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.
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
In the world of HIV, the allure of the bio-medical
techno-fix still attracts many policy makers. Meanwhile a parallel world of
care, support, community spirit and women’s resilience still beats quietly. On World AIDS Day Alice Welbourn considers the future of the AIDS pandemic
Yakin Erturk reflects on the six years she spent working as the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, and argues that in order to build a gender- just peace, dis-empowering patriarchy and engaging with the feminist agenda of empowering women must be the guiding principle for all peace initiatives.
Revolutions take time. The French
Revolution was followed by years of terror and conflict before stability. Arab women
have discovered through their revolutions that they can have a voice, and this,
says Monique Villa, is the seed of hope for the future.
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
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.
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
five years after Gita Sen and Caren Grown made an appeal for development
practitioners to use the diversity of feminisms as a starting point to work
towards achieving more just societies, Anastasia Chung asks why this appeal is
overlooked in gender and development paradigms today
years ago women were writing of 'the unhappy marriage of marxism and
feminism'. Though the two schools of thought cohabit uneasily, the
recent annual Historical Materialism conference in London showed that
each has something to gain from listening to the other
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.
Through creative social enterprise, migrant and refugee women in Britain's second largest city have found a way to celebrate diversity and speak above and beyond the 'hostile' headlines, says Emma Daker.
and girls are in the public eye, recognized as key agents in development as
never before. So why doesn't the funding for women's right's organisations
reflect this? A new report from AWID provides critical
analysis of the funding landscape
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.