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Global shortfall of nearly 1m midwives due to failure to value role, study finds

Investing in midwifery could prevent two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, but investment and training are urgently neededThe world is facing a shortage of 900,000 midwives, with more than half the shortfall in Africa, where nearly two-thirds of maternal deaths occur, according to a new survey.Insufficient resources and a failure to recognise the importance of the role mean there has been little progress since the last study in 2014, according to the State of the World’s Midwifery report, w...
Tags: Health, Politics, Africa, Women, Society, World news, Public services policy, Global development, Health policy, World Health Organization, Reproductive Rights, Midwifery, Maternal mortality, Maternal health, Global Health, Women's rights and gender equality


Tracing our past: six timelines that tell the story of the Guardian

Track how the Guardian goes from a regional weekly to a global media organisation, as the world it is reporting on transforms immeasurably too Continue reading...
Tags: Media, Women, World news, Newspapers & magazines, National newspapers, Newspapers, Culture, Feminism, Heritage, The Guardian, Women in journalism


The best breathable, sun-protective women's running gear for summer

Quality, sweat-wicking gear is crucial for keeping you dry, comfortable, and safe on summer runs. Here are our favorite running shirts, shorts, socks, hydration belts, running sunglasses, and more. See more stories on Insider's business page. Running is one of the cheapest, most accessible ways to boost your cardio fitness, improve your overall health, and enjoy the mental benefits of exercise. And while all you truly need is a quality pair of running shoes, having comfortable, functional g...
Tags: Reviews, Outdoors, Fitness, Women, Summer, Trends, Nike, Features, Running, Smith, Don, Brooks, Northeastern United States, Sun Protection, Rockay, Kylie Joyner


Under the Pavement Lies the Strand: Berliners build a feminist future

Part of the New German Cinema boom, Helma Sanders-Brahms’ 1975 film about two actors asks if theatre still has revolutionary potentialThe stage on screen: more films about theatreGrischa Huber, the magnetic German star who died this year aged 76, became a feminist icon in European cinema with one of her first features. She was an established stage performer by the time she was cast by director Helma Sanders-Brahms as a politically engaged theatre actor in the film Unter dem Pflaster ist der Stra...
Tags: Health, Europe, Film, France, Germany, Women, Theatre, Society, World news, Culture, Feminism, Stage, Abortion, World cinema, Huber, Grischa


Word of the week: Cheugy

They finally did it. They made “fetch” happen. OK, not “fetch,” exactly. The thing that’s been made to happen is a made-up word: cheugy. As with “fetch,” though, the word’s inventor was a high school girl, and the people spreading, defining, and discussing it are young women. Unlike “fetch,” which in the 1997 film Mean Girls was supposed to mean “cool” or “desirable,” cheugy is the opposite: out of date, trying too hard, inauthentic. Taylor Lorenz wrote about cheugy for the New York Time...
Tags: Mississippi, Women, Los Angeles, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Linguistics, Louisiana, Neologisms, Slang, Lorenz, Cain, Emily Nussbaum, Word of The Week, Nancy Friedman, Shelby Foote, Taylor Lorenz


Could you wear a dress for 100 days?

When Emma Beddington took part in a challenge to wear the same dress for 100 days, she wasn’t expecting to feel the positive force of sisterhood alongside a few neat cleaning hacksCould you wear the same thing for 100 days? I could, because I don’t care about clothes. I do not like how they look on me, a 46-year-old woman whose hobbies are cake and sitting still, so I stick to navy or green trousers in summer and black trousers in winter, coupled with plain tops and jumpers. I suppose that could...
Tags: Fashion, Environment, Women, Life and style, Silicon Valley, Zuckerberg, Emma Beddington


The dancehall divas who set the pace in Egypt’s roaring 20s

Midnight in Cairo tells how the city’s vibrant nightlife was driven by female cabaret entertainers and club entrepreneursThe birth of the women’s movement in Egypt is not usually associated with music hall singers, dancers and actresses. But it was on the stages of theatres and nightclubs in Cairo, in the roaring 20s, that early feminists first asserted themselves, a new book will argue.The capital’s biggest stars were independent, transgressive Arabic-speaking women who, in the 1920s, were seek...
Tags: Women, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Cairo, Raphael Cormack


Biden urged to end US aid ‘abortion ban’

