Womens' Empowerment

Engaging Men - From Nangarhar to Hollywood

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

If we can change the hearts and actions of men in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, surely it's time for discriminatory and predatory norms in boardrooms and homes across the West to change as well.

The Angelina Effect

Professor Andrew Baildam | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Andrew Baildam

Twenty years ago the idea of undertaking bilateral mastectomies for a woman who had not been diagnosed with breast cancer was not only an anathema, frankly, it was considered unethical.

I'm Childless By Choice - Stop Judging Me!

Dawn-Maria France | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dawn-Maria France

I really don't need to justify why my partner and I choose not to have children. In today's society, the nuclear family has gone, and families come in all shape and sizes, with or without children. So why pressurise me because I'm childless? What happened to freedom of choice?

Time To End Gender Apartheid

Sanjyot P. Dunung | Posted 27.09.2017 | UK
Sanjyot P. Dunung

I'm a serial entrepreneur and the founder of a global digital education content company, specializing in cross-cultural issues. I also happen to be a minority female from a traditional culture. I mention that fact last because it's the least relevant reason as to how and why I became an entrepreneur and how I run my business.

A Letter To Anyone Who's Ever Felt Bad About How They Look

Heidy Rehman | Posted 24.09.2017 | UK Style
Heidy Rehman

Is it any wonder that the result, the final cut that we see shows an image of someone who looks as good as perfect? Why then should we allow this to undermine our confidence? Imagine how you would look after such a regimen - and I hope you remember that next time you see a picture of a model in a magazine.

On Being a Feminist Christian

Iris Maxfield | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Iris Maxfield

My university bookcase is the best example of how all this exists together. Next to well-worn feminist literature from Laura Bates to Iris Murdoch is my Bible; each loved, each with an important place in my life.

The Impact Alopecia Areata Had On My Self-Esteem

Leynna-Jay Honegan | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Leynna-Jay Honegan

I never realised how much hair could impact someones life, because when you see someone who's lost their hair It's always a different feeling compared to actually experiencing it yourself. Only a few people knew about my alopecia, because I was too scared to tell anyone, I thought my friends would look at me different or treat me in a different way.

Sport Saved My Life And It Could Save Yours Too

Jin Osborne | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jin Osborne

Being diagnosed as one of just eight in a million people to suffer from a rare life-threatening condition certainly changes your perspective on life. For me, it made me a much stronger person and gave me a new-found love of sport, which I can thank for still being here today.

Why Rugby Is The Revolution Women Need Right Now

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Sport
Alex Muller-Nicholson

A revolution is afoot. Across the UK, women gather together. Brisk Sunday mornings, cold midweek evenings, the weekly training schedule might be set for the present - but the groundwork is being laid for an exciting future. The future of female rugby.

How To Proactively Start Creating Your Dream Life Now!

Amy Shefik | Posted 10.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Shefik

Now I'm the person who knows exactly what she wants and takes action towards it every single day. I have goals and dreams and while I'm super driven and determined, there are times when I have to deal with those thoughts of, "What if this doesn't work? Or, Why hasn't this happened yet?"

Positive Birth Reading List

Rachel Murray | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Parents
Rachel Murray

My birth education was a smorgasbord of books, documentaries, workshops, internet research and conversations with other women. But this post will only stretch so far so I decided to share my favourite birth books. I should say that firstly I came across all the standard issue pregnancy and birth books (you know the best-seller type ones) and they didn't speak to me.

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.