Womens' Empowerment

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.

The Million Dollar Question: Why do Talented Women Leave Their Jobs?

Astrid van Waveren | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Astrid van Waveren

If a man and a woman, both aged thirty, quit their jobs, the stock assumption remains: The man leaves for a greater challenge, or a higher salary. The woman leaves because she wants to start a family.

Don't Give Up on Love!

Jolene Setterfield | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jolene Setterfield

Don't ever give up on love. One thing I believe to be true is that, life is ALWAYS conspiring on our behalf, and I have absolutely no regrets in any of it, no matter how hard it got (and boy did it get hard!!). Keep the faith, keep looking ahead and allow your heart to soften, and your dreams to blossom. Don't let life toughen you too much, often when there is a heartbreak it can be a blessing in disguise to allow an even better match in to your life.

It's a Game Changer

Richard Reoch | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Reoch

"Now we are able to buy sheep, breed them and sell them," says Hanane Anassi who leads a women's cooperative in the harsh landscape of Morocco's Atlas mountains. What's changed in this ancient land where millions live in poverty, is that these sheep-raising women have become computer savvy.

Misery Is Not a Reality

Henning van der Hoeven | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Henning van der Hoeven

My name is Kati. I had a stroke in January 1995, and I have been almost entirely paralyzed with no meaningful movement or able to talk since. I have Locked-In Syndrome, I am trapped inside my body. Let me share a little secret with you;

misery is not a reality; it is a state of mind.

Five Ways Hillary Clinton Has Improved the Lives of Women All Over the World

Beth Gray | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Politics
Beth Gray

America now faces a potential future female President who will for the first time have women's rights at the front of her mind. With Clinton set for the most powerful job in the world and with women's rights playing a huge role in her policies who knows how much further she will progress women's rights both in the USA and globally.

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.