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May 2017

The US President avoids pointing to Saudis’ human rights failings, By Naz Smyth

May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Human Rights|Tags: , |

“We are not here to tell other people how to live, what to do, who to be, or how to worship,” Trump declared Sunday. Trump's willingness to set aside human rights as a principal foreign policy has been one constant in his chaotic administration. Yet the absence of any public reference to the kingdom's treatment of women and political opponents during his two-day visit was still jarring, particularly when contrasted with his affectionate embrace of the royal family. The closest Trump came to acknowledging the human rights situation was a call for the region's leaders to stand together against “the oppression of women.” A White House official later said the president did raise women's rights in his private meetings with Saudi officials, and noted that [...]

Naz Smyth and Gender Wage Gap in UK Law Firms

May 16th, 2017|Categories: blog, womans' right|Tags: , |

Naz Smyth: Western society has evolved greatly when it comes to equality of the sexes. There was a time when women didn’t have the right to vote, or were discouraged from entering the workforce, or were receiving less pay than their male counterparts. Oh wait, the last one is a problem that still persists. Women today are still finding themselves receiving less pay than men in the same job with the same qualifications.  In industries across the spectrum, women are paid less than men. In the legal sector women are paid 30 percent less than men. Unlike the days of the past, however, women are making a stance. Naz continues that in December of 2016, film and television actress Emmy Rossum had made headlines in [...]

Naz Smyth: 10 top women who leave their mark on the world

May 4th, 2017|Categories: blog, womans' right|Tags: , , |

Naz Smyth: "Whatever their chosen field - from politics and popstardom to fashion and feminism - women have been leaving their mark on the world since time began. In celebration of these inspiring trailblazers - and to mark International Women's Day this week - we've selected our top 50 females who have affected life as we know it in their own personal way..." Millicent Fawcett     Millicent Fawcett: "A large part of the present anxiety to improve the education of girls and women is also due to the conviction that the political disabilities of women will not be maintained" An underrated leader of the suffrage movement, Fawcett dedicated her life to the peaceful fight for women's rights. Married to politician Henry Fawcett, [...]

Feminists Make History by Naz Smyth

May 4th, 2017|Categories: blog, womans' right|Tags: , , |

Feminists throughout history have turned the tides of change for the progress of equal rights of women. Historically, women have been tossed by the wayside. The progress that society has been has been attributed to the men, and especially women who have stood out in history to fight for women’s rights. The advancement of the welfare of females is attributed to those who advocated equal opportunity. Lastly, those fighters who broke gender stereotypes, said Naz Smyth. Naz Smyth continued: “History is Male; incidentally, it has had a way of being very gendered.” Unfortunately, historical literature has always come from the viewpoint of the male. Men have been at the forefront of history since the dawn of the written language. There are several reasons why: Firstly, [...]

Naz Smyth: Divorce and British courts

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |

Mrs Naz Smyth who came to Britain in 1969 when she was 19, told the judges that the money was a ”divorce settlement.” The equal rights fight for women is far from over. In United Kingdom, while most believe that the battle for feminism is over, the truth is far from that belief when UK courts treat women unfairly. Below is a story by Naz Smyth showing that in 2017 women are still experiencing gender inequality in the justice system in British High Courts. This is the story of Tini Owens, 65, who’s been attempting to seek a divorce from her husband but was overruled in court. Mrs. Owens claimed to have been “desperately unhappy” in her marriage. She claimed that she felt unloved by [...]

Naz Smyth UK Courts

May 2nd, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , |

The equal rights fight for women is far from over. In United Kingdom, while most believe that the battle for feminism is over, the truth is far from that belief when UK courts treat women unfairly. Below is a story by Naz Smyth showing that in 2017 women are still experiencing gender inequality in the justice system in British High Courts. This is the story of Tini Owens, 65, who’s been attempting to seek a divorce from her husband but was overruled in court. Mrs. Owens claimed to have been “desperately unhappy” in her marriage. She claimed that she felt unloved by the man she had been married to for 39 years, that he was insensitive to her in his manner and tone, and that [...]

April 2017

Naz Smyth on Hijab: To Ban or Not to Ban

April 22nd, 2017|Categories: blog, womans' right|Tags: , , , , |

As early as 2010, France has been in litigation over banning face coverings, wrote Naz Smyth on Hijab. That year, a law passed that face covering headgear such as masks, balaclavas, niqabs, and burkas were banned from the streets of France. Women would only wear full face veils if traveling in a private car or worshiping in a religious place. Arguments for the law say that it is unsafe to not be able to identify people with full face coverings, and that it is discriminating against women to for them to be forced to wear face coverings in public (New York Times). In 2016, shortly after the deadly Nice Attack, where a terrorist drove a semi-truck through a crowd on Bastille Day, tensions rose against [...]

Naz Smyth: From Educating Women to Fighting For Leadership Opportunities

April 22nd, 2017|Categories: blog, womans' right|Tags: , , , |

In this day and age, it is a sad truth to witness leadership roles and society’s ideals of female gender roles are not aligned. Leadership qualities are thought to be masculine, while those thought to follow are the feminine. Unfortunately, this outdated ideal is still in place in modern society in the United Kingdom, said Naz Smyth. Take, for example, learning institutions; equal amounts of men and women enter universities, though unfortunately we don’t see the same proportions of men and women don’t leading them. Presently, only one fifth of colleges in the United Kingdom are headed by a female vice chancellor. Another example of this is prevalent in CEO’s. Female CEO’s leads only ten percent of FTSE 100 companies. (The Guardian). Meanwhile, on the [...]

Fashion’s Haute Couture for Muslim Women by Naz Smyth

April 20th, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |

Naz Smyth writes As women we are responsible to continuously contribute to the cultural narrative, to speak up on exactly those subjects that limit our freedom said Naz Smyth. This is the moment when it finally feels less like I am pushing my way in, and more like I am finally being saved a seat at the table. Naz Smyth writes about fashion We still have a long journey ahead of us but be encouraged and hopeful knowing that we are a part of an industry that can shine a light on diversity during a time when women need it the most. We can play a part in helping shatter the glass ceiling that has oppressed women in many ways for years.

Naz Smyth: Pacific Pole Championships Brings Empowerment to Women

April 20th, 2017|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , |

Last weekend was the Pacific Pole Championships in Downtown Los Angeles, California. Hundreds of women of all shapes and sizes, of all levels of skill came out to either participate in the competition, or to rally on their friends competing, or simply just to watch the incredible competitors. Naz Smyth London, Pole Sport Organization Competitors Gain Self Confidence by Competing with their Age and Level a pole dancer for two years, competed in this last championship as a Level 3 Dramatic Senior. There are different levels and divisions based on age and skill. For Pole Sport Organization, Juniors cap out at age 29, Seniors starts at 30, and Masters start at 40, and Grand Masters start at age 50 (Pole Sport Organization). Other competitions, such [...]