More than 140 rights groups call for repeal of 1973 Helms amendment widely misinterpreted as total ban on funding abortion services overseasJoe Biden is being urged to clarify a longstanding US law restricting overseas aid that has been misinterpreted by successive administrations as an outright ban on funding abortion for any reason.As the US president marked his first 100 days in office on Friday, more than 140 human rights and global health organisations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty...
Tags: Health, Women, US, Life and style, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Global development, Amnesty International, Abortion, Reproductive Rights, Biden, Helms, Women's rights and gender equality, Biden Administration


Billie Eilish: Your Power review – chilling ballad seeps under your skin

For the first single from her hugely anticipated second album, Eilish uses a disarmingly dreamy sound to confront a man preying on a young womanTo say that Billie Eilish’s forthcoming third album is eagerly-awaited is an understatement. It wasn’t just that 2019’s triple-Grammy winning When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was incredibly popular, although it was. Eilish was already a phenomenon among tweenage girls, but its commercial success – it went platinum or multi-platinum in 17 countrie...
Tags: Music, Women, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, James Bond, Sexual Harassment, Tyler The Creator, Pete Townshend, Rolling Stone Magazine, Billie Eilish, Eilish, Finneas


Get Ready For Blob Girl Summer

A detail of Sandro Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" on view at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. Franco Origlia/Getty Images The writer Talia Lavin reflects on emerging from our Covid quarantines with the same perceived flaws and insecurities as before. What if the coming season is less "Hot Vaxxed Girl Summer" and more "Blob Girl Summer"? See more stories on Insider's business page. As the petals drop to the pavement and shots slip into arms, we're rolling inexorably towa...
Tags: Gender, Japan, New York, Life, Women, Lifestyle, Trends, Walmart, Weight, Florence, Essay, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Tatcha, Penelope, Odysseus, Camellia Cleansing Oil


‘I am not my trauma’: survivors of sexual abuse at a Ugandan girls’ shelter – photo essay

German national Bernhard ‘Bery’ Glaser took advantage of his ‘rich white foreigner’ status to systematically abuse girls in his care. Photographer DeLovie Kwagala captured the stories of 15 womenEve was just eight years old and recently orphaned when she was taken to live at a girls’ shelter on Bugala island, in the Ugandan sector of Lake Victoria.Bery’s Place had been set up in 2006 by Bernhard “Bery” Glaser, a German national living in Uganda, as a refuge for traumatised children and victims ...
Tags: Human Rights, Children, Africa, Women, World news, Uganda, Global development, Glaser, Bernhard, Bery, Sexual Violence, Rape and sexual assault, DeLovie Kwagala, Bugala, Lake Victoria Bery 's Place


‘It’s about self-love’: the black women busting beauty myths in west Africa

From Senegal to Nigeria, a growing wave of salons and small cosmetic companies are challenging colonial notions about how to wear and care for hairWomen kick the sand from their slippers, and ease into the cool comfort of a natural hair and skincare store in central Dakar. On the shelves are jars filled with handmade supplements of organic shea butter, coconut, castor and olive oils, sourced from across west Africa.In floral silk hijabs and abaya dresses, the women sit on sofas near the back of ...
Tags: Nigeria, Africa, Women, Senegal, Life and style, World news, Global development, West Africa, Women's Hair, Dakar


The big squeeze: welcome to the pelvic floor revolution

There are books, podcasts, apps and devices devoted to it. But what’s behind this new obsession with a strong pelvic floor?If you want to know about the wonders of a healthy pelvic floor, you could do worse than look to Coco Berlin, who styles herself “Germany’s most famous belly dancer”. Berlin started belly dancing in 2002, but it wasn’t until a few years later, when she went to Egypt to study dancers there, that she wondered why they were so much better. She concluded they were seriously in t...
Tags: Fitness, Germany, Berlin, Women, Life and style, Egypt, Health & wellbeing, Women's Health, Coco Berlin


Solange Knowles with her hair clips in: Carlota Guerrero’s best photograph

‘This was used as the cover of A Seat at the Table. We left her clips in to show vulnerability – but she still wanted to have a strong gaze, to look people in the eye’Gallery: the style-setting photography of Carlota GuerreroIn 2016, Solange Knowles’s manager contacted me on Instagram, asking if I wanted to art direct her new album, A Seat at the Table. I was working in Barcelona at the time, and had no idea I had that type of reach. It was my first big international commission. Related: The ...
Tags: Photography, Music, Instagram, Women, Barcelona, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Solange Knowles, Carlota Guerrero


First female west coast Marines graduate at Camp Pendleton – in pictures

After Congress ordered the US Marine Corps to fully integrate women into its west coast training battalions, the first 53 female recruits have become Marines Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Gender, Congress, Women, World news, US news, US military, US Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton


