The “V” Word

Sexual education features giggly representations of the male and female bodies. Yet, we can talk freely about the penis in all its phallic representations and men are allowed to expose their upper torsos in a non-sexualised way. However, when it comes down to the female V’s, we divert into shyness and half-muffled expressions of this anatomical feature. 

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Brittany Howard: Rock n Roll Queen of The Blues, Finding her Voice by “Going Solo”

Brittany Howard is a queer, biracial musician who unapologetically creates music that figths for an ideology of inclusivity. She stands for women’s rights as a powerful artist in her own right, and is a symbol for any marginalised girl looking to make it in the musical scene. 

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Beyond the boundaries of tradition: Josefa Ojano

Josefa Ojano is a role-model of intelligence and dedication, having fought for her place in a male-dominated organisation. The only woman in her family to have made it out of the Philippines (through tenacious employment rather than marriage), Josefa now sends local girls to school via scholarships, invests heavily in community skills development, and empowers entrepreneurs in her family and village.

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Tech revolution for women's safety

In today's world, pepper sprays are being substituted by technology solutions that only require a smartphone - which many people own. In the past decade, lots of safety technology apps have been developed, many of which are targeted to women. We're yet to see the app that can actually stop a crime from happening but in the meantime, these new technologies serve as tools to alert of any danger and potentially get help faster.

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Tibetan women, from Mosuo empowerment to exile

Imagine a society where women not only have equal rights but are regarded as the primary decision-maker. Travel to the Yunnan valley in the eastern foothills of the Himalayas and you will find an ancient tribal community of Tibetan Buddhists called Mosuo who live in an extremely modern way. Mosuo women are treated as equal to men, both have as many sexual partners as they like and extended families bring up children and care for the elderly, without the exclusivity of nuclear family structures.

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Seeking asylum in Trump's America

Since Donald Trump won the United States Presidential elections in November 2016 the Trump administration has focused much of its efforts in reducing the number of immigrants in the U.S. by enforcing mass deportations and passing legislation that toughens the asylum seeking process.

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Female Entrepreneurship & Jewellery for Empowerment: Aynur Abbott

Aynur Abbott, Dutch female entrepreneur, quits her corporate job to become a self-employed jewellery designer. Her collection is designed to be worn by women to feel empowered, self-respecting, and independent: reflecting Aynur’s own qualities. In this interview we discover her journey, her cultural drivers and her challenges along the way.

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10 International Films For a Well-Rounded Feminist

International films are often overlooked in mainstream cinema. But some of these films have the most powerful messages of female empowerment from the 1970s until the present day. At times a challenging viewing experience, the films listed below have broken the boundaries of gender, race and sexuality, examining what it means to be a woman in their different geographical spaces.

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Women In Nepal After The Earthquake

It is now three years since the earthquake in Nepal, and women have successfully rebuilt their houses and rehabilitated their communities with the help of foreign aid. In a country still suffering in the aftermath of a devastating natural disaster, women are now challenging the beliefs that had previously led to harmful practices against them.

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Leaving a legacy: a brief look back at the legal initiatives of Michelle Bachelet's tenure in Chile

As Michelle Bachelet prepares for her departure from Chile’s Presidential Palace in Santiago, she leaves behind an influential precedent established with the motive to enhance women’s rights and equality through a number of legislative reforms. 

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