Womens' Empowerment

Finding Your Voice In A Pussy-Grabbing World

Jasmine Irving | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jasmine Irving

My stories are not unusual. They have become some sort of norm. Today and throughout the centuries, across cultures and worldwide, women have had to find ways to deal with their bodies being treated as the property of men.

Fancy A Dance?

Jo Manoukian | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Manoukian

I want to help these women and the women here in the UK at the same time. Hence, I have organised the #SheInspiresMeDance fundraising event, which will take place on Jan 25th at The Cafe de Paris, London. I am excited to bring together dynamic women to experience the adrenalin boost and feel good factor of this night of self expression.

Why Doing It All Is A Myth

Halima Khatun | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Halima Khatun

As I write this article, I am fighting a bout of lurgy, namely the hacking cough that has been doing the rounds up and down the country. It's irritati...

Sexuality Is A Major Part Of Health Care

Jodie Brandman | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Brandman

Sexuality is one of those things that is so often overlooked, but so vital for our mental and physical health. With one of my 2017 goals being to work...

The Badass Woman's Manifesto

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

They say the best way to get to know someone is to find out about their weaknesses. Declare your flaws, own them. Accept yourself in all your grandeur. We have given birth to the earth. Your strength is a tower compared to your weaknesses, so stand tall. You are indestructible and there is nothing that you cannot recover from.

Empowerment Needs To Be Your 2017 Resolution

Nell Grecian | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nell Grecian

It is empowering to empower another person. Aside from (maybe) an orgasm, there is no feeling more satisfying. When women support each other, incredible things happen. And, as women, we are fighting a pretty tough battle; against history, against sexism, against racism, against homophobia, against the patriarchy and against ourselves. We NEED the support!

Who Is Kati?

Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Henning van der Hoeven

Kati is my wife. Kati is the young woman who suffered a stroke in 1995 and since that has been almost entirely paralyzed. Kati is a woman that has spent almost her entire adult life trapped inside her body. Kati is also the person that knows how to enjoy life at the moment to the fullest making the most of each and every day.

She Who Pays The Bills Has The Power?

Emma Tynan | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Tynan

For the first time in my life I was standing in my power, being myself and using my innate gifts and abilities. I felt free to do what I wanted, I stopped apologising and asking for permission, and I was being rewarded for doing so. That felt good. Really good.

Love Your Body For Life - Not Just For Christmas

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

Christmas is a time when women's relationships with our bodies can become particularly strained. One side of us is saying to eat our body weight in pigs in blankets, the other telling us we'll regret it when we don't look like Gigi Hadid come summer.

A Letter To Hillary Clinton

Johanna Higgs | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Johanna Higgs

I wanted to write you a short note Hillary, to say thank you. I want to thank you for being such a wonderful example to all women of just what is possible for us to aspire to.

Empowering The Next Generation Of Women

Eve Jardine-Young | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Eve Jardine-Young

Things are still a work in progress, as women continue to come up against a variety of societal pressures throughout their lives. They face more complex consideration sets when debating whether they should or shouldn't strive for a promotion, consider a career break, be a certain body shape, maintain a specific work-life balance; the list goes on.

Fire And Ice - An Empowered First Step Helps Rape Survivors Achieve Anything

Emily Jacob | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Emily Jacob

In my work to help rape survivors move beyond symptom management and lead a full and reconnected life again I am used to meeting some kick-ass, bad-as...

Savings Groups And Businesses Training Incomes - The Holy Grail Of Poverty Reduction

Pauline Ngari | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Pauline Ngari

Despite the fact that there are 10.5 million people in 70 countries in Savings Groups all over the world and a mountain of research data to match, the...

Forget 'Mansplaining' - Just Teach The Next Generation That We're All Equal

Annie Ridout | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ridout

Why, if women are feeling marginalised at work and mistreated by their male colleagues, should they be the ones who have to work hard to fix this? But also, let's be honest: once a derogatory comment's been thrown out there - making a phone call for advice on a comeback isn't the cleverest way to respond. You need to do it there and then.

Why Sex Ed Really Is Power

Nathalie Greenfield | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nathalie Greenfield

FCome has hit the nail on the head with their hashtag: sex education really is power. Meaningful, comprehensive SRE represents the power to reduce gender-based violence, discrimination on the basis of sexuality or gender, and unhealthy sexual relationships. If only the Department of Education could be convinced that these are causes worth fighting for.

We Must Act Now To Secure The Collective Future Of The World's 10-year-old Girls

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

In some parts of the world, age 10 can be a time of exploration, rapidly expanding horizons and new possibilities. But in other parts of the world, it...

Inspirational Women In Business - Dawn Evans Of Ajuda And Female Entrepreneur Of The Year

Natasha Davies | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK
Natasha Davies

One of the barriers for women entrepreneurs is the lack of women role models. As a woman entrepreneur myself I understand how important it is to surround yourself with inspiring role models and feel that when you find and surround yourself with these positive and inspiring influences that whole new world's and approaches open up to you.

Things I Wish I'd Known As A Young Woman Starting Out In The Music Business

Lara Baker | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

There were countless times in my first few years in music when I felt something we were doing should be done differently, that something wouldn't work, when I had an alternative view or idea. But I assumed other people knew better.

Beating About The Bush: 10 Reasons Why Women Need To Shave

Kate Menear | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Comedy
Kate Menear

Ask any number of women and they might tell you that they shave their bodies for a number of phony reasons such as "societal pressure", it being generally stereotyped as "more feminine" and "attractive", or because it is "the norm". But there are much darker, much more serious reasons, why unshaven women are a danger to public health.

Supporting Women: Can The World Of Politics Learn From The World Of Science

Laura Wheeler | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Tech
Laura Wheeler

There is no better time than on Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of women in STEM, to bring these issues to the forefront. The comments that Trump has made may be reflective of a small slice of society which thinks it is acceptable to objectify and disrespect women, but, the world of politics must be as proactive as the world of science in eradicating these ignorant and intolerable attitudes.

Art And Music Collide For Winning Performance At Funny Women Awards

Lynne Parker | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

Last week a charming young woman with a name tailor-made for comedy nuances picked up her guitar and sung her way to victory in the stage category of our 14th Funny Women Awards.

Afghanistan's Future Lies In The Hands Of Women

Ann Dickinson | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK
Ann Dickinson

This part of Afghanistan is dominated by small farms and steeped in poverty. If the rains do not come, then many families go hungry. Mushtary started her business in an effort to generate a little bit of extra income to see the family through the bad times. But with some basic business training from Hand in Hand, Mushtary has achieved so much more.

Women For Change: Making A Small Commitment For A Big Difference

Meenal Sachdev | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Meenal Sachdev

There is no doubt that migrants, refugees and asylum seekers face wide ranging challenges. But change is possible. Successful small contributions can result in a substantial impact. If you want to use your skills and resources to help make a real change, find out more about joining Women for Change and sign up to attend our event.

Why There's A Lot Wrong With The Internet's Reaction To Brangelina's Split

Roisin Kelly | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Roisin Kelly

With jokes about Jolie getting the karma she deserves and how smug Aniston 'must' be feeling being plastered all over the internet, we have to ask: is our reaction to the split slightly cruel?

Someone Needs To Tell The Media That Brock Turner Isn't The Victim

Emma Critchley | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK
Emma Critchley

The media needs to stop normalising rape and pushing blame onto the victim. Secret survivors of rape are everywhere. This burden will always be with them. We need to make it easier for survivors of rape to talk about what has happened; we need to make it easier for survivors to come forward. The media needs to stop with its crude reporting of rape.