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
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.
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
Bosnian women live
with the malign consequences of a peace agreement engineered by internationals
between male war leaders. Syrian peace negotiations are heading the same way.
Recently Syrian women met with Bosnian counterparts to strategize for a peace
that delivers on the interests of women and civil society.
Last December, a
small group of volunteers organised a production of ‘Trojan Women’ with female Syrian
refugees now living in Jordan. Heather
McRobie speaks to two of the organisers about how art speaks to those who have
survived conflict, and the significance of ‘Trojan Women’ in a modern context
of women’s experiences of war.
On the fifth day of ongoing demonstrations in Sarajevo, a routine is establishing itself and there is a feeling of something new in the landscape of Dayton-constitution Bosnian purgatory – citizens are breaking up with their fears.
1995-2000, 300,000 women in Peru, mostly poor indigenous
peasants who did not speak Spanish, were forcibly sterilized by the Fujimori
government. The Peruvian feminist
movement has been trying to bring Fujimori and his officials to trial for this
crime against humanity ever since. Last month the
case was thrown out for a second time.
Women who have survived acid attacks are speaking out and
refusing to have their identity destroyed. Samira Shackle spoke to some of the
survivors in Islamabad who are campaigning to strengthen legislation against
this most brutal form of gender based violence.
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
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
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
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.
A new report by the Council of Europe provides detailed
evidence that austerity measures have corroded civil and political rights and made economic, social and cultural rights less attainable. Will the governments
of Europe recognise the social cost of austerity – and can ‘human rights’ work
as a tool of resistance?
Women are losing their land and livelihoods in the
face of land grabs, discriminatory traditions and customs, and the lack of a
strong legal framework. Mariama Tarawallie report on the fight back by women mobilising
at grassroots to claim their land rights in Sierra Leone
Gail Sherwood was raped three times by a stalker, forced to retract her allegations and sentenced to two years in prison. Lisa Longstaff argues that her case is one example of a police witch-hunt against women wrongly accused of lying about rape that is undermining 35 years of campaigning for justice
On international human rights day, Yakin Ertürk discusses the new vulnerabilities faced by women, including refugee women, and the new
opportunities for remedy offered
by the international human rights system.
American politicians often talk as if human rights were only relevant in
other countries, but grassroots organisations are increasingly using the human rights framework to win social and economic rights for the poorest and most marginalised people in the US. Cathy Albisa, director of the National Economic and Social Rights Inititative, spoke to Meredith Tax
Part of the blessing of Mandela’s longevity is that he modeled reflexive behaviour which changed over time. To realise his vision of a non-sexist South Africa, we might re-evaluate the patriarchal values which pervade our own lives, recognising our own ability to change.
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.