Policy aiming to address
Turkey's real and persistent problem of gender inequality must be formulated in
consultation with feminists. Unfortunately, there is ample reason to doubt that
a government that refuses to name a problem can solve it, says Özlem Altıok.
The results of a referendum on the definition of
marriage in Croatia were disappointing for those who hoped EU accession
indicated a shift towards tolerance in the country. But a conservative-created wedge issue might
be the spark for progressive Croatians to push for more long-term change.
The U.S. Congress is fighting over how much to
cut food assistance to needy families. Everyone knows that women and their children are the poorest people in America, but strangely, the faces of women have disappeared from the debate
and have been absorbed into abstract “needy families.”
Gail Sherwood was raped three times by a stalker, forced to retract her allegations and sentenced to two years in prison. Lisa Longstaff argues that her case is one example of a police witch-hunt against women wrongly accused of lying about rape that is undermining 35 years of campaigning for justice
American politicians often talk as if human rights were only relevant in
other countries, but grassroots organisations are increasingly using the human rights framework to win social and economic rights for the poorest and most marginalised people in the US. Cathy Albisa, director of the National Economic and Social Rights Inititative, spoke to Meredith Tax
Patriarchy, militarism and neoliberalism have created a
matrix in which women and women’s rights can never flourish because none of
them place human values and human dignity at their core. Heather McRobie reflects on the conversations at the Nobel Women's Initiative conference in Belfast.
In its recent report on
sexual exploitation in street gangs, the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England is eloquent on the need for better
protection of girls. It lacks any policy recommendation for a conscious
remodelling of young masculinity.
of post-Arab spring violence against women down to a routine manifestation of
patriarchy and its allied misogyny in the societies concerned may unwittingly
shield power-holders from more searching scrutiny. What is at stake is no longer just women and their
bodies but the body politic itself, argues Deniz Kandiyoti.
Images of women and the brutal violence against them, whether committed by
the Army, Police, Muslim Brotherhood or thugs, are commodities that sell a certain shade
of patriarchy to the people, says Zainab Magdy.
In conversations with Karima Bennoune over the past two months, Tunisian intellectual Amel Grami shares her analysis of the political crisis in Tunisia during the rule of the Ennahda party, and the strategies needed to defeat fundamentalism.
Trafficking and sexual exploitation are an integral part of armed
conflict and its aftermath. Madeleine Rees argues that the lack of political
will and an interpretation of law that works in favour of perpetrators -
including those working
in international peace keeping institutions - must be addressed
It is not that ‘masculinity’ generates
war, as the question has been put, but rather that the process of
militarization both draws on and exaggerates the bipolarization of gender
identities in extremis, says Amina Mama
The old myths around rape persist. Many people still believe that 'serious' rape must be a violent attack. Now new voices are
entering the debate. They claim that legal and academic 'experts' are using rape myths to shut down discussion and subvert the law.
sites of mass protest in Cairo and stamping them with symbolic
representations of their preferred narrative of order and stability,
the military authorities are striving to relegate the revolution to the
past. Yet, these new cityscape makeovers continue to be
A new group of secular intellectuals in India argues that
the BJP’s real attitude towards women is based on a fascist communally-based
politics in which women are seen not as individuals with rights, but as bearers
of their community’s honour, to be protected or raped, depending who they are.
There was uproar in India at the
brutal gang rape of a 23 year old student on her way home from the cinema. Can
we harness the international attention to this case to demand that the world's
leaders commit themselves to a policy of zero tolerance of violence against
women in the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda?
A landmark decision by
the High Court in Kenya found that police inaction in dealing with rape cases
brought by 160 girls had created
a climate of impunity for defilement, which rendered the State indirectly
responsible for the harms inflicted on the girls by their rapists
Redressing the historical and structural male domination of
judicial systems requires that we consider the impact of gender on judges,
citizens, and the text of law itself. Reflections on the conversations at the ‘le
juge est une femme’ conference at the Université libre de Bruxelles.
only frightening to those who gain the most from oppression, to those who would
stifle the human spirit and hold the world in stasis. The rest of us really do
have nothing to lose and everything to gain". Finn Mackay speaking at the FiL Conference
Below the radar of the Geneva-2 peace talks, Bosnian and Syrian women are holding meetings to discuss the lessons that must be learnt from the failure of the Dayton Agreement. Madeleine Rees argues that without the voices of those who have the greatest stake in preserving peace in their countries, peace agreements don't work.