Engaging Men – From Nangarhar to Hollywood

This blog was co-authored by Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director Women for Women International- UK and Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO 20-first If we can change the hearts and actions of men in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, surely it’s time for discriminatory and predatory norms in boardrooms and homes across the West to change as well. “All decisions should be ...

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Remembering Srebrenica: We Must All Challenge Intolerance Where We See It

We’re lucky in the UK. From traveling around Europe and the world, I’ve always felt the UK is one of the most cohesive countries on the planet. We lead our lives, for the most part, sheltered from the most extreme forms of intolerance. Safe in our homes we see horrific acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing play out in the ...

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On Me Too

Question: when you look back at October 16th 2017, what will you remember? The reports of the American president ribbing his VP’s attitude to LGBT folk, by saying, “Don’t ask that guy: he wants to hang ’em all;” if in London, a blood red sun in a St John the Divine sky; in San Francisco, the thickening of forest fire ...

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Why Sexual Harassment Is No Laughing Matter

Sometimes it takes a defining moment for things to change. For beliefs and attitudes that were once accepted to become unaccepted. For blind eyes to start seeing. For some, the moment when sexual harassment in the workplace became unacceptable is when the serial offences committed by Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood movie producer, were laid bare in the New York Times ...

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Care Providers Should Share Ownership With Employees To Survive The Staff Shortage Crisis

Earlier this year headlines reported that 900 carers leave their jobs every day. National Care Forum statistics show that 48% of recruits working in Domiciliary Care leave in under 12 months and 68% in under 2 years. The statistics paint a picture of a dissatisfied and dis-engaged workforce in crisis, which is a major factor in driving poor quality care, ...

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When Flying, Is Taking Off Really More Dangerous Than Landing?

Is taking off more dangerous than landing? originally appeared on Quora – the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Tom Farrier, Retired US Air Force command pilot; Current aviation safety contractor for the government: Landing is generally considered quite a bit more hazardous (and requires a bit ...

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#MeToo

It’s one of those social media trends – the #MeToo hashtag began when women were asked to share if they had ever been sexually assaulted or harassed. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, the trend exists to show just how widespread such harassment can be. Late on Monday night, I decided to post a ‘#MeToo’ on Facebook. I ...

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#MeToo: It's Complicated

Yesterday, I posted #MeToo along with thousands of other women. This was a simple choice insofar as it was true to my experience, an act of feminist solidarity, and an expression of support for the stated aim of showing the “magnitude of the problem”. But it was also a complicated choice, fraught with questions of difference. These questions are political, ...

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Australian Attorney General George Brandis Mispronounces Colleagues' Name, Gets Branded 'Brand-Arse'

Australia’s Attorney General has been schooled in etiquette – and grammar – after having his surname reportedly pronounced “Brand-arse” after he refused to correctly say his colleague’s name. George Brandis has been repeatedly criticised for failing to say Richard Di Natale’s surname properly. George Brandis has called Richard Di Natale “Di Na-tar-lay” for some time RDN asks him to pronounce ...

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Redcar SSI site regeneration plan 'may create 20,000 jobs'

Up to 20,000 jobs could be created under 25-year plans for the area around the former SSI steel plant in Redcar. Almost 170 years of steel making ended on Teesside in October 2015 when the firm collapsed, with the loss of more than 4,000 jobs. Now, those behind the South Tees Development Corporation (STDC) draft proposal hope it will result ...

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