Womens' Empowerment

Are Female Leaders Assessed Differently?

Tobi Olujinmi | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tobi Olujinmi

"Who runs the World - Girls?" Did Beyoncé predict this? Is this the answer to every gender equality prayer? The tide appears to be changing for women. Are we heading for a renaissance where women will no longer be required to address questions on womanhood prior to being assessed on merit? Perhaps, the type of women we are, speaks to the type of leaders we will be. The problem however, is the yardstick used to assess womanhood.

Who Run the World? Girls!

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

I believe that as women we should give Theresa May an opportunity to prove she is what this country needs. Still, a second female Prime Minister should excite us. We may not be exactly where we want to be but we're on our way there. Surely each small step we take towards progress is a step worth celebrating.

Margaret vs Theresa: The Personal and the Political

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

May is considered to be far more moderate, rather the liberal type. Thatcher's political beliefs were inspired by radical libertarian ideas, which are based on the notion of personal freedom and by all means limiting the power of the state.

Let's Hear It for the Girls...

Tana Dawn | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK
Tana Dawn

We are living in very interesting times. With Britain's exit from the European Union, the Prime Minister and party leaders standing down, we are all experiencing massive shifts that are leaving some of us feeling misplaced, disorientated and in total upheaval.

The Feminising Fallout of Britain's EU Referendum: Is this the New Face of Feminism?

Clarisse Berthezène | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Clarisse Berthezène

Whatever happens, wherever the chips eventually fall in this Russian roulette of post-referendum political unrest, the feminisation of politics has to mean something. Even if this is just a Polaroid snap shot of one day in British political history, it still represents a sea change in our political culture.

Why Joni, Tori and Björk Are My Songwriting Mums

Becca Stevens | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Becca Stevens

I believe if you are really true to yourself, then nobody can sound like you. Thanks to Joni, Tori and Bjork, I learned a fearlessness in creating my art and exploring the musical landscape, thanks mums!

Reflecting on World Refugee Day 2016

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Women, who are among the most disadvantaged, have become responsible for protecting and providing for themselves and their children with next to nothing in hand yet they bring enormous resilience to the task of survival and step courageously outside traditional roles to keep families afloat. That's why we must continue to invest in these solutions.

Women Died to Give You the Right to Vote

Soozi Baggs | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Politics
Soozi Baggs

This morning I voted in the EU Referendum. I also posted on my Facebook wall that I was voting and urged all people, especially women, to do the same. And yes, I used that cliched argument that women died to secure the right for women to vote. This is what I said...

Coffee, Friendship and Depression

Dawn-Maria France | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn-Maria France

It saddens me to hear that my friends are sometimes depressed. It concerns me even more to hear that they phone up their employers claiming they have 'flu symptoms,' to excuse their absence from work. They hide under the blankets until their mood lifts and the dark thoughts dissipate.

Ann's Rwanda Adventure 2016

Ann Dickinson | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK
Ann Dickinson

My word, it is hot. I am standing in small hair salon in the Bugesera region of Eastern Province, Rwanda with barber Aloys, his four children, his wife, my translator Ephron from CARE Rwanda and photographer Georgina Goodwin. It is, to say the least, a squash in this small building, no bigger than 8 square feet. Outside, the sun is beating down on the corrugated iron roof; inside, we are slowly cooking.

Ann's Rwanda Adventure 2016

Ann Dickinson | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK
Ann Dickinson

Good day from Rwanda. As I rose this morning, marvelling at the view of the hills and mist-filled valleys from my hotel, I thought how lucky I was to be here.

You Do Not Owe the World Your Niceness

Katie Portman | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Portman

I've ignored slights, put downs and sarcastic comments. Silenced my gut instinct. Allowed others to cross my personal boundaries. And caused myself nothing but pain, drama and misery in the process.

Ann's Rwanda Adventure 2016

Ann Dickinson | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Ann Dickinson

Several things strike you on arriving in Rwanda. First there is the heat, which hits you like a wall as you step off the plane. Once clear of the airport the next thing you notice is how clean the streets are. Plastic bags are illegal in Rwanda and it shows.

Get Beach Body Ready

Hattie Harrison | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Hattie Harrison

This is a VERY important post to remind you that if you haven't already started getting thinner/browner/sexier then it is time to START. The weather is getting warmer and your body must be PERFECT in order for you to expose any part of it. Exfoliate, moisturise and per-fect lady. It's time to get beach body ready.

Brock Turner is Reinforcing Rape Culture

Nell Grecian | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nell Grecian

It's pretty ridiculous that here and now, a considerable way through 2016, we are still telling people not to have sex with anyone else against their will. It truly is baffling to read, see and hear what modern society's concept of rape really is.

To Totter or Not to Totter, That Is the Question ...

K. Day | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
K. Day

What I do care about is that every woman recognises her beauty, regardless of anything. And however she puts herself together she does it for herself, and herself alone. Not because her partner wants it, not because her boss expects it and not because the media dictates it.

He's The Man: What Modern-Day Masculinity Really Means for Men...and Women

Tana Dawn | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tana Dawn

Other men seek their salvation in the ring by punching seven bells out of a component to not only prove their manliness, but to release their own pain of losing a father to suicide. Who would want to argue whether its sweat or tears rolling off his rippled body?

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...