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.
Following the riots in 2011, the UK government
pledged to treat violence as a health issue. Niki Seth-Smith reports on a
project that is doing just that, while millions are wasted in public money on
surveillance, enforcement and gang crime.
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
hommage à la détermination de gens comme le producteur Algérien Aziz Smati, qui
était victime d’un attentat il y a exactement 20 ans, il nous faut soutenir
tous ceux qui opposent des chansons aux ceinture d’explosifs et luttent par l’art
contre l’intégrisme, écrit Karima Bennoune
The challenge that
embracing shame poses to the longstanding perversion of honour, is the struggle
for women’s human rights - the
realisation of which will result in the entire community’s advancement and healing.
Demonstrations have spread rapidly across
Bosnia, with citizens organizing popular assemblies to voice their frustration
with the country’s institutional paralysis.
Through the adamantly non-ethnic nature of the demonstrations, the
protesters are taking aim at the entire political elite. Valerie Hopkins reports from Sarajevo.
Why is the UK
government boycotting a key multilateral conference on the humanitarian impacts
of nuclear weapons? Rebecca Johnson analyses the implications for British nuclear policy as
governments and civil society convene in Mexico to take forward a new humanitarian
On the fifth day of ongoing demonstrations in Sarajevo, a routine is establishing itself and there is a feeling of something new in the landscape of Dayton-constitution Bosnian purgatory – citizens are breaking up with their fears.
A women’s group on the
northern coast of Spain devised a plan to fill a train full of protestors
against Government proposals to reform the abortion law by destroying a woman’s
right to decide. “El Tren de la Libertad” -
destination Madrid - was the result. Liz Cooper
got on board at Valladolid.
1995-2000, 300,000 women in Peru, mostly poor indigenous
peasants who did not speak Spanish, were forcibly sterilized by the Fujimori
government. The Peruvian feminist
movement has been trying to bring Fujimori and his officials to trial for this
crime against humanity ever since. Last month the
case was thrown out for a second time.
The January 25th uprising offered Egypt the opportunity to become a role model for peaceful transition in the region and beyond. But with the hijack of the will of the people almost completed, Egypt is moving further away from realising democracy.
Yiannis Baboulias went along to the Being a Man conference, hoping
to explore how men who don’t want to partake in the oppressive status-quo of
patriarchy, could proudly declare “not in our name", but he came away asking how
men may uproot it if they are unable to articulate it.
Israel/Palestine, former combatants are using the Theatre of the Oppressed to
move towards an end to the occupation. Recently London theatre group Cardboard Citizens invited a former Israeli officer to
share his experience of making theatre for peace.
blind to the reasons why threatened minorities and activists are forced to flee
hostile regimes, treating those who
seek asylum with hostility and disdain. We must recognise the bravery of those who want for their country the
freedoms we take for granted.
censorship, which takes many forms, can be seen in attempts to stifle women’s
public voice - from the suppression of Taslima Nasrin’s series for Indian TV to
death and rape threats against US feminist bloggers
The reasons why up to 500,000 people in the UK need
emergency food aid are inherently gendered.
Low pay, the rise in food prices, and punitive welfare reforms work in
tandem with regressive Tory gender policies to push women and the poor to the