‘Bras are a curse!’ How lockdown changed readers’ views of their breasts

A year since the pandemic started, women’s bodies and habits have changed. Here they discuss underwiring, sleep underwear, and how going bra-free helps with polymastiaI was a teen in the 70s and morphed into a feminist. I find bras hideously uncomfortable; I only started wearing one in 2018 when I went back to work and the lack of confidence that often besieges women over 60 made me too self-conscious to face the public bra-free. Lockdown has released me from the bra, and the job, and I doubt I’...
Tags: Fashion, Women, Life and style, Jackie, Lingerie, Midlands Continue


Challenges for Women in STEM Jobs

Anush Kadoyan, a Glendale Community College alumna, recently co-hosted an online event highlighting problems women face when going into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.  At GCC, she was part of the Scholars Program, the Capstone Program and the Robotics Club. She transferred to University of Southern California, where she participated in Women in Computing, Robotics courses, and Web Development courses. Kadoyan achieved her Bachelor’s in Computer Science and for three...
Tags: Women, Stem, Features, GCC, University Of Southern California, Glendale Community College, Associated Students of Glendale Community College, ASGCC, Robotics Club, Capstone Program, Collegiate News, Anush Kadoyan, Kadoyan, Ana Pineda Gonzalez


The tiny American towns passing anti-abortion rules

In last year, 23 Texas towns have declared themselves ‘sanctuary cities for the unborn’, making the procedural punishable, and in April, a Nebraska village became the 24th Over the last year of the pandemic, 23 tiny towns in Texas have approved local laws declaring themselves “sanctuary cities for the unborn”, passing ordinances to make the procedure punishable by a $2,000 fine.In April, the tiny village of Hayes Center, Nebraska, became the 24th, and the first outside Texas. Continue reading...
Tags: Texas, Women, World news, US news, Abortion, Nebraska, Hayes Center Nebraska


The 7 best places to buy women's sunglasses, and the 28 best shades to shop

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Ray-Ban Sunglasses double as a fun fashion statement and protective eyewear.Investing in a quality pair will be long-lasting and less prone to break, like cheaper options may.Below, see advice from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) on selecting effective, protective frames.Whether you're someone who believes in a wardrobe of shades, or you're a loyalist who wears the same pair every day...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Style, Women, Trends, Features, Sunglasses, Eyewear, Buying Guide, Tom Ford, Warby Parker, Ray, Shopbop, Delaney, Armour, Ray Ban


Bearing gifts: the camels bringing books to Pakistan’s poorest children

The mobile library services are an education lifeline for students in Balochistan, where schools have closed during the pandemic Sharatoon had wanted to continue her studies, but she had to leave school and her beloved books when she got married aged 15.Now 27, Sharatoon is happy reading again, as every Friday a camel visits her small town, his saddle panniers full of books. Continue reading...
Tags: Education, Women, World news, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, Global development, Literacy, Balochistan, Coronavirus, Sharatoon


Model’s ‘hands off my hijab’ post sparks protest over France’s proposed ban

Rawdah Mohamed, whose Instagram selfie went viral, says she wants to fight ‘deeply rooted stereotypes’A Somali-Norwegian model whose Instagram post criticising a proposed ban on the hijab in France went viral has said she wants to fight “deeply rooted stereotypes” against Muslim women.Rawdah Mohamed posted a selfie on Instagram with “hands off my hijab” written on her hand, starting a campaign that has been trending on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Media, Instagram, France, Religion, Women, Advertising, Life and style, World news, Feminism, Islam, Twitter Instagram, Rawdah Mohamed


What unconscious bias training gets wrong… and how to fix it

Companies may seek to dismantle prejudice among their employees – but psychologists question whether these courses effect lasting changeHere’s a fact that cannot be disputed: if your name is James or Emily, you will find it easier to get a job than someone called Tariq or Adeola. Between November 2016 and December 2017, researchers sent out fake CVs and cover letters for 3,200 positions. Despite demonstrating exactly the same qualifications and experience, the “applicants” with common Pakistani ...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Race, Women, Work & careers, Feminism, Discrimination at work, James, Emily, Tariq


He had an affair when I was at my lowest. Can I trust him again? | Dear Mariella

You’re at a major turning point in life so figure out what you want, says Mariella Frostrup. Don’t waste time digging for more dirtThe dilemma It’s the usual. He was unhappy, he didn’t feel wanted, blah, blah, blah… We’re in our mid-50s, not married and no children. Together for 16 years and friends for 18.He left me last year. I then discovered the affair, but he told me it started only three months before he left. After nine weeks apart we reconciled and he ended his relationship. I didn’t und...
Tags: Relationships, Women, Life and style, Mariella Frostrup, Mariella


