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Is non-patriotic art a crime in Lithuania?

We sang a feminist version of the national anthem as part of a show. A far right nationalist politician complained. Now the police are investigating us.

A feminist defence of sex workers’ rights

In the international row over decriminalizing sex work, Geetanjali Misra takes issue with the on-line petition launched by the women's human rights organisation, Equality Now. 

British charities could lose the right to challenge bad laws

Following the suicide of two 17-year olds, campaigners forced a review of the law covering treatment of children in police custody.  Such challenges could become impossible if Ministry of Justice proposals are pushed through

Fleeing FGM: Bodies on the frontline

The UK’s commitment to protecting the rights of women and girls cannot be limited to international aid; it must recognise gender-based persecution and not expel any woman to a country where she risks her life, rights or freedom, says Lorna Gledhill. 

What now for the women's movement? Feminist conversations

Cynthia Cockburn reports on a lively day of discussion at the British Library at which women of the 1970s Second Wave Feminism encountered a young generation of feminist historians. Debating racism, reproductive rights, sexualities and much besides, the aim was to imagine: 'What now for the women's movement?'

Women demand freedom, not surveillance

In the wake of the brutal gang rape of a student in Delhi in December 2012, Kavita Krishnan shot to international fame when her speech demanding protection of a ‘woman’s freedom, not her body’ went viral. She spoke to Rahila Gupta about her campaigning work for women's rights.

The Suicide Caucus: big oil, good ol’ boys, and bible punchers

Who engineered the Congressional shutdown that imperilled the world economy?  Meredith Tax looks at an alliance of three groups: big oilmen, Southern oligarchs, and Christian fundamentalists.

Afghanistan: an all-time struggle for women

We need to say “enough!” to the leadership of people who foster oligarchy and treat Afghanistan as a playground for their selfish interests. The biggest battlefront is the election. Whatever change may happen, if women’s perspectives are not included, it will make no difference to the lives of women at all.

Can conversations about women in pop move beyond a binary of agency or exploitation?

The feminist debate after Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance rarely touched upon the issue of race.  A comparison with Rihanna’s ‘Pour It Up’ video illuminates the dominant tropes being played out in pop culture.

Women in journalism: not a trivial subject

The biggest newspapers in the United States, Britain and Europe still reserve pages of the most serious political and foreign policy analysis for older white men.

The Duma and Russian Orthodox Church vs feminism

While the prosecution of Pussy Riot and recent laws censoring discussion of homosexuality have received media attention and popular condemnation, the assault on reproductive rights being led by the Russian Orthodox Church is taking place under the radar

Pakistan: of peace talks and peace prizes

Pakistan has been locked in two key debates on the issue of peace recently. The first is whether there should be ‘peace talks’ with the Tehreeq e Taliban Pakistan. The second concerns Malala, the school-girl who survived the Taliban murder attack and was a nominee for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Slavenka Drakulić: violence, memory, and the nation

Writer and journalist Slavenka Drakulić reflects on the use of sexual violence in war, the psyche in conflict, and the gap between official history and personal memory in the former Yugoslavia.

No accident: why have 19,142 died at Europe’s frontiers?

The recent deaths off the coast of Lampedusa are a gruesome consequence of EU border and immigration control policies that follow the logic of security and restrictionism over human rights and international maritime law, says Nina Perkowski.

Tunisia's fight against fundamentalism: an interview with Amel Grami

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.

Lampedusa: Never again

The terrible migrant deaths off the Italian island have evoked horror across the continent. In a small camp in France, Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi talks to their fellow countrymen and women who have survived: their hopes, dreams, and learning to feel unwelcome in Europe.

It's about us! People's global action for fair migration policy

With the UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development underway in New York, migrant-led organisations have gathered to argue for policies that value and prioritise people over profit, protection of the environment and advancement of sustainable growth over short time gains.

Migration, environment and social justice

How can we foster a more productive dialogue between the green movement – often perceived as too localised and issue-based – and groups working on human rights issues such as forced migration, asks Agnes Woolley. 

Taking a comprehensive view of sexual violence

It has been 9 months since the iconic Delhi gang rape. Even as women’s groups struggle to retain the focus on violence against women, we must extend this focus to all women - especially women marginalised on the basis of their sexuality, say Geetanjali Misra and Vrinda Marwah

Rethinking social movements

Today the structures that sustain oppression exhibit an impressive level of transnational collaboration. Where to then for local and transnational social movements committed to challenging this oppression, and advancing feminism and gender equality?

No woman’s body should be a battlefield

25 years after Women in Black was founded by Israeli and Palestinian women working together for peace, Sue Finch and Liz Khan report from the International Women in Black meeting in Uruguay on how the movement has grown into a world-wide network speaking truth to power

Sudanese women: you can beat us but you cannot break us

Amira Osman is awaiting trial for refusing to cover her hair. She is one of thousands of Sudanese women who are being arrested under Sudan's criminal code, sentenced, and publicly lashed.

Is gendered austerity finally on the political agenda?

The 2013 Green Party conference made women and austerity one of its themes, while a new report from the Women’s Budget Group calls for a ‘Plan F’ to tackle the impact of the crisis on women's lives.  Is gendered austerity finally gaining the attention of political parties?

Restating Scottish feminism

Scottish feminists do not want ‘patriarchy in a skirt’ or a tartanised version of the status quo.  It is time to implement gender mainstreaming at all levels of Scottish politics.

Will homophobia rain off Serbia's parade?

Gay pride week begins September 21, but it is unclear whether the Serbian government is willing to expend the political capital to secure it, despite external pressure.

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