Gender Equality & Ghana

Posted on August 11th, 2014 by

Regular readers will know that I am an enthusiastic supporter of the charity WomanKind.  We also have plans to deliver RenewYou to women in Ghana (on hold temporarily but not forgotten) so I was thrilled to read this recently in their regular updates: Progress in Ghana Towards Affirmative Action and Women’s Leadership Programmes Manager, Catherine Klirodotakou, has just returned from a visit to Ghana where she met with our partners, Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre (Gender Centre) and

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Jackie Ballard – Inspirational Woman

Posted on April 29th, 2013 by

I’m really pleased to be talking with Jackie Ballard. I first heard about Jackie when she was a  Member of Parliament representing the Liberal Democrat party; she is now the Chief Executive of my favourite charity, WomanKind. I think there lurks a story in how she got from one to the other… Jane: Jackie, thank you for talking with us today. I’m particularly pleased as I am a supporter of the work of WomanKind; it’s good to be multi tasking

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Are You Asking For It?

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by

I’ve been reading with some sadness about the comments the actor Dennis Waterman has made on hitting his ex-wife Rula Lenska (article here). According to the media Waterman (an actor I confess to previously having a soft spot for since he starred as Just William many decades ago) says he was violent because he had struggled to win arguments with his ‘strong, intelligent‘ wife. He later added ‘It’s not hard for a woman to make a man hit her‘. In other words,

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Help Yourself and Help Women Everywhere!

Posted on November 20th, 2011 by

How would you like to make a contribution to help women in need of some support, and also get something that will help you? If you’re a regular visitor you’ll know this blog supports Womankind. This is just a taste of what they do below so you can see why I hold them in high esteem: We help women achieve change: 1.    We help courageous individuals to challenge violence and discrimination In some countries, this could involve accompanying a girl to a

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WomanKind Needs Your Support

Posted on November 15th, 2011 by

There was a horrific and terribly moving story on BBC Radio 4 this morning about a young Afghan girl who was given away by her family to atone for a wrong. As she was their property she was theirs to do with as they wished and became the property of the new family. Said her new ‘family’: “It’s ok if she dies, she’s been given to us” She was 6 years old. At 12 years old she was married to

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Me, Women, & Prisons

Posted on February 23rd, 2011 by

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you may have noticed that I’ve been quite doing a bit of reflection lately (here, for example). It’s always good to take a bit of time out now and again to think about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it! One of the issues I wanted to pay attention to was that part of what I do which is not about actually earning an income.Obviously I couldn’t stop doing that, nor

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