Remember when we thought this summer brought about a new dawn for women's football, a watershed moment for the equality of women in sport? Well, we're clearly not quite there yet. We like our women footballers, just not so much as to boot a man off the cover. The whole sorry episode is a bigger own goal than Laura Bassett's.
As we packed up our kit in the hot sun and Mary showed us the way back through the village and scarce trees to our car I thought about how hard it had been to hear Jane and Mary's stories, but was wowed by their powerful determination to end FGM and tell others about its dangers. Mary's final words to me are ones I'll never forget...
It was only a month ago that I was crouched over my bed in excruciating pain. After three more hospital visits, I was told I was experiencing gastroenteritis. I didn't believe anything they said anymore. I knew my body and I knew there was something wrong. Something serious. After one more visit to the doctors surgery, I was sent into hospital with suspected appendicitis. I was then admitted, and one week later.. I was coming around from emergency Ileostomy Surgery.
I have spent my career working with women who have been beaten, raped and exploited. What all failed to understand in the debate, is that women are beaten and raped exactly because they have less value in society. To me it was not about money and wages it was about worth. So as the government marched through the no lobby it felt like we women were worthless. So who can we blame when this week two of us, the worthless, are murdered?
I am not alone. A New York Times survey in 1984 placed death third in a list of people's biggest fears. The first two were walking into a room full of strangers and speaking in public. So the whole TED phenomena taps into our inner fears and, as somebody who sends people o
Victims of child, early and forced marriage typically have children very young and because their bodies aren't ready for childbirth, around 70,000 girls die in labour every year... I've uploaded a selection of our child bride images into the 'how old am I' app and here are the results. A picture says a thousand words, but the age says so much more.
What we really, really want from the G7 this week therefore is an initiative which brings together governments, business and NGOs to create and grow small businesses which will put economic power in the hands of women.
For someone dedicated to campaigning journalism, the week I spent writing #GiveMeShelter was one to remember. For much of the time, my fingers bounced furiously off the keyboard telling a story that I hoped would make a difference. Every second I wrote in the safety of my office, I knew that women and children were being abused, killed even - all terrified, all looking for a way out. The Sun's #GiveMeShelter campaign has hopefully gone some way to offering them a lifeline.
Refuges save lives. It's that simple. You will probably have seen the Women's Aid campaign with The Sun this week, 'Give Me Shelter', supporting Women's Aid's call to protect the national network of specialist domestic violence refuges. Our own campaign, SOS - 'Save Our Services' - was launched last June, informed by survivors of domestic violence and local Women's Aid Federation organisations. One of SOS's main achievements was a £10million fund from the government for refuges. But £10million is not enough. We have a new government, and we need this to be a priority, cutting through the rhetoric of austerity: we need the government to understand that leaving refuges to local decision-making is failing.
Burnout in your 50s? Oh it's very real. Life can have you feeling both fearful and disappointed. It was supposed to be different by now, I was supposed to be different. You can almost hear Peggy Lee singing "Is that all there is?"
As the money creeps further into the game, albeit slowly, is that increasing the pressure, which increases the intensity, which increases the likelihood of players losing their heads in the heat of the moment?
Why is it that every portrayal of abortion on my TV screen is a negative one? Reality check... Abortions can be a positive thing too and considering one in three women in the UK have had an abortion, I would say there's a pretty high percent of the population who would agree with that.
There's so much advice on the Internet on how to have a 'healthy period' whatever that means and lots of conflicting information on how to get rid of period pain so in order to get to the truth, I've waited until prime period pain time to deliver this lovely blog to you.
Rape needs to be understood as a crime of violence against women as women, not as offences the property 'rights' of husbands or families nor a symbolic assault upon the identity a the enemy... A world without rape must start from the respect for women's rights over their own body: in war and peace.
There are currently six women presenting solo shows at Xfm London. There are fourteen men. So comparatively we are bucking the trend at 30% females (versus the national average of 20%). Imagine a male DJ joining a station and finding himself one of only six men amongst fourteen female presenters. Do you think for one moment he would proclaim to his friends that he is "lucky to be amongst so many male presenters"?
We women, stopped trying to bring our remarkable female qualities that can only benefit our relationship, our career, our social circles, our community. We think of our unique qualities as something to be ashamed of, given our inner beauty and our female nature held us captives in a male world... only decades ago.