Youth-led mobilisation has mocked and
exposed patriarchal power by unmasking its politics of social control. Are we
on the threshold of a new politics of gender creating cross-gender alliances
around struggles against autocracy?
The emphasis in Martha
Nussbaum’s work on the importance of the emotions in moral philosophy also
posits that story-telling plays a central role in expanding our empathy and as
such is a necessary part of a just society.
Every generation of little girls
and women needs
to learn its past so that it can imagine a future in which gender
equality is the norm and not the exception. As part of openDemocracy's International Women's Day series, Ruth Rosen
argues that it is still necessary to have a token month every year
devoted to women's lives
There are patriarchal reasons why
women are disproportionately made to suffer in wars. It should not be
surprising that women are disproportionately active in resisting and
challenging violence, wars and armed oppression, says Rebecca Johnson.
What happened to the aspirations of Tamil women in the
national liberation struggle which lasted nearly 30 years? Rahila Gupta covered the conflict in the mid-80s, and reflects on the situation today when the war appears to be decisively over, but the post-war reality remains
as harrowing as ever, particularly for women.
The death of Reeva Steenkamp has highlighted the problematic
way in which the media treat the issue of domestic violence. We need a
better way to transmit and therefore tackle the reality – how violence is built
into our lives and how space is gendered, says Heather McRobie.
The UK’s second largest immigration detention centre is about to open in
Weymouth. Jennifer Allsopp reports on local responses to the imminent presence
of hundreds of foreigners, locked up off the coast of this small and friendly town.
In the Bosnian protests of the last months,
the global scenario of police brutality has been re-enacted, with local
specifics. And the violence of the
police is itself a symptom of the failure of the current Bosnian political
How are African feminist activists navigating
the potential and the power dynamics of communication in the digital age?
Jennifer Radloff surveys the field in her introduction to Feminist Africa’s latest edition,
“e-spaces : e-politics”.
This month oD 50.50's platform Our Africa
launches a special collaboration with Africa’s leading gender studies journal Feminist Africa.
Series editors Jessica Horn and Simidele Dosekun explain the thinking
Bosnian women live
with the malign consequences of a peace agreement engineered by internationals
between male war leaders. Syrian peace negotiations are heading the same way.
Recently Syrian women met with Bosnian counterparts to strategize for a peace
that delivers on the interests of women and civil society.
The experience of female asylum seekers is distinct to their gender, particularly when survivors of
rape and torture, perpetrated by male state officials, are imprisoned and
guarded by men here in the UK. Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi reports on the campaign to set them
Last December, a
small group of volunteers organised a production of ‘Trojan Women’ with female Syrian
refugees now living in Jordan. Heather
McRobie speaks to two of the organisers about how art speaks to those who have
survived conflict, and the significance of ‘Trojan Women’ in a modern context
of women’s experiences of war.
As Egypt’s military-backed regime moves to further
consolidate its power, no spheres of civil society are free of state
encroachment. Leila Zaki Chakravarti
analyses the intricate
relationships between football, religion and politics in the settling of political scores in post-revolutionary Egypt.
The Nayarit conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear
weapons demonstrated beyond doubt that
preventing nuclear catastrophe is the responsibility and right of all. As Austria picks up the baton, the challenge will be to move forward in a process that
is open to all and blockable by none
Does the new criminal procedure code in Afghanistan really signal the
definitive demise of all efforts to curb violence against women? An accurate reading of the law, and a more
nuanced understanding of post-NATO developments and their impact on women’s
rights tells a different story.
this land, rights are determined by being part of an ethnic tribe, not the
human tribe’. In interview with Zina Smith, activist David Sheen argues that
recent protests by African asylum seekers hold a mirror up to Israel.
The new Affordable Care Act
(Obamacare) requires all health plans to pay for contraception. Some religious
organizations and corporations are so angry that they have taken their case to
the US Supreme Court.
In the aftermath of the recent rulings in India
re-criminalising homosexuality, Poonam Joshi reports on the critical role that
grassroots LGBTI activists play in building public support for LGBTI rights in
honour of the determination of people like Algerian TV producer, Aziz Smati, who was shot exactly twenty years ago today, we must
support all those who wield song against suicide belt, and wage art against
fundamentalism, writes Karima Bennoune