Women on the G20 promise: Phoebe Rison, programme manager for Christian Aid’s work in the Middle East

As part of getting more women’s voices out there in response to the G20’s promise to get 100 million more women into work by 2025, I spoke to Phoebe Rison, programme manager for Christian Aid’s work in the Middle East.

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How acting turned me into a feminist

(..and keeps reminding me why I am one)

Acting and sexism

Still from The Golden Goose by Margo Onnes

A couple of months ago I realised that I’d seen three great shows in the space of a couple of weeks without a female actor in them: My Night With Reg, Neville’s Island, True West (not counting the mother archetype who appears for maybe 5% of the play). They were good productions, True West in particular was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. What I wouldn’t do for a role like that of Austin….maybe even bind my chest (I’m reading Ali Smith’s How to be both)- but should I still have to think like that in 2015?

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Girls can’t be clowns!

Clown sexism

Can a girl be a clown?

One of my ‘resting’ jobs when I wasn’t acting used to be in kids’ entertainment, and I remember often being approached by the little girls when I was dressed as a clown. “Are you a girl?”, they would ask. “Yes,” I’d say. They would furrow their brows: “Girls can’t be clowns!” On a couple of occasions, they even looked around for my clown-husband to make sense of the fact that I was female, red-nosed and on the loose. Continue reading

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