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
Women who have survived acid attacks are speaking out and
refusing to have their identity destroyed. Samira Shackle spoke to some of the
survivors in Islamabad who are campaigning to strengthen legislation against
this most brutal form of gender based violence.
UK universities appear to be elevating the right to
manifest religion and religious freedom over other rights, including freedom of
expression and gender equality. Students need to resist this tide of
religious privilege in the interests of a secular and progressive university
education, says Radha
and unshared care work perpetuates women’s poverty, political marginalization
and social subordination. The distribution of care is not natural or
inevitable, but rather socially constructed and in our power to change, says
Kenya’s Constitution permits access to safe abortion, yet
Kenyan women still resort to unsafe methods of termination with countless women
dying as a consequence. Saoyo Tabitha Griffith analyses what the Kenyan
government needs to do to affirm women’s rights to life and health.
By ignoring expressions of people power in the Egyptian constitutional referendum, some western
political commentators and the media are showing a disconnect with the pulse of
the citizenry and engaging in a dangerous politics of omission, argues Mariz
Reading the 2012 and
2013 Egyptian constitutions together is less a tale of successive steps towards
constitutional democracy and more an illustration of how the revolution was
lost in two successive jolts – first Morsi’s Islamism without legitimacy, and
then the violent militarism that accompanied Morsi’s removal from power.