GAZE is our women’s column by Irena Ioannou.
Also an accomplished poet, Irena uses this sensibility in her writing to subvert the way we see the world as well as giving us her perspective on being a woman in our modern world.
Irena Ioannou writes from Crete, Greece and her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Betty Fedora, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Mortar, OTV, and elsewhere. She is a mother of four.
Irena Ioannou on shedding baggage, self-care, and developing boundaries in middle age
Irena Ioannou on how creating a better and kinder society starts with empathy at home
Irena Ioannou on how poverty and hunger makes women vulnerable to prostitution
Irena Ioannou on women and financial independence and the need for financial clarity in a relationship
Irena Ioannou on the stereotypes, prejudices and thoughts that plague working mothers
Irena Ioannou on childhood dreams, new year’s resolutions, and letting go of responsibility
Irena Ioannou on her three ways to overwhelm a mother at Christmas
Irena Ioannou on how to talk to our kids about war, displacement, and child refugees
Irena Ioannou on family values, gender equality, and honesty before marriage
Irena Ioannou on female autonomy, true freedom, and why men obsess over women’s free time
Irena Ioannou on parenting her son to be a man and on the issues of violence and equality
Irena Ioannou on the dream of gender equality and the work that still needs to be done