holding a fifth UN world conference in 2015 has left a vacuum, a dangerous
thing when patriarchal ethno-nationalists are colonizing public space. It is
time to insist that international human rights institutions deliver for women.
Over 300 abused women have signed a
statement opposing Sharia courts and religious bodies, warning of the growing
threat to their rights and to their collective struggles for security and
Recent law reform initiatives on sexual crimes against
children in Turkey reveal the growing danger for women and girls, and the need to
interrogate the myths and biases underlying the “our culture” discourse.