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.
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 ?
The murder of Loretta Saunders, a talented
young scholar who researched missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, brought
into sharp focus the structural violence that compounds violence against women, and the stinging injustice of Canada’s 825 lost Aboriginal women. Women who deserved to be honoured with more
than the government’s sluggish and half-hearted gestures.
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?
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
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.
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
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
I don’t believe that the
story of forgiveness and reconciliation in our collective transition to democracy in the 'new South Africa' is untrue. The problem
is that it has become the only story we are allowed to tell, says Chantelle de Nobrega
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.
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.
Sexual bullying in the classroom rarely makes the headlines. But one in three 16-18 year old girls in the UK have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school. What does this tacit acceptance of harassment teach our children?
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
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.
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.
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
Meet Catherine Bennett: an alternative, positive role model for girls. Created as an antidote to the flood of sexual and misogynistic representations of women that surround girls today, Bennett is a testament to the emancipating power of digital performance.
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.