Womens' Empowerment

Ode To Breastfeeding

Rachel Murray | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Murray

I held your pink, wrinkled body to my chest and your searching lips quickly found what you needed. For the first weeks, you were an extension of me, like the luminous yellow gorse to the Scottish hillside. Your constant demand for milk was so strong that I could barely separate myself for long enough to pee; the responsibility of sustaining life was weighing down on me.

Don't Die With Your Masterpiece Still Inside You!

Amy Shefik | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Shefik

It really troubles me to see this happen in people all the time, it's like they go along blissfully unaware that they're gonna die. Listen to me people, we only have a finite amount of time here! Please don't let insecurity and fear stop you from sharing your gifts with the world.

How Women Are Stamping Out Poverty In Bangladesh

Mark Hammersley | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Mark Hammersley

"My daughter is going to finish school," one young woman told me, defiantly. "She's going to get the opportunities I didn't have."

How Do You Learn To Love, Appreciate And Invest In Your Mumbod?

Sarah Rose Gregory | Posted 02.06.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Rose Gregory

Inside is where it hurts, inside is where it starts, that's what matters and that's where you need buy in. We are all on this journey as mums, the question is how much time are we willing to dedicate? Are we prepared to invest in ourselves? Can we continue to give from an empty well?

Shared Parental Leave - Two Years On

Hannah Cottam | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents
Hannah Cottam

On the second anniversary of a revolutionary policy that gives parents the opportunity to split time caring for their new born baby, studies have revealed that as little as one percent of men have so far taken up the opportunity to do so.

How Women Can Change How They're Portrayed In Advertising

Heidy Rehman | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

We have deliberately chosen models who are strong and positive representations of difference - race, disability, model health advocacy and non-conforming. And we have only promoted positive body language.

Why We Must Stop Telling Our Daughters To Be Nice

Sarah Newton | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

I had no idea what they were talking about, where this young girl was been dragged to or why the exasperated mother had insisted she go. I just know the use of the word nice and good were beginning to make my skin crawl.

How The Growth Of Athleisure Has Been A Shot In The Arm For Girl Power

Melissa Wheeler | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Style
Melissa Wheeler

This fashion marks a shift away from objectification towards feminine functionality. You know a category has earned its place in our wardrobe when it pushes boundaries. Just as loungewear saw the onesie reach mainstream, so too do we have athleisure brands embracing the jumpsuit.

Five Brands That Are Empowering Women

Kendall Benton-Collins | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Style
Kendall Benton-Collins

It's hard not to feel discouraged when you're faced with disparity. You can make a difference by supporting fashion brands that are empowering women throughout their supply chain.

The Real Face Of Britain

Kevin Bailey | Posted 11.04.2017 | UK
Kevin Bailey

One of the big stories this week has been that of a young Asian Woman, standing in the face of an EDL leader, smiling calmly. That woman, was Saffiya...

Unravelling My Thoughts

Rachel Lamb | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

Admitting that I needed help to organise that box of emotions I'd pushed to the back of my mind for so long was a huge milestone for me. Going from an abusive relationship, to escaping and feeling strong and empowered, to finally coming to terms with the fact that I can't deal with it on my own, is one hell of a realisation.

FGM Still Exists: And We Need To Fight Even Harder To Eradicate It

Jennette Arnold | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Jennette Arnold

all women everywhere The theme for this year's International Women's Day was #BeBoldForChange, calling on us all to make a world that works better and harder for gender inclusivity. Yet, despite society moving on from the sexism of the 1960s and 1970s, there are still some issues that demand our attention.

Time Is The Greatest Gift We Can Give Ourselves

Trish McEvoy | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Trish McEvoy

If there is one thing I've learned in all my years as a makeup artist and entrepreneur, it's that many women forget they deserve time. They'll do whatever it takes to build careers, bring up families and be good friends, but their own needs take a backseat. "I don't need time," they'll say. "I'm fine."

Top 5 Humanitarian Women

Frontier | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Frontier

Feminism and humanitarianism are intrinsically linked, both working towards the welfare and fair treatment of all. Here are five women whose humanitarian work has paved the way toward an equal global society.

Is International Women's Day Sexist?

Hayley Kearney | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK
Hayley Kearney

Some of the anti-International Women's Day rhetoric this year, from men and women, is worrying. I foolishly engaged in a Facebook debate on the subj...

For All Women Everywhere - Keep Learning, Keep Moving, Keep Pushing

Halima Khatun | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Halima Khatun

Family businesses can be some of the most successful companies in the world. Just look at Nike whose founder Phil Knight recently stepped down as chairman as his son Travis Knight took a seat on the board in 2016. Walmart is still a family business and L'Oreal is still controlled by the founder's daughter.

A Third Of All Women Experience Violence In Their Lifetime. It's Time To Be Bold For Change

Imran Madden | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

Today marks International Women's Day 2017, a day where we unite to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women aroun...

Let's All #BeBoldForChange - Even If Your Bold Act Seems Small, I Promise You It Isn't...

Grace Willow | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Grace Willow

all women everywhere My usual routine used to consist of hopping out of bed and immediately switching on my phone. As I got ready, I'd start to check emails, make calls and thus my working day had begun before I'd even left the house.

Women: Let's Roar For Each Other

Michelle Gant | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Gant

All you amazing, incredible, unique beautiful, interesting, and fabulous women - you are more than enough. You already have everything inside you to be who you want to be, to do what you want to do. You are more than enough. And you always have been.

Why Does Game of Thrones Make Rape A Form Of Entertainment?

Veronica Lazarus | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Veronica Lazarus

There's a reason I stopped watching Game of Thrones. It wasn't because of the violence or the sex which some might perceive as gratuitous. It wasn't because there aren't any morals or lessons to be learned from the story being portrayed. But I did have an issue with the treatment of women in the series.

International Women's Day: Treasures Within

Harnaam Kaur | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Harnaam Kaur

all women everywhere Living with my Lady Beard has been amazing, but that doesn't mean that I have not had to face hard times too. I have been body shamed all my life, and I have come to realise that it will never stop unless I try to change people's perceptions of what beauty really is. I will forever challenge people's thoughts about what they think to be "normal" is.

An Opportunity To Share Diverse Stories - International Women's Day

Jenny Garrett | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

all women everywhere As a black straight woman, from a working class background in Britain, my story may be very different to that of another woman who has not had to experience the same forms of discrimination. All stories are valid, illuminate our experience and highlight the diversity within diversity.

I Cycled To Iran And Found A Warm, Hospitable Country - But Women's Rights Has A Long Way To Go

Rebecca Lowe | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK
Rebecca Lowe

The woman, 37, was a PhD student at the local university. She was married, but lived alone because her husband remarried nine years ago after she told him she didn't want children. They never divorced, however, so she was unable to leave the country without his consent.

I Hid My Grey Hair For 20 Years - But At 45 My Natural Look Gets Me Stopped In The Street

Nicola Humber | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola Humber

Sometimes I still have people asking me whether I'm really intending to leave my hair this way. And I'm happy to say 'Yes, I am'. Allowing my hair to be natural makes me feel freer, stronger, more real. And I'm glad to have said goodbye to the young girl who felt she had to look a certain way.

Creating Connected Communities Through Craft

Kanak Hirani Nautiyal | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Style
Kanak Hirani Nautiyal

f our gender might have ever worked against us in other circumstances, this time it went in our favour. Most of the artisans that we work with to create our handmade products are women -- of all ages and skill levels.