The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women varies by race and ethnicity, according to a new analysis

Noam Galai/Getty Images From employment to food sufficiency, the pandemic has had devastating effects on women. 59.3% of Latinas lost income since March 2020 compared to 41.3% non-Hispanic white women, NWLC wrote. Latina and Black women also reported higher shares of food Insufficiency than white women did. See more stories on Insider's business page. Black and Latina women have been particularly hard-hit by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, experiencing higher rates...
Tags: News, Women, America, Trends, Economy, University Of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, National Women s Law Center, Brookings, Census Bureau, Latina, Institute for Women s Policy Research, Noam Galai Getty, Latina Black, NWLC, Coronaivrus


Hiring is rebounding in the US – but the ‘shecession’ persists

In March, 495,000 women entered the labor force, but the figures betray the harsher economic situation for Black women and many have dropped out altogetherWomen were hit hardest when the Covid-19 pandemic started taking its terrible toll on the job market. Last month there were promising gains for women in the workforce but it’s still too early to declare the end of the “shecession”.The pandemic’s arrival hit the women-dominated leisure, hospitality and retail industries first and hardest as the...
Tags: Business, Race, Women, US, Economics, US news, US income inequality, Inequality, Us Unemployment And Employment Statistics


Mona Eltahawy: ‘Feminism is not a T-shirt or a 9 to 5 job. It’s my existence’

One of the fiercest voices of Middle Eastern feminism, the author of The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls explains her mission to ‘destroy patriarchy’Every morning, Mona Eltahawy carefully lines her eyes in thick kohl. “It’s a ritual I gift to myself every morning,” explains the 53-year-old Egyptian author, journalist and feminist activist. “Holding that brush is like being a calligrapher, and I consider lining my eyes as a way of writing a love letter to myself. It’s a form of adornment...
Tags: Books, Religion, Women, World news, US news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Feminism, Islam, Montreal, Mona Eltahawy, Eltahawy, Aliaa Mahdy, Nadine Faraj Eltahawy


‘It reeked of hope and ambition’: 30 years of riot grrrl label Kill Rock Stars

Born in the Pacific north-west scene that produced grunge – but often in opposition to it – Kill Rock Stars pushed women to the front of the stage, and also gave Elliott Smith a platformIn 1991, something was brewing under the constant clouds of Olympia, Washington. Young people flocked there, DIY bands formed, fanzines were scrawled with fervour, and feminist politics galvanised young women. And a record label was founded to house it all.“Everyone was in a band, usually three,” remembers Tinuvi...
Tags: Music, Women, US, Life and style, Music Industry, Culture, Feminism, Pop and rock, Punk, Indie, Washington State, Seattle, Matthew, Sleater-kinney, Elliott Smith, Pacific North West


Rape victims in south Asia still face vaginal tests, report finds

Unscientific ‘morality’ examination linked to low conviction rates and violates women’s rights, says Equality NowPhysical vaginal tests are still used to determine whether women and girls have been raped in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, according to a new report.The practice remains widespread in all three countries and some courts refer to the test in judgments, despite it having no scientific basis and being banned in India. Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, Human Rights, Law, India, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Nepal, Global development, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India Nepal, Sexual Violence, Rape and sexual assault


Pills in the post: how Covid reopened the abortion wars

Lockdown revolutionised women’s access to home treatment – and strengthened the anti-abortion backlash Kay, 34, realised her period was late a month into Britain’s lockdown. The coronavirus death count was spiralling across the country. Covid-19 was putting the NHS under unprecedented strain and Boris Johnson had given the British people what he described as “a very simple instruction” in an address to the nation from Downing Street: “You must stay at home.”A worrying, unsettling time, and Kay, ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Women, Spain, Life and style, Society, World news, Britain, NHS, Poland, Abortion, Boris Johnson, Downing Street, Kay, Coronavirus


Killing of female polio vaccinators puts Afghan eradication campaign at risk

Rise in cases feared as murders halt campaigns and leave many women too afraid to workGul Meena Hotak was on her regular rounds, going door-to-door giving polio vaccinations in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, when she heard gunshots.The 22-year-old’s immediate concern was for the safety of her friend Negina and other colleagues nearby. “Negina and my supervisor were in a neighbourhood close by when a gunman approached and shot at them. My supervisor escaped with gunshot injuries, but Negin...
Tags: Health, Women, Society, World news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation, Polio, Jalalabad, Global Health, Hotak, Meena Hotak, Negina