In the six weeks since
the citizens Barakat movement for a free and democratic Algeria was founded it
has moved from cyberspace onto the streets. The voices calling for democratic transition
are being heard. Pro-democracy activist Louiza Chennoub spoke to
Donors funding in conflict affected environments would be wise to focus on women’s leadership in
conflict rather than women as victims of violence in conflict. This is key to changing the power structures which underlie violence, and to supporting sustainable peace efforts.
Glib and glossy visions of women’s empowerment, designed to avoid
actual power structures, are being avidly promoted by corporations and the
development industry alike. A new book by Srilatha Batliwala reminds us of what lies at the heart
of feminist empowerment work.
Last month a young woman was mob attacked on Cairo University campus.
Socially and culturally constructed circles that control our lives seem to be
tightening at a time when individuals are trying their hardest to crack them
open. Zainab Magdy explores whether women will ever find a space that is their own.
Foreign policy reporting in the British media is dominated by an elite and a false neutrality presenting a particular ideology simply as authoritative. What is used as an argument for diversity is also a sign of Britain’s colonial hangover, and the unexamined question of who is positioned as the voice of reason.
soldiers, mostly women, have been the victims of rape and sexual assault in the
American military. Politicians and the Pentagon are worried about the growing
epidemic of this behaviour. All twenty women Senators decided “enough was
Unpaid care work is one of the major
barriers to women's rights, economic empowerment and poverty reduction. Will
the work of the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, and the frantic
efforts of women's rights advocates at the CSW in New York this week, get
unpaid care work on to the post-2015 agenda ?
of Afghan women’ was part of the dominant rhetoric used by international forces
to justify military intervention and the ‘war on terror’ in post- 2001
Afghanistan. Yet, Afghanistan’s struggle for women’s rights did not begin with
the arrival of troops, nor will it end upon their withdrawal
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has a good chance of winning the forthcoming
general election in India. Amrit Wilson reports on discussions about what life has been like for women in the states where the BJP has been in power, and what may lie ahead
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
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.
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.
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.
honour of the determination of people like Algerian TV producer, Aziz Smati, who was shot exactly twenty years ago today, we must
support all those who wield song against suicide belt, and wage art against
fundamentalism, writes Karima Bennoune