Womens Empowerment

Learning to Love Myself

Malminder Gill | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

By learning each day to take care of yourself, you will start to be an example to your colleagues, friends and family. Many of us are more motivated to do something positive when we realise the potential impact it can have on others.

Do You Always Need to Be Right?

Annie Ashdown | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Acts of kindness are only kind when you feel good about ourselves. Caretaking is the neighbour of martyrdom. Many who lack confidence have a compulsion to be perfect. I found being a control freak exhausting.

Rebuilding Post-Genocide Rwanda 20 Years on - One Job at a Time

Pauline Ngari | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Pauline Ngari

Rwanda is in everybody's thoughts this month as we remember the 800,000 people who died in the genocide twenty years ago. As well as the horrific human cost, the genocide also left Rwanda an economic basket case.

Feeling the Fear of Public Speaking

Christina Robert | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christina Robert

I don't know how many of you have dabbled in self-help, but there is a niggling inconsistency to the general message of 'heal thyself' that has always thrown me. Is the pathway to fulfilment reached by following my bliss - or - by feeling the fear and doing it anyway?

Top Tips on How to Deal Effectively With Criticism

Annie Ashdown | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Many people cant find it within themselves to say anything positive and take pleasure from flagging up someone's shortcomings. Don't make it about you, as these people need to feel superior because they are so insecure and the only way they can do so is project their own flaws onto another person. They do it with everyone.

10 Things Highly Successful People Don't Do

Annie Ashdown | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Over the years I have done extensive research, read endless authorised biographies, studied body language and carefully observed the communications skills of highly successful people. I learnt it wasn't about luck but about choosing the right attitude, taking action, changing behaviour, taking one step at a time, one goal, one priority at a time, a day at a time.

Do You Want to Increase Personal Effectiveness to Reach Your Goals?

Annie Ashdown | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Annie Ashdown

Do you set goals and feel frustrated when you don't reach them? That's what I used to do. I was never smart with my time and never resourceful. I di...

Why Seeing Success Is the First Step to Believing in It

Edwina Dunn | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Edwina Dunn

For businesswomen, this year's International Women's Day, which took place earlier this month, presented something of a paradox...

Can Everyone Stop Bitching About #nomakeupcancerawarenessselfies Already?!

Alice Carder | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Tech
Alice Carder

Why are people angry that women who've posted have received 'natural beauty' acclamations from friends and strangers? Personally I think if women want to congratulate one another on their collective natural beauty this can only be a step in the right direction of mutual support and love

15 Signs He Might Be a Player - Do Not Call That Guy

Annie Ashdown | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

t's amazing how many female clients and colleagues I encounter who are highly intelligent, beautiful, kind, smart, witty and bright yet they get so easily duped by players. Players know how to say the right things, how to hook you by telling you want they think you want to hear.

Why the Woman Who Does Not Require Validation from Anyone Is the Most Feared Individual On the Planet

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

My view is that a woman who goes through life without taking any notice of society's perception of her becomes the most feared individual on the planet. This is because patriarchy wants to reduce her to an insecure, submissive female and as long as she rejects the notion of validation, she is perceived as a threat to the status quo.

'Barroco Barner' Gaffe - Another Disguised Excuse to Laugh at Women?

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Hotston Moore

For many of us it has been dispiriting to read the reports and analysis, weighty and otherwise, let alone to have the meanderings of a 20-year-old receptionist making no claims to intellectual weight held as somehow totemic of education or, implicitly, women.

The Masturbation Movement

Tamsin Rowntree | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tamsin Rowntree

Despite the strength of female empowerment, there remains one last taboo silenced in society. It is time to change and have a relevant, intelligent conversation about self-pleasure, and face the naked truth that females masturbate.

To My Daughter, on International Women's Day

Kiran Chug | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

It is your first International Women's Day. At seven months old, you are oblivious to the notion that our sex has struggled for equality. You do not know this day has been marked out in calendars annually for over a century. You understand nothing of the battle women fought to be treated fairly.

International Women's Day: My Trip to Meet the Inspirational Women Building Peace in Kosovo

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

I have just returned from 3 days in Kosovo visiting our Women for Women International (WFWI) Programme which focuses on giving socially excluded, poor women access to knowledge and resources, to help them build better lives for them, their families and community.

International Women's Day: Blog From Women for Women International, DRC Graduate

Mukonondo | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

I am a 26-year-old married mother of five children, including 4 boys and one girl. Growing up, my family was very poor. My father was unemployed, and my mother cultivated land for other people. My mother had 12 children, including myself, but six of my older siblings died. Because my parents could not afford tuition fees for me, I stopped school after 4th grade. Instead, I worked to cultivate my family's fields.

International Women's Day: Blog From Women for Women International, Rwanda Graduate

Claire | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

I am an ordinary woman living in Rukara Sector of Kayonza District. My life used to be very hard, the only source of revenue was coming from tailoring from which I could not even raise enough money to sustain our basic needs. Even the sewing machine I was using I was renting for 3,000 Rwandan francs a month.

International Women's Day: Blog From Women for Women International, Kosovo Graduate

Hava Abdullahu | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hava Abdullahu

During the war, my family (my husband, five children and parents-in-law) and I were forced by the Serb police to leave our house. We had no choice but try to escape to Albania. On our way there the Serb forces maltreated us in different ways, by searching us, threatening to kill us etc. But fortunately we managed to cross the border and go to Albania.

International Women's Day: Blog From Women for Women International, Bosnia and Herzegovina Graduate

Seida | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

One day we received news that an organization called Women for Women started enrolling women in life skills renewal program. I thought there was nothing to be renewed after all those lives have been lost.

How the 'Avon' Model Is Empowering Women to 'Inspire Change' in Madagascar

Laura Robson | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Laura Robson

The first International Women's Day (IWD), aimed at both celebrating the extraordinary social, political and economic achievements of women, and directing a spotlight on areas requiring further action, was observed in 1911 at a time when family planning services were extremely limited.

New Norm for That "Certain Age"

Jaki Scarcello | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jaki Scarcello

The term "Coming of Age" has taken on a whole new meaning as we play in life free of the battered self esteem and co dependent worries of youth. They say as you get older you are more vulnerable, perhaps physically this is true but emotionally and intellectually it seems the opposite is true.

No, We Haven't Closed the Gender Gap, But We Are Getting Closer - Why Education is the Key to Equality

Marianne Stenger | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marianne Stenger

Whenever I bring up the topic of gender equality, be it with friends, co-workers or acquaintances on social media, there is always someone who will try to point out that gender inequality is no longer really an issue in Western society...

What Everybody Ought to Know About Bullies

Annie Ashdown | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annie Ashdown

Hold your ground; this is crucial when confronting a bully. Imagine they are a professional fighter in a ring and you are in the audience with no protective gear on and they are desperately trying to hook you in the ring for a fight. DON'T get in the ring.

Women Have the Power to Lead - What's Stopping Them - Confidence or Men?

Nicci Roscoe | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicci Roscoe

When the FTSE 100 has only four female chief executives there's a question that has to be asked: Why are more women not pushing themselves forward for more senior roles? My work as a corporate coach suggests the answer is primarily a lack of confidence.

More Than a Phone: Mobile Empowering Women

Kathy Calvin | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathy Calvin

We need to encourage more girls to enter the STEM education fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. If we give girls a STEM education today, they can become the mobile app creators and program developers that can change the world.