Monthly Archives: February 2014

Feb 20 Media round-up. Cambridge University staff call for action on academia gender equality.

PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group

Afghan Youth Debates: Women Must Vote to Secure Rights  Institute for War and Peace Reporting  Female voters could only secure real change by confronting societal … “It is women who raise the children of this country, and women form half of …

Gender equity: even sector’s best not good enough Times Higher Education Discrimination against women persists in the UK academy, even in institutions that have been recognised for their good employment practices, …

Gender equality European Voice The European Commission has proposed renewing the mandate of the director of the European Gender Equality Institute, Virginija Langbakk, until …

Cambridge University staff call for action on academia gender equality The university’s gender equality champion Dame Athene Donald said female staff members backed the suggestion a male-bias existed in the sector.

NGOs help girls in rural India tackle female illiteracy, gender inequality The National … and cultural norms and antecedents of distinct ethnic and tribal communities and changing deep-rooted attitudes towards education and gender.

Gender inequality isn’t just a female…

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HIV and Poverty – What is being done in Northern Ireland?

HIV Blogger

HIVandPoverty This morning I received an email about HIV and Poverty from the Terrence Higgins Trust asking me to contact my local council’s cabinet member to find out what is being done by the council to support people living with HIV who are in financial difficulties. However, since in Northern Ireland health, social care, and benefits are not issues that are dealt with by local councils (as in England), I thought it would be better to write to the Ministers for Health and Social Development, and the members of the two relevant Assembly Committees at Stormont.

My basic letter is below. If you would like to use it as a template for your own, please feel free to do so and to amend as you see fit.

Dear [insert name of MLA],

The Terrence Higgins Trust has produced a report on HIV and Poverty in the UK (, informed…

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Hillary Clinton Has Some Surprising Career Advice for Young Women

LGBT Profile: UFC Fighter Liz Carmouche

Proud to Be Here

Liz Carmouche wrapped in an American flag Photography by Danielle Levitt Liz “Girl-Rilla” Carmouche has led a remarkable professional life. A former Marine helicopter electrician, she served three tours of duty in the Middle East. Then, as a fighter in the UFC, she catapulted herself into the top 10 female fighters in mixed martial arts. She also holds the honor of being the first out gay fighter in the UFC.

Learn more about Liz Carmouche

See the full list of Out100 2013

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Ellen Page Comes Out as Gay: ‘I’m Tired of Hiding’

What a beautiful speech

BREAKING: Facebook adds New Gender Options

Being Feminist

Facebook has announced today that it will provide 50 different gender identities. And, according to the Associated Press, the options on the list will evolve based on user input.

This move, which has been in the works for four months at Facebook, feels one part unexpected and one part reactionary – as Facebook users have been protesting for a move like this for sometime, both through the creation of groups and the signing of petitions, but also through taking advantage of a loophole in Facebook’s coding to change their pronouns form ‘his’ or ‘hers’ to ‘theirs’.

Facebook has also shown its forward thinking by ceasing to tie gender to pronouns. Users can now pick their gender,and additionally and separately choose their pronouns (though only from a list of ‘she’, ‘he’ or ‘they’).

In a world that often times sensationalizes or caricaturizes the transgender community, this move from Facebook goes a…

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Tales of a pole-dancing feminist

I was a high-school feminist

As I write this, my inner thighs are bruised, my underarm muscles (who knew they exist?) are sore, and I’ve skinned the top of my left foot. These reminders of yesterday’s dance session, my first in two months, are uncomfortable, but I’m glad they’re there.  They’ve helped me get back inside my own body.

Image These are just some of the locations and causes of pole dance bruises.

When I left my house for dance yesterday, I wasn’t feeling great. I knew I’d lost a lot of strength, since I had been away and not working out (I really REALLY hate to exercise outside of dance classes) for a while. Usually, my frustration with myself for my laziness quickly turns into determination to do better. However, this time the frustration felt like defeat. I eyed the pole warily as I warmed up, doubting that my muscles would remember what to do…

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