#IWD2017: boldness and bananas

The lump in my throat came when she took out the photos of her wedding day as we sat in the very house the newlyweds had moved into together. She was wearing a silky sleeveless number that looked like it was made only for her: he was also wearing white. Her fingers slowly flicked throughContinue reading “#IWD2017: boldness and bananas”

Welcome

Welcome to those who were treated as invisible, or problematic, or too much, or not enough. Welcome to those who were told they couldn’t, and to those who were asked to leave. Welcome to those who were told not to show weakness, and to the boys who dared to cry. Welcome to those who hadContinue reading “Welcome”

The courage to plant roots

My grandpa could always be found in his garden, which was an exotic oasis full of colours and species waiting to be smelt, seen, touched. It’s no surprise, looking back, that he called each of his grandkids ‘spud’. He would spend his holidays fixing our gardens, often hopping on the plane with the thoughtful giftContinue reading “The courage to plant roots”

International Women’s Day: #‎SheInspiresMe

Happy International Women’s Day! I love today, because it (and the days around it) are a chance to think about some of the great women we know as individuals and communities. It is necessary to highlight these women because gender inequality is still a problem that leads to some of most horrific abuse we knowContinue reading “International Women’s Day: #‎SheInspiresMe”

The solution to 50 Shades of Grey is a shouty Japanese man

Unless you’ve been hiking in the Himalayas recently, you are aware that 50 Shades of Grey is hitting our big screens this very day…just on time for Valentine’s Day. Clever, clever Universal. I was going to write about why I don’t think this is good news think this is TERRIBLE, but then my friend Natalie NAILED IT.Continue reading “The solution to 50 Shades of Grey is a shouty Japanese man”

WOMEN: DON’T BE SMALL

I was shopping with some birthday money a couple of weeks ago and came across something new. I knew sizes were getting smaller in UK shops from shopping online, but it wasn’t until I saw a nice sparkly top in Primark that I had a closer look and realised that instead of 8 being theContinue reading “WOMEN: DON’T BE SMALL”

Elliot Rodger & Gender Violence

This weekend, news broke of the deaths of 7 people in Isla Vista, California. One of these was thought to have killed the other 6 with 3 weapons.  It has emerged that the person who killed 4 men on his way to and 2 women in a sorority house associated with UCSB, was Elliot Rodger. AsContinue reading “Elliot Rodger & Gender Violence”

They have names.

Three weeks ago over 200 girls were abducted at school in Chibok by Boko Haram, a militant extremist group whose name means “Western education is a sin”. There are reports of some of the girls having died, others being ill, some trafficked to Chad or Cameroon. The latest report is that 276 are still missing.Continue reading “They have names.”

NUTS CLOSES DOWN

Lads’ mag Nuts is set to close after seeing its sales plunge by a third since being pulled from Co-operative supermarket stores. Last year thousands of us called on shops to ‘lose the lads’ mags’ – and the Co-operative’s subsequent action is testament to what’s possible when we speak out together. This is really good news.Continue reading “NUTS CLOSES DOWN”

#internationalwomensday inspiring change

Today I get to celebrate women at 3 International Women’s Day events with work. I’m just back from the first, and I’m still processing it – it was hugely inspiring. Belfast is known for its construction of the Titanic, and in recent years has opened the Titanic Centre, which tells the story of the shipContinue reading “#internationalwomensday inspiring change”