new campaign by the UK Government’s Home Office, This Is Abuse, is
a critical step to preventing violence against women and girls, but the Department
for Education’s failure to support it is baffling, says Holly Dustin
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.
If we are to have any chance of addressing
trafficking, Anne Gallagher argues that we should work towards the elimination
of labour recruitment fees; advocate for a global minimum wage; and look at
ways of criminalizing the knowing or reckless use of the services of a victim
As young girls, Saima and Linda were trafficked from Zimbabwe to London. It took them ten years to escape from forced prostitution and child labour. Yet Saima is exactly the kind of 'foreign criminal' the proposed UK Immigration Bill aims to deport. Is this what we want?
The introduction of the Destitution
Domestic Violence concession in 2012 giving some migrant victims access to public
funds was widely welcomed. However, while many have long waits for benefits,
others still do not have a safety net to escape violence.
Sexual bullying in the classroom rarely makes the headlines. But one in three 16-18 year old girls in the UK have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school. What does this tacit acceptance of harassment teach our children?
past 25 years have witnessed fundamental sociopolitical and cultural changes in
Sudan. Women have been the terrain of
many of the uneasy shifts in the country, even down to their skin, which they
are now being encouraged to bleach.
There is a backlash against women’s agency in Northern
Ireland in a number of different ways, all of which impact on the ability of
women to participate fully in initiatives intended to deal with the legacy of the past and support the transition
out of conflict.
In the world of HIV, the allure of the bio-medical
techno-fix still attracts many policy makers. Meanwhile a parallel world of
care, support, community spirit and women’s resilience still beats quietly. On World AIDS Day Alice Welbourn considers the future of the AIDS pandemic
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
Yakin Erturk reflects on the six years she spent working as the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, and argues that in order to build a gender- just peace, dis-empowering patriarchy and engaging with the feminist agenda of empowering women must be the guiding principle for all peace initiatives.
The attempt to get the Afghan parliament to ratify a key law
on violence against women ended in a fiasco and has been angrily dismissed as
the politicking of a single ambitious female politician. But the controversies
around the EVAW law show that there are no perfect strategies available to
women activists in Afghanistan.
Revolutions take time. The French
Revolution was followed by years of terror and conflict before stability. Arab women
have discovered through their revolutions that they can have a voice, and this,
says Monique Villa, is the seed of hope for the future.
Rape has been recognized as a war crime in international and Bosnian
law, but women survivors seldom receive the reparation they are owed.
Meanwhile, persistent male violence makes daily life in
Bosnia-Herzegovina a battleground for many women.
marks the 20th anniversary of Campsfield, the immigration removal centre which heralded a
mass expansion of detention and opened the door for profit in immigration
control in Britain. Yet outside the prison and within, there are voices of
dissent, says Bill
embark on a year of discussing their country’s position within the United
Kingdom, one alliance of organisations is determined to ensure that citizens
with learning disabilities are a well-informed part of the debate
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.