There are millions of women around the world that are business owners-in-waiting. By breaking down the cultural barriers and being equipped with start-up resources they have the potential to take back power over their own lives and transform their community.
It is imperative to our children that we, as mothers, entrepreneurs, leaders and activists, to teach our children that we are British and Muslim, and how these two things are in fact a complimentary fit. We refuse to allow extremists on all sides suggest otherwise.
We also want to influence other funders and policymakers across the creative industries to consider pro-active ways to increase representation of women in their sector (women make up 13% of the UK's songwriters and composers, 7% of Film Directors, 11% of screenwriters, 4% of Music Producer Guild membership, 15% of UK games development industry. All shockingly low).
Madonna recently opened up on Sirius XM's Howard Stern Show about her first years living in New York. She bravely told her story of being raped in the city before she became the superstar she is today..
We women, stopped trying to bring our remarkable female qualities that can only benefit our relationship, our career, our social circles, our community. We think of our unique qualities as something to be ashamed of, given our inner beauty and our female nature held us captives in a male world... only decades ago.
For the next generation of millennials, calling yourself a feminist is just not enough to push change forward, it's about how we effect change. We need to woman up, take the lead from Sheryl Sandberg and actively lean in in the workplace and find our voice.
Not all women. Most women totally rock. But some, quite frankly, need to chill the hell out. It seems that however you choose to live your life as a female of the species, it will never, ever be good enough for these women.
At every point in history women have always struggled for recognition, rights and equality. This year is no different. The journey for women in the UK, and globally, is far from over. Our incomes and ownership of resources still lag behind men's. Our representation when important decisions are being made - whether in parliaments, boardrooms, or negotiating tables - is paltry. The demands on our time, particularly from unpaid work and care, are overwhelming. And one in three of us will experience violent assault in our lifetime. But I firmly believe the tables are turning.
The moment I found out I was expecting my first child, my life changed forever. Nothing was going to be the same ever again. It couldn't be taken back and even if the pregnancy hadn't gone through, I still would have remained changed. This much I knew.
It started in my breast, back in June 2014. It was the familiar story - I found a lump, I had it checked out, it was malignant. I was assured that I had found it early and that it was completely treatable. And so my battle began.
I know I'm not the only one who finds it frustrating that a man simply has to decide to lose weight and it drops off (or so it appears), while so many women have a constant battle with their weight - struggling to lose a few pounds, only to then end up gaining it all back!
As older women we need to take collective responsibility, talk ourselves up and stop chasing unrealistic ideals. We need to believe it's okay to look and act our age and it's not that horrifying. We need to get off the dance floor and sit this one out.
Pay transparency is a simple measure, but sometimes simple changes are the most powerful. Once implemented, employers of over 250 workers will have to publish details of the average pay of their male and female employees, meaning for the first time, women will be able to see if they are being paid less than their male colleagues. Women still earn on average just 81p for every male pound and the rate at which the pay gap is closing has slowed under this government. In fact, if we'd continued to make the same progress we were under Labour women working full-time might be over £100 a year better off.
The reasons behind the female statistical excess in the depression statistics are probably very complex and not reducible to mere hormone imbalances.
It seems a lot of people really, REALLY don't get what 'consent' means. From the famous "not everybody needs to be asked prior to each insertion" to the student that (allegedly) thought he'd surprise his partner with some non consensual BDSM to that fucking song to almost every damn comment on any article by anyone that suggests that yes means yes; it seems people really have a problem understanding that before you have sex with someone, and that's every time you have sex with them, make sure they want to have sex with you.
So far, my biggest challenge has been the traditional approach of society to women. I believe that many women do not realize their dreams simply because our society cannot accept that women earn more than man and women can be active in the public sphere.