Mapping the gender gap

The World Gender Gap Report 2014 has been released today. Here's a very nifty map of the report showing where the biggest disparities exist and also mapping progress over time using the slider.  Rwanda (my area of interest in this regard) comes one step ahead of Ireland due to its enormous success in involving women in [...]

Rwanda… 20 years on

Today is UN Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide. The country’s President Paul Kagame has just completed a European tour, including a visit to Aras an Uachtarain last week. While in Ireland, he donated €50,000 to help build a robot for Cork’s Joanne O’Riordan. When Kagame’s RPF ended the genocide by invading [...]

The Rwandan genocide

As the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide approaches, the country’s President Paul Kagame is on a tour of Europe commemorating what is known as Kwibuka 20.   Since 1994, Rwanda has been synonymous with genocide. In a planned action which began 20 years ago this month, approximately 800,000 Rwandan Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred [...]

The secret to man flu is milking it – but what's wrong with that?

Man flu, it turns out, is real. Again. (Apologies, ladies, for the choruses of “I told you so”, to which you are now being subjected). A study at the University of Durham has found that due to their testosterone levels, men’s brains react differently to fever. High testosterone means men’s brains have more temperature receptors, meaning [...]

2018-12-01T09:57:17+00:00 January 18th, 2014|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |

Can weddings be feminist?

On yesterday's RTE Today show (which you can watch at the link), I asked: Can weddings be feminist? So many of the traditional symbols around the big day are inherently patriarchal that it can be hard to see beyond them. A white dress symbolising virginity; a diamond ring to say you're taken; being 'given away' like [...]

2018-01-09T14:31:15+00:00 November 13th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |

Workplace fashion disasters

  We’ve all been there. The skirt that split halfway through the working day. The blouse you only realised was see-through when colleagues fidgeted when addressing you. The boots you finally twigged weren’t a pair when a client kept their eyes to the floor for the entire way meeting. Even in workplaces without a formal dress [...]

2018-01-09T16:24:00+00:00 October 31st, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |

Malala Yousafzai's speech, on being awarded the Tipperary Peace Prize

This is the full transcript of Malala Yousafzai's speech when she was awarded the Tipperary Peace Prize in Limerick Junction a couple of weeks ago. My 'First Person' piece on her, taken from this, is in today's Sunday Business Post. Khalil Gibran says: ‘Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which [...]

2013-09-08T20:50:05+00:00 September 8th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |

No Mater what…

This piece is from last week's Cork Independent and also appeared in the Herald - my thoughts on Fr Kevin Doran's 'ethos' comments in relation to the Mater and whether it will obey the provisions of the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act. http://corkindependent.com/20130808/news/no-mater-what-S70357.html

2013-08-12T11:38:12+00:00 August 12th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Rwanda’s women get ahead, while Ireland prepares for quotas

Mary Lou McDonald had to fight for maternity leave from the Dail - there is currently no provision for this. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I wrote this piece in March after a trip to Rwanda to meet women politicians there, and after spending about four months shadowing and interviewing women politicians in Ireland. I just [...]

The Dail has a history of sordid sexism – and without more women, it's not going to change

I wrote this piece for the Herald on Thursday as "lapgate" began spreading on social media. The reason I'm posting it here as well is this article by Stephen Collins in today's Irish Times. Collins is right on Dail reform but he is utterly out of step on this issue; an incident of sexual harassment in [...]

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