Youth-led mobilisation has mocked and
exposed patriarchal power by unmasking its politics of social control. Are we
on the threshold of a new politics of gender creating cross-gender alliances
around struggles against autocracy?
Every generation of little girls
and women needs
to learn its past so that it can imagine a future in which gender
equality is the norm and not the exception. As part of openDemocracy's International Women's Day series, Ruth Rosen
argues that it is still necessary to have a token month every year
devoted to women's lives
As battles over women’s human rights rage on around the world,
governments prepare to gather in New York next week to set some definitive
agreements at the UN’s annual Commission on the Status of Women
There are patriarchal reasons why
women are disproportionately made to suffer in wars. It should not be
surprising that women are disproportionately active in resisting and
challenging violence, wars and armed oppression, says Rebecca Johnson.
What happened to the aspirations of Tamil women in the
national liberation struggle which lasted nearly 30 years? Rahila Gupta covered the conflict in the mid-80s, and reflects on the situation today when the war appears to be decisively over, but the post-war reality remains
as harrowing as ever, particularly for women.
The death of Reeva Steenkamp has highlighted the problematic
way in which the media treat the issue of domestic violence. We need a
better way to transmit and therefore tackle the reality – how violence is built
into our lives and how space is gendered, says Heather McRobie.
How are African feminist activists navigating
the potential and the power dynamics of communication in the digital age?
Jennifer Radloff surveys the field in her introduction to Feminist Africa’s latest edition,
“e-spaces : e-politics”.
This month oD 50.50's platform Our Africa
launches a special collaboration with Africa’s leading gender studies journal Feminist Africa.
Series editors Jessica Horn and Simidele Dosekun explain the thinking
Does the new criminal procedure code in Afghanistan really signal the
definitive demise of all efforts to curb violence against women? An accurate reading of the law, and a more
nuanced understanding of post-NATO developments and their impact on women’s
rights tells a different story.
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.
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.
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
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
Cambodian garment workers make around $80 a month, taking on long hours of overtime in harsh conditions. Now workers across the country are standing up for themselves to demand more—but the fight for a better wage in Cambodia is a dangerous one. At least four garment workers were killed this month during a crackdown on protesters demanding a decent wage from the government and international clothing companies. This video shows the workers who are standing up—and the violence consistently employed to keep them quiet.
New proposals to criminalise forced
marriage are due for their penultimate reading in the House of Lords this month.
Amrit Wilson reports on one of the most strongly contested pieces
of legislation relating to gender to go through Parliament in recent years
There are over fifty Syrian women in Geneva this week. They are demanding a ceasefire in Syria and to be part of the planned peace talks in Geneva, January 22. Supported by international women's organisations, they are there to break the medieval narrative and to ensure that the voices of those who believe in humanity are heard.
We are living in a distinctive moment when
neoliberal capitalism and neopatriarchy converge. Male dominance is no mere
footnote to this new historic settlement. It is central. And feminism is decisive
in the resistance, says Beatrix Campbell in conversation with Cynthia Cockburn
As the 2014 midterm
elections loom on the horizon, American Republicans fear they may lose a sizable
female vote because they have spent the last eight years vilifying women and voting
against their major concerns.
Unprecedented access to data and information has been a tremendous boon to those who care about the situation of women worldwide. Valerie Hudson argues that it's now time to address the gaps in the "data" and to be smarter about collecting, compiling and using data concerning women.
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
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.