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 the surprising life lessons and new perspective on the world brought on by lockdown
Irena Ioannou on how quarantine imposed by the coronvirus is opening up a new way of being as a family
Irena Ioannou on the intricacies of young love and valuable lessons of heartbreak
Irena Ioannou on Megxit, the fallacy of fairytales and how even a prince may need saving
Irena Ioannou on the myths about women and sports and how women need to embrace their physical and mental strengths
Irena Ioannou on empowering the next generation of women and how it starts with how we raise our daughters
Irena Ioannou on witches and women monsters and the real message behind girls’ Halloween costumes
Irena Ioannou on the myths and realities about sex after marriage and how to achieve the ‘happily ever after’
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