Womens Empowerment

More Exciting Than Christmas

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Think about all of the excitement and anticipation that you feel on Christmas Eve. Now, times that feeling by a hundred and you will understand what it felt like just before we sailed into Newport, Rhode Island.

Were Women Winners in the 2015 Election?

Frances Scott | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Scott

Women now have 43 more seats. They hold 191 (29%) of the 650 seats, up from 148 (23%) before the Election. Of the main parties Labour leads the way with 99 women MPs (43%), SNP next, with 20 women accounting for 36% of their MPs and then the Conservatives with 68 women accounting for 21% of their seats. The 2015 Election has been ground breaking for women's political participation in other ways too...

Onwards and North-wards

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Time does a strange thing offshore. Sometimes time flies by--where there are not enough hours in the day - and other days creep by. Some days repeat themselves so much that you could swear you are the living rendition of the blockbuster film, Groundhog Day. It feels as if we have had one week to go until Newport, RI USA for at least two weeks.

Electric Buzz

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

There is a contagious buzz at the moment on board Team SCA--and I don't think it's because of the food. On second thoughts, part of it may be related to food, but I think this is mainly down to the fact we have less than 10 days to go until we get to eat pancakes in America!

Unleashing Girls' Power: An Interview With Kennedy Odede

Rose Taylor | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rose Taylor

At the end of the invigorating and stimulating three day Skoll World Forum I met with Kennedy Odede, founder of Shining Hope for Communities, (SHOFCO) and Kibera School for Girls. Our meeting was inspiring and poignant and echoed many themes I had heard throughout the conference regarding the importance of girl's education. It seems fitting that I tie my interview with Kennedy to these issues in this article.

Arrival

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

We have arrived: exhausted, broken, alive, and relieved. After twenty two days at sea, Team SCA finally arrived in Itajai, Brazil. An emotionally overwhelming moment mixed with relief, excitement, and a tinge of sadness.

8 Kick-Ass Quotes From Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Hillary Clinton has declared she'll be running for President in 2016. And, quite frankly, we're excited about it. After all, the prospect o...

Face Your Fears

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

When everything happened it was wet, brutal and cold and we were surfing down the swell in 20 to 25 knots. We were happily speeding along when we had a few small wipe outs. I looked out at the girls on deck - they were struggling, scared, and you could literally cut the tension with a knife...

Point Nemo

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

It's been six days since Team SCA left New Zealand behind and with every hour on the water we sail further and further away from the rest of civilization...

Welcome Back

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Team SCA are now leaving New Zealand behind and we are heading towards the infamous Southern Ocean. We got quite a light start but the breeze has picked up nicely and we are moving fast in the right direction.

Do You Believe in Yourself?

Lisa Regan | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Do you take notice of how you talk to yourself or your thought patterns around what you are doing? This is an area that I am really working on in my own life. We are our own worst critics before our external critics weigh in with their opinions.

Do I Hate Sheryl Sandberg?

Zoe Fenn | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Fenn

I nearly choked on my coffee last week when I read an article in the Washington Post entitled "Why I hate Sheryl Sandberg?" How could this be? Isn't she the bible for all smart women my age? Didn't I internalise her mantras? Preach her words to my friends? Quote her stats to my husband? So how could this be?

Race Delay

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Despite all of its extremities, the Volvo Ocean Race has to draw a line somewhere. This line happens to be a category five Tropical Cyclone named Pam, and she has definitely got our attention. She is the result of tropical pressure and she is incredibly powerful...

The 2015 Woman

Tracey Agyeman | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tracey Agyeman

Woman. A term I struggle to compress to a singular word because across generations society has perpetually attempted to redefine the nature of my gender. Whether it is in our private lives or in the public eye, women have been conditioned to seek approval from elsewhere resulting in a feeling of inadequacy.

Countdown

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

After a short break in New Zealand, Team SCA is back! During the stopover, Team SCA's shore crew has been busy at the team base camp preparing our boat for the next leg to Brazil. Our Volvo 65 has been out of the water, refurbished, refitted and customized for the special conditions expected in the Southern Ocean.

Motherhood - The Biggest Sacrifice

A. Dassu | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

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.

I'm Happy to Lean In - But First, I Need a Seat at the Table

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

For centuries, we've been stuck with the status quo: in the corporate world, in international affairs, in education, sports, media and everything in-between. The present state of affairs is very evidently not working, and yet it endures. It's time to start saying, loudly, "this isn't good enough anymore."

New Rules for Women on the Rise

Ozioma | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ozioma

It is only by questioning and exploring what's already been done, and looking at opportunities for more effective, sustainable solutions to our individual and collective challenges that we can loosen the grip antiquated models have on our current reality.

The Kissing Booth and the Robot

Julie Elizabeth | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Elizabeth

A road and a pane of glass separated us but I still blushed and swayed in my chair as I tried to hide my noticeable swoon from my friend. A grin spread over my face that didn't depart for the remainder of the afternoon. I was smitten.

'Frozen' the Movie - THAT Dress Change... I Can't 'Let It Go'

A. Dassu | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
A. Dassu

In this day and age where covering up and modesty are looked upon as something inappropriate, the people that do choose to wear clothes that cover their bodies fully are looked on as being different, strange even. What if we stopped stereotyping?

Lean in, Rwanda Style

Pauline Ngari | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Pauline Ngari

I first met Marie Consolee last year during a moving visit to Rwanda. She had lost her husband, child and livelihood during the genocide but was rebuilding her life as a local farmer and respected member of her community.

Reasons to Celebrate International Women's Day in the UK

Joana Alfaiate | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Joana Alfaiate

The celebration of women should be done every day, but in the upcoming International Women's Day I will celebrate the fact that I am a woman living in the UK.

How The #LikeAGirl Campaign Reclaimed It As A Powerful Phrase

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you were told that you do something 'like a girl', would you feel ashamed or would you feel proud? For too long the phrase 'like a girl' has bee...

Taking Risks

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Team SCA has now been racing since the beginning of October last year, and we are now approximately half way through the fourth leg from Sanya, China, to Auckland, the "city of sails" in New Zealand. It's day 15 and we still have one more gruelling week to go.

Why Have Confidence and Strength Become Dirty Words for Women?

Genelle Aldred | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Genelle Aldred

Being confident, strong AND ambitious has become something many women don't want to be seen as. We have all seen how a bright star has be brought tumbling down to earth. How people say, "there's just something about her I don't like, can't put my finger on it."