Bullingdon Club wouldn't notice a hitch in wine prices but the little old lady on a fixed income who likes a sherry before dinner and the dwindling few who pop into the pub on the way home from work would have shouldered this tax.
However, in this modern age there are legitimate questions raised as to whether martial coercion should remain on the statute books - a defence based on the premise of a woman's lack of moral strength, is surely outdated. Or is it?
Having 'it all' or even defining what that means can be difficult. For women, success is often painted in a different light than for men. Success for a woman is more than having a successful career, its about relationships with others, family, friends, community, creative fulfillment.