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Leading Women

Leading Women Shamima Pervin is a Women Rights activist from Bangladesh. Professionally she has worked with national and international NGOs, United Nations organizations, DFID and Government of Bangladesh. She has carried out extensive work in planning, managing projects, capacity development and M&E activities in the field of extreme poverty, gender mainstreaming, diversity, violence against women, …

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Lady Turning

Lady Turning Do these look like two people who’ve just kicked their convictions under the table?Tony Blair, and Liberian President, Ellen Johnson –Sirleaf met during Blair’s visit to Liberia for the charity the African Governance Initiative (AGI) which, in Blair’s own words aims to “strengthen African governments and help them move to aid independence”. Ms …

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Promoting

Promoting At least, that is, according to the Turkish military. A recent report by the BBC available here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17474967  Highlights the ways in which sexuality across the world is largely a social construct. The article refers to the practice of military conscription in Turkey – an obligation which can only be avoided by proving yourself to …

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Limus

Limus At least, that is, according to the Turkish military. A recent report by the BBC (available here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17474967 bit.ly this link) highlights the ways in which sexuality across the world is largely a social construct. The article refers to the practice of military conscription in Turkey – an obligation which can only be avoided …

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Olympics Changers

Olympic Changers The London Olympics will be the first games to include women as well as men from every competing nation, including Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The two Saudi women participants though they have not qualified have received special invitations from the International Olympics Committee (IOC), (politics trumps performance) who hope that they will …

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Gender Sexy

Gender Sexy Has Olympics 2012 made gender equality a ‘sexy’ aspiration and policy direction for decision-makers, politicians, the IOC and other movers and shakers, such as the mainstream media? Ahead of the pack (if there turns out to be a pack) UK shadow Olympics Minister ,Tessa Jowell , has shrewdly been the first to head …

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Pink

Pink Kat George’s Pink Bits published as an e-book by Thought Catalogue original books is an example of the growing volume of media products – books, blogs, films, television shows – produced by young women primarily for a specific demographic of girls and women ( roughly 11-28?), though George invites young men along for much-needed …

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Lie

Lie In The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism and the Reality of the Biological Clock Tanya Selvaratnam presents her own story of “heartbreak and self-discovery” relative to her attempts to become a mother at the “advanced age of 40” , having experienced three miscarriages. She notes that women tend not to talk among themselves about failed …

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Men & Gender

Men & Gender Women feel that the gender scales are weighted against them in most fields; and this in turn makes them assume that men will not want to enter into a discussion on equality issues. However without more balanced involvement the situation is unlikely to change. gendercentric posted earlier the question has gender become …

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Marriage

Marriage We had of course Kate & William which looks like the first successful royal marriage for a long time because of or despite that fact that the bride is an outsider. But most spectacularly we saw the Archbishop of Canterbury being routed by a combination of gay marriage and women bishops, unless this was …

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