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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
In most countries, data
on murdered trans people are not systematically produced. Meaningful research
requires government backing, but the lack of recognition, through ignorance or
malice, for trans people and the violence they face, remains a massive barrier
to its commission
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
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.
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
went viral. She spoke to Rahila Gupta
about her campaigning work for women's rights.
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
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
Provisions for those affected by domestic violence are in decline
in the UK, but work in the area of domestic violence continues to be integral
to the development of approaches to intersectional justice.
Up against the
male-centric nature of disability theory, and the slowness of women's movements
and feminist scholars to address disability as a political issue, disabled
women are laying down the basis for a transnational disabled women's movement.
Italy has just passed
a new law offering better protection for victims of domestic violence. But will this be enough to work against the
damaging effect of under-funded safe houses and public figures who
still blame women for their abuse?
Whilst LGBTQ rights activists welcomed the recent rulings by
the US Supreme Court on "same sex" marriage, Lauren Suchman questions
the media's conflation of gender, sex and sexuality in reporting these cases,
and argues for "same-sex
marriage" to be recognised as "non-heterosexual marriage"
have grown more supportive of same-sex marriages, gun control, immigration
reform and even taxes on the wealthiest individuals. Why, then, have the cultural and political wars over abortion
Racist and patriarchal
ideas underpin the new ‘family planning’ initiatives promoted by DfID, USAID and the Gates Foundation which
deny women in the global South real control over their bodies. The
appropriation of the notion of ‘women’s right to choose’ for neoliberal
population control must be challenged, argues Kalpana Wilson
The death of Savita Halappanavar
lifted the lid on the church, the state, and women's reproductive rights in the Republic
of Ireland, and has been the catalyst for the new legislation on the rights of
pregnant women proposed last week.