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Women’s football: Tackling stereotypes by developing talent

[ad_1] Image copyright IFA Image caption The Irish Football Association says there are about 4,500 women and girls playing football in Northern Ireland It is more than 100 years since the earliest recorded international women's football match.That match was held in Belfast on Boxing Day 1917 when Tyneside Girls beat Irish Girls 4-1 at Grosvenor Park.It's a match consigned to, and it seems mostly forgotten by, the annals of the

Meet the women helping fill Russia’s rural healthcare gap

[ad_1] In vast, sprawling Russia, many people still live in small villages far from the nearest medical clinic. The government has been busy "optimising" medical care, a euphemism for the closure of thousands of rural hospitals and clinics, to save cash. The situation has got worse in recent years, so now one region has taken matters into its own hands.Dozens of old people, mostly women, have been training as first-aiders

Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson join calls for more women film directors

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Stars such as Tessa Thompson, Brie Larson and Bryce Dallas Howard are among the names to lend their support to the #4percentchallenge.It's an online campaign to raise the number of major movies directed by women in Hollywood.According to figures shared by the Time's Up movement, only 4% of the top grossing 1,200 films made in the past decade we directed by a female.They're calling on

Could women solve the global pilot shortage?

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'The perception was women didn't fly aircraft'Claire Banks is about to fulfil her childhood dream of flying planes for a living.After almost a decade as a physiotherapist, her aviation career is now ready to take off.The 36-year-old from Lancashire in the north of England has just been offered a job as a pilot by UK carrier EasyJet, joining a small but

Women’s frozen eggs ‘should be stored for longer’

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Women who freeze their eggs should be allowed to keep them for longer than 10 years, fertility experts are telling the government.Legislation says frozen eggs must be destroyed after this time, unless a medical condition has left the woman prematurely infertile.Experts told the Victoria Derbyshire programme that the limit was arbitrary and had not kept up with technology.The government has said an extension "would

Women’s toilets an issue for West End theatres

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A survey of West End theatres has found there is an average of just one toilet for every 38 female audience members. The research by The Stage calculated that women would need a 57-minute interval to all visit the bathroom. The average interval is 20 minutes.The Old Vic had the fewest with one toilet for every 56 women. Many theatres struggle to increase the number
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Blackfishing: The women accused of pretending to be black

[ad_1] Image copyright Aga Brzostowska/Jaiden Gumbayana Image caption Aga Brzostowska and Jaiden Gumbayana have both been accused of blackfishing "I've had no surgery, so I can't take off these lips. I can't remove my 'fake bum implants'."Over the past month Aga Brzostowska has been labelled a "blackfish". It's a term used for someone accused of pretending to be black or mixed-race on social media. The suggestion Aga has been faking
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Street harassment ‘relentless’ for women and girls

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Women and girls across the UK face "relentless" harassment on the street and not enough is being done to stop it, MPs say.The politicians making up the Women and Equalities Committee looked into the issue for nine months and found the amount of harassment meant it became "normalised" for girls growing up.The MPs are now calling for the government to take action to tackle it.The

Liam Payne: ‘Time we treat women with more respect’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Liam Payne said women are linked to him just for "standing next to me" Liam Payne has said media reports linking him romantically with "every female member of my staff" are "demeaning" and need to stop.Linking to an online article, the singer tweeted: "Isn't it time we treat women with a bit more respect?"The newspaper story said Payne was photographed arriving at a

When women got pills for hysteria and advice to keep vaginas clean

[ad_1] A new exhibition by the Royal College of Nursing showcases a series of strange, sometimes disturbing objects used in women's healthcare. From pink pills to help women with so-called hysteria, to vaginal douches to keep them "clean", the historical displays show how gynaecology has often been dominated by superstition and ignorance. Marvel Whirling Spray vaginal douche, circa 1900 In the early 19th century, vaginal douching was popular. Douching is