Evelyn is joyful and nurturing. She is the type of woman that instantly makes you feel comfortable in her presence, as if she has been your close friend for years. I have known Evelyn for a while as she works as a live in nanny for a good friend of mine, Jess. Every time I see her, she gives me a big cuddle and mothers me like she does William, her 2 year old charge.
Design thinking is the bridge between great ideas and the outcome of those great ideas - efficiently. It simply is the launchpad to turn ideas on paper into reality. Design thinking helps in the process of questioning: questioning the problem, questioning the assumptions, and questioning the implications. Henna Khan and Meera Rathod decided to stretch the applications of Design Thinking to deliver better socio-economic solutions for social change.
Part 2: I still regularly encounter articles heralding the advent of social media in MENA; including proclamations that it will enable the “unshackling” of women in these countries… does this empowerment really extend beyond the realms of the social media sites themselves?
Part 1: In the developed world, we often see Africa depicted through a series of reductive clichés - war-torn, resource-deprived, poverty-stricken, disease-ridden. We are encouraged by the media to think of a homogenous landscape of desperation; rather than a continent with as much political, social and cultural diversity as any other.
As the average woman ascends the leadership ranks, she will find herself incumbered by the need to compromise; to make her ascent to power palatable in spite of the gender hierarchy. Many of us will already of heard of the “glass cliff”…Comparatively, research into the challenges faced by women of colour in leadership roles is distinctly lacking.
The role of a caregiver can be physically, emotionally and financially draining, but does anyone care? In India, family members are the natural caregivers for persons with mental or physical illnesses as there are extremely limited alternative facilities and family members are preferred for caring. Caregivers can be spouses, adult children, parents, other relatives…
Historically, we have been bad at discussing mental health. Mainstream media reporting was sparse, perfunctory or even downright compassionless….However, whilst is true that 75% of deaths from suicide in Australia are male; suicidality is not an exclusively male epidemic: Women are three times more likely to attempt suicide than men.
My sister had only been menstruating for two years before she began complaining about horrendous stomach pain…At school, we were taught that stomach cramps were always temporary, and could be “cured” with Panadol and stretching. I can still remember the precise moment when I realised that was all bullsh*t…
Menopause (usually) signifies the end of a woman’s fertility, which has somehow translated to women being somewhat invisible post-menopause. In the past couple of years there has been an influx of opinion pieces on the topic of post-menopausal invisibility. Real women tell stories of being ignored at work, and dismissed in conversations with their children.
Often touted as the ‘masochist’s marathon’ and one of the hardest ultramarathons in the world, the Barkley Marathons is a series of five loops totalling 100 miles (approximately 160 kilometres) through Frozen Head State Park in Tennessee, USA. Since it’s commencement in 1986, more than 1 000 people have attempted to complete the annual race – but only 15 have done so successfully…