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First Glimpses of Tender

Charity. Gender Equality. Women. Empowerment. Arts and crafts! My first two days at Tender have been full of these things. Babies. Women working together. Tea and biscuits galore. Vegan food. There might be many stereotypes that come to mind when we picture women working together for a non-for profit arts organisation, but I struggle to think of any that don’t incite a little smile. What’s not to love about a group of like-minded, empathetic, creative and kind women working together to fight for a cause that they are all passionate about.

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A response to ‘Cuttin’ It’ at the Young Vic

In Charlene James play Cuttin’ It hosted by Young Vic shares with us the seriousness of female genital mutilation and complications faced between this ancient practice and the reparations of this harmful matter through the experience of two 15-year-old Somalian school girls.

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'Firebird' Review

In February/March, Trafalgar Studios hosted a production called 'Firebird' by Phil Davies.
Produced by Tim Johanson and Hampstead Theatre Productions in assocation with The Children's Society, the show dealt with the awful and complex topic of child sexual exploitation, and played alongside the Children's Society's #SeriouslyAwkward campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the issue.

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Revenge Pornography - Our Youth Board speaks out

Today, the BBC released the findings of an investigation into revenge pornography which show that victims as young as 11 have been targeted. Here are some thoughts from our Youth Ambassador Hannah-Lily Lanyon.

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Catcalling

Written by Tender Youth Board member Liana
Catcalling genuinely makes my blood boil.

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A member of Tender's Youth Board shares their views of the New Year's Eve Cologne attacks and their aftermath

For many, New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration, where friends and family come together to commemorate the passing of a year and ultimately fumble into the next.

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Gender Inequality in the UK - The Pay Gap

Whether you are Rebecca, Mary or Suzanne, it is frightening to say that you have diminishing chances to be in the top jobs in the UK in comparison with Mark, John and Nick.

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Lad Culture During Freshers

For many, Freshers is a time to celebrate; it brings together strangers in a totally new environment, allows for independent living and all this whilst drinking yourself silly and wearing outrageous fancy dress (minus the thought of waking up at the crack of dawn in last nights clothes with a mouth full of beer-breath and regret for a 10AM lecture).

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The Problem With Safety Online

Apps and social media websites are places where stalking, harassment and abuse run rampant.

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My First Day at Tender

Since hearing of Tender almost three years ago I have been a member of the Tender youth board, helped with fundraising, projects, events and trained with Tender as one of their peer mentors and youth facilitators. However, never before have I volunteered in the office for an extended period of time...until now!

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International Day of the Girl Child

October the 11th is International Day of the Girl Child; a chance for us to celebrate the power of young girls and work on ways to improve the prospects of young girls around the world.

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Till It Happens To You

This week Lady Gaga released a powerful video about sexual assault in Universities. The song was written for the documentary called “The Hunting Ground.” The video shows graphic situations of sexual assault committed against women in various situations.
Interview with Louise O’Neill

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Interview with Louise O’Neill

Rape, consent and victim blaming are terms that are talked about but are often misunderstood. In her new novel, ‘Asking For It,’ Louise O’Neill tackles these issues. She challenges the “two myths that [are] very dangerous in our culture; that of the perfect rape and that of the perfect victim.”
Tender: First Impressions

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Tender: First Impressions

My interest in domestic abuse and its prevention began a few years ago when I trained to become a listener for a suicide helpline. It wasn’t long before clear patterns began to emerge, with many different forms of abuse discussed in almost every call.

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An Interview With Our Youth Board

“I got involved with the Tender Youth Board because the subject of healthy versus unhealthy relationships is something that affects everyone my age, so I can personally see the need for, and the brilliant effect of, Tender’s work. I love how Tender actively tries to prevent the issue in a way that immediately helps change lives, and it’s amazing to feel like a proper part of that at the Youth Board.” -Hannah Lily Lanyon - Youth Ambassador and Youth Board member since 2011

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Sex and Relationships Education in Schools

Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) has been an element of the National Curriculum for UK schools since 2000, yet only some aspects are compulsory: sex and relationships education (SRE) is not a necessary requirement, should this be the case?

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Bridging The Gap

Every week, 2 women in England and Wales are killed by a current or former partner (Office of National Statistics, 2015) - 1 every 3 days. This means over 100 women a year. Let that sink in for a minute.

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‘No More Page3’ vs ‘Free the Nipple’

After the success of the ‘No More Page 3’ campaign earlier this year, we are a step closer to diminishing the sexual objectification of the female body in the UK. Over the Atlantic, a similar battle has commenced, but from the outside it looks like a contradictory cause.

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Carter Reynolds and the Dark Side of Twitter

The social media obsession of today’s youth has created a vast network of teenage celebrities whose private lives are at the forefront of entertainment news. This can be a dark road for those who do not treat it with respect, as vine star, Carter Reynolds, has recently learned.

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Changes in Attitude. 'It Will Never Be Me'

All over the News and monthly 30minute Crime Watch shows In Britain we hear about domestic violence and abuse cases, typically towards younger women - as low as the ages of 13- who are vulnerable and think that controlling attitudes in relationships are of the norm or are trapped and cannot escape it.
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