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.

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Irena Ioannou on debunking the job myths in tabloid headlines and fighting instead for a more equality society for workers

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Irena Ioannou on history of witchcraft and the oppression of women and the reproductive rights movement in Poland

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Irena Ioannou on lessons learned while navigating through the pandemic as a parent

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Irena Ioannou on why women need to rise in the ranks in all religions for a freer more equal world

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Irena Ioannou on the many ways that women are made feel guilty about food

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Irena Ioannou on the surprising life lessons and new perspective on the world brought on by lockdown

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Irena Ioannou on how quarantine imposed by the coronvirus is opening up a new way of being as a family

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Irena Ioannou on the intricacies of young love and valuable lessons of heartbreak

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Irena Ioannou on Megxit, the fallacy of fairytales and how even a prince may need saving

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Irena Ioannou on the myths about women and sports and how women need to embrace their physical and mental strengths

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Irena Ioannou on empowering the next generation of women and how it starts with how we raise our daughters

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Irena Ioannou on witches and women monsters and the real message behind girls’ Halloween costumes

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