Womens' Empowerment

The Imposter Syndrome - Syndrome or Mindset?

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

One of the greatest author and poet of our time, Maya Angelou wrote eleven acclaimed books in her lifetime. Yet, she once admitted 'I have written eleven books, but each time I think, "Uh oh, they're going to find out now. I've run a game on everybody, and they're going to find me out.'

Wearing Makeup Isn't Empowering

Sarah Tinsley | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Tinsley

Make up only enhances one aspect of you. Your physical appearance. Which does nothing more than accentuate the level to which you are judged by it. Contouring does not enhance your intellect, a nice shade of eyeshadow does not highlight your practical or social skills. All it does is enhance the physical you. A tiny element of who you are as a person.

Advice for Some Age Old Challenges

Vicky Bullen | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Bullen

Last night I had the pleasure of 'speed mentoring' eight female high performers from companies within our group - all of whom were fantastic.

Empowering Women in the West Bank: Building Opportunities

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

A non-profit social enterprise has set out to empower women from low income communities in the West Bank by enabling them to use their talents and train them in artisan work to build a better future for themselves and their families

Why the World Needs More Women in Scientific Research

Ulrike Decoene | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Tech
Ulrike Decoene

By supporting our research scientists in popularizing their research and findings through innovative and impactful formats, we want to demonstrate that science is accessible -- not to mention exciting and rewarding! -- as well as useful, if not crucial, for society.

Bare Boobs and Burkinis: Inside the Empowered Woman's Wardrobe

Rachel King | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Style
Rachel King

From Susan Sarandon to Rihanna, Taylor Swift to Theresa May ripping women apart for their appearances is nothing new. And whilst judging a woman based on her outfit choice is puke-inducing at the best of times, at the worst it can be something far more unpleasant.

Tackling the Exploitation of Deaf Women in Uganda

Rehema Namarome | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Rehema Namarome

Deaf women in Uganda were missing out on so much in life that I was inspired to set up the United Deaf Women's Organisation (UDEWO), in 2002. As executive director, I've been working to support and empower women ever since - I want to see a society where we are treated as equals. There were more than 126,000 deaf people in Uganda in 2002, and many of those are women.

Fast Forward Ten Years - The New Kenya

Sarah Butler-Sloss | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK
Sarah Butler-Sloss

I haven't been to Kenya for more than ten years and Nairobi has transformed almost beyond recognition in that time, with its glass-fronted skyscrapers...

Sexual Violence - the Rite of Passage for Young Girls in the 21st Century?

Esther De La Ford | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Esther De La Ford

When you're a teenager and trying to fit in 'feminism' is almost like a dirty word, so if you're radical you label yourself a 'humanist' because while you don't really understand what feminism means, judging by the reaction of your peers it's not 'cool' and it certainly isn't sexy. Now at 21 years of age I couldn't find one female friend or family member who doesn't label themselves as a feminist, and most of the women in my life have been on the receiving end of some kind of sexual violence at one point or another.

Poll: How Drunk Would You Have to Be to Shag Donald Trump?

Jenny Paul | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Comedy
Jenny Paul

The star of this grotesque circus is wealthy older man Donald Trump; who believes that being a famous, rich, white, racist, sexist qualifies him to be voted in as the 45th President of the United States during the election this November, while masterfully showcasing all that is wrong in the land of the free at the moment.

St. Paul and the Women

Maggy Whitehouse | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Maggy Whitehouse

I was never fond of St. Paul. His teachings on on women were always a challenge and I always wondered how he got the ascendency over the disciples who actually knew Jesus and managed to kick-start Christianity virtually single-handed.

VAT Is a Feminist Issue

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

The theme of this year's International Women's Day is gender parity. It is clear that ensuring a Europe-wide VAT exemption on sanitary products and creating a 'gender sensitive' taxation system is an important step to achieving such parity.

International Women's Day - Unlock Women's Economic Potential

Baroness Mary Goudie | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Mary Goudie

International Women's Day is an important opportunity to reflect on how much progress we have made, but also an integral moment to address what still needs to be done to ensure women are able to exist equally to men in all walks of life.

Women's Rights? Let's Talk About Poverty First on International Women's Day 2016

Pauline Ngari | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Pauline Ngari

Many poor women in Africa still receive little or no education, are unlikely to find a job which will enable them to earn a living and are certainly not equal - in fact they are at the bottom of the pile. These women face so many problems that their 'rights' are a long way from their minds.

Catalysing Growth for Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs

Cherie Blair | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Cherie Blair

It is an exciting and important time to be delivering this project. Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, thanks to expansion in sectors such as telecommunications and a booming film industry. And yet, despite this, a significant gender gap in economic activity persists.

Gender and Economic Development

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

Empowered Women Fight Poverty It's nearly 100 years since the UK government passed the Representation of the People Act 1918 and over 150 years sinc...

How Barbie Corrupts Our Daughters' Career Aspirations

Gwendi Klisa | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Parents
Gwendi Klisa

We are being misled to think Barbie is empowered because she's wearing shrubs, a suit, overall, uniform or geeky T-Shirt. But Barbie can't actively use her body to walk, jump, or, in fact, work. She was made to be an object we look at and kit out. What she wears when she's boarding a jet is more important than how fast she can fly it.

Why I'm Holding a Goddess Ceremony at Stonehenge for My Hen Do

Nikki Armytage | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nikki Armytage

If you'd asked me five years ago what I thought my hen-do would have been like I would have said champagne, Ibiza, new bikinis and a weekend of debauchery. Instead I'm going to be in the middle of Stonehenge, banging drums, dancing like a wild woman and honouring my inner goddess with a ceremony led by a Shamanic practitioner and pagan priestess. It's on Friday and I can't wait!

Charity Begins at Home

Rachel Shenton | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Shenton

Rubygirl UK works with a wide spectrum of vulnerable young people who are from challenging backgrounds & struggle with issues such as deprivation, self harm, abuse, addiction, mental health, bullying and low self esteem. Their focus is on moving forward and making good choices.

Women's Empowerment Is Key to Challenging Inequality

Philip Goodwin | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Inequality disempowers us all. How can we eradiate global poverty without everyone having the opportunity to take charge of their own destiny? Not least, I want my daughter to grow up in a world that's entirely different to the one her grandmother struggled in.

Five Steps to Brighton Your Day!

Jolene Setterfield | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jolene Setterfield

Do you ever feel like it's groundhog day? i.e. you are doing the same old thing each and every day?!... Here are five easy steps to help you change things around a little...

10 Ways to Practise Self-Love and be Kind to Yourself

Annie Ashdown | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Many of us experience someone criticising us whilst growing up for not being perfect, making mistakes or not living up to the unrealistic expectations they bestow upon us. This often results in us creating core beliefs in our subconscious that we are unlovable.

What the #SheInspiresMe Campaign Means to Me

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

This is a crisis which we cannot ignore - because we know that when we invest in women, we inspire change. For more than 20 years our organisation has witnessed the power of what is possible when we work together with women survivors of war to give them the tools they need to transform their lives.

The End of the Line

Anna-Lena Elled | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Sport
Anna-Lena Elled

Closure. That's what this final Team SCA blog post is going to be all about. Why? Well, earlier this month we had our very last outing as a team at the Getty Images Gallery in London, where they are currently showing a very special exhibition dedicated to our time in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Women in the City: Changing the Leopard's Spots

Janvi Patel | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Janvi Patel

I recently gave the keynote speech at the Women in the City Awards Lunch, an amazing event celebrating the incredible achievements of women and men wh...