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.
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.
When it comes to gender based violence in Arab transition
contexts, it is not only state militarism we should be concerned about, but the
proliferation of militias and weapons across borders, argues Mariz Tadros
of post-Arab spring violence against women down to a routine manifestation of
patriarchy and its allied misogyny in the societies concerned may unwittingly
shield power-holders from more searching scrutiny. What is at stake is no longer just women and their
bodies but the body politic itself, argues Deniz Kandiyoti.
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
There is a backlash against women’s agency in Northern
Ireland in a number of different ways, all of which impact on the ability of
women to participate fully in initiatives intended to deal with the legacy of the past and support the transition
out of conflict, says Margaret Ward
Trafficking and sexual exploitation are an integral part of armed
conflict and its aftermath. Madeleine Rees argues that the lack of political
will and an interpretation of law that works in favour of perpetrators -
including those working
in international peace keeping institutions - must be addressed
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.
we live violence every day, how can we work for the development of our country
so that we can benefit from human rights like other countries and like other
women?" - Julienne Lusenge speaking about her work as a women's human
rights defender in the DRC
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.
A landmark decision by
the High Court in Kenya found that police inaction in dealing with rape cases
brought by 160 girls had created
a climate of impunity for defilement, which rendered the State indirectly
responsible for the harms inflicted on the girls by their rapists
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
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.
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.
We need to say
“enough!” to the leadership of people who foster oligarchy and treat
Afghanistan as a playground for their selfish interests. The biggest
battlefront is the election. Whatever change may happen, if women’s
perspectives are not included, it will make no difference to the lives of
women at all.
The feminist debate after Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance
rarely touched upon the issue of race. A
comparison with Rihanna’s ‘Pour It Up’ video illuminates the dominant tropes
being played out in pop culture.