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
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.
The January 25th uprising offered Egypt the opportunity to become a role model for peaceful transition in the region and beyond. But with the hijack of the will of the people almost completed, Egypt is moving further away from realising democracy.
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
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.
UK universities appear to be elevating the right to
manifest religion and religious freedom over other rights, including freedom of
expression and gender equality. Students need to resist this tide of
religious privilege in the interests of a secular and progressive university
education, says Radha
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
By ignoring expressions of people power in the Egyptian constitutional referendum, some western
political commentators and the media are showing a disconnect with the pulse of
the citizenry and engaging in a dangerous politics of omission, argues Mariz
Reading the 2012 and
2013 Egyptian constitutions together is less a tale of successive steps towards
constitutional democracy and more an illustration of how the revolution was
lost in two successive jolts – first Morsi’s Islamism without legitimacy, and
then the violent militarism that accompanied Morsi’s removal from power.
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.