After a week of riots and disorder, I'm not suggesting that these are the most important topics in the news, just things that resonate with the aims of Sophia. Some people have expressed surprise that there were girls involved in the rioting - but it's not the first time and sadly it won't be the last.
- One World Action is an international development agency that focuses on democracy, governance, social inclusion and gender, promoting women's rights in some of the poorest communities in the world. Sadly they will be closing in the autumn due to a lack of funding, but one of their final projects is 'One Hundred Women: The unseen powerful women who change the world'. They want you to nominate 'women who might not be in conventional positions of power but who use their resources creatively to challenge, question and change their lives and the lives of those around them'. You can nominate people on their blog, and see who has already been nominated.
- The Royal Navy has appointed the first woman warship commander in their 500 year history. Lieutenant Commander Sarah West will take command of HMS Portland in April 2012. The ban on women in the Navy was lifted in 1990, and West joined five years after that showing 'leadership, confidence, moral courage, sound judgment and excellent people skills' throughout her career. More on the BBC website and in the Guardian.
- Carl Beech from Christian Vision for Men has blogged some interesting thoughts recently on what it means to be a real man - here and here. He says, 'I believe there is no one-way of being a man. Portraying stereotypes is unhelpful and shallow. Human beings are far more complex than any stereotype. People hear my accent and see my build and assume I’m into everything that’s macho and despise anything that looks weak or wimpy. Assumption is the mother of all catastrophe. I play piano, write poems and don’t like football. I also love to cook and don’t mind watching a chick flick with the girls. However, it is true I also love gadgets, shooting stuff, meat, fire and loud music. Big deal. I have testosterone. Some of my mates who also of course have testosterone like none of these things. Big deal. Lets get on with the real task in hand. Millions are dying without Christ. We need all our talents, eccentricities and personalities on task.'