Policy aiming to address
Turkey's real and persistent problem of gender inequality must be formulated in
consultation with feminists. Unfortunately, there is ample reason to doubt that
a government that refuses to name a problem can solve it, says Özlem Altıok.
I don’t believe that the
story of forgiveness and reconciliation in our collective transition to democracy in the 'new South Africa' is untrue. The problem
is that it has become the only story we are allowed to tell, says Chantelle de Nobrega
Patriarchy, militarism and neoliberalism have created a
matrix in which women and women’s rights can never flourish because none of
them place human values and human dignity at their core. Heather McRobie reflects on the conversations at the Nobel Women's Initiative conference in Belfast.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Activist Mothers of Xalapa have united their individual power
as mothers to create a collective political motherhood that has resisted many
patriarchal institutions in the past, and could well be the driving force of a
new society based on nurturing life instead of selling it, says Alda Facio.
patriarchal framework of justice which reflects gendered stereotypes, cultural
and traditional prejudice has to change. Whilst there is slow progress in
implementation, international law is drifting inexorably into
recognising the integrated role of human rights in addressing sexual
violence, Madeleine Rees analyses how this can be done
years ago women were writing of 'the unhappy marriage of marxism and
feminism'. Though the two schools of thought cohabit uneasily, the
recent annual Historical Materialism conference in London showed that
each has something to gain from listening to the other
Emma Brockes’ exploration of her mother’s life in South
Africa, and what made her leave, is also a study in writing the complexity of women’s lives, and the powerful and elusive nature of story-telling.
Meet Catherine Bennett: an alternative, positive role model for girls. Created as an antidote to the flood of sexual and misogynistic representations of women that surround girls today, Bennett is a testament to the emancipating power of digital performance.
only frightening to those who gain the most from oppression, to those who would
stifle the human spirit and hold the world in stasis. The rest of us really do
have nothing to lose and everything to gain". Finn Mackay speaking at the FiL Conference
Aşağıdaki metin, Londra
Feminist Ağ’ın kurucusu olan ve Londra Feminist Gece Yürüyüşünü yeniden
başlatan Finn Mackay’ın “Feminism in London 2013” konferansında 26Ekim
Cumartesi günü yaptığı kapanış konuşmasıdır.
Below the radar of the Geneva-2 peace talks, Bosnian and Syrian women are holding meetings to discuss the lessons that must be learnt from the failure of the Dayton Agreement. Madeleine Rees argues that without the voices of those who have the greatest stake in preserving peace in their countries, peace agreements don't work.