Last weekend two
generations of international feminists met at a conference in Berlin designed
to prompt fresh thinking on Marxist feminist theory and inspire the renewal of
a socialist feminist movement.
Can Turkey's government eschew gender equality, demonise the country's dynamic women's movement, and still prevent
gender-based violence? Can a party that rejects gender equality be a force for democratisation?
On the first anniversary of Mohamed
Brahmi’s assassination, his widow, Mbarka Brahmi, denounces fundamentalism and terrorism
in Tunisia. This article is republished following the murderous attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis.
In conversations with Karima Bennoune, Tunisian intellectual Amel Grami shares her analysis of the political crisis in Tunisia during the rule of the Ennahda party, and the strategies needed to defeat fundamentalism.
If you randomly pick a person on the street in a remote part of any
African country and ask them what they know about women’s rights, whatever the
tone of voice - angry or excited, they are likely to mention “Beijing”.
that you put aside your ideological, political and religious differences and
fully recognize and affirm the human rights of women and girls and gender
justice. Nothing less. Lydia Alpizar speaking at the UN CSW
Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration
and Platform for Action - a pivotal moment in the women’s human rights movement -
governments are arguably less able to serve as torch-bearers than celebrities,
philanthropists and popular icons.
At the UN CSW
underway in New York, a statement signed by almost 1000 women’s
rights organizations calls out the lack of ambition for the scale of the issues
at stake, and for real resources and accountability.
From Kyrgyzstan to Brazil and Sri Lanka, young feminists are trying to shift the debate over sexual and reproductive rights away from a focus on population control and the family unit, to the right of women to have bodily autonomy.
The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act has opened up an important and
new discursive ‘space of struggle’ to debate patriarchal privilege, the
sanctity of the family, and the ‘meaning’ of domestic violence in Sri Lanka
Situated far from sites of official peace negotiations, women’s activism, caretaking and community-building is often
relegated to the category of service provision, but sustainable peace depends upon it.
There was uproar in India at the
brutal gang rape of a 23 year old student on her way home from the cinema. Can
we harness the international attention to this case to demand that the world's
leaders commit themselves to a policy of zero tolerance of violence against
past four World Conferences on Women have galvanized activism and
strengthened women's movement building. Now is the time to assess and rethink the
decision not to convene a 5th global gathering of women.
How can we address the global threat to women's rights with no
space for girls’ - or even women’s - voices at the UN? How will we design a
post-2015 framework that responds to the needs of the most marginalized?
Why is it that the homeland always rejects its most erudite children? Latefa Guemar pays tribute to the feminist writer remembered for her intellectual honesty and unflinching
stance against Algerian patriarchy, even from beyond its borders.
religious fundamentalism is a dangerous political activity. It is not a
distraction from ‘real’ politics - the demands of social justice and civil liberties - but a pre-condition
for achieving them.
Recognising that we have reached a stalemate in dealing with violent men, and an impasse in policy and research on perpetrator programmes, there is fresh interest in whether men can be engaged in a process of change.
In a conflict situation, humiliation of the
enemy is frequently gendered. Yet the
quasi-Orientalist tropes through which the west views Ukraine refracts both the
country’s gender inequalities and its complicated feminist movements.
Caught in the cross-fire of political opportunism,
neo-liberal triumphalism and
geopolitical adventurism, feminist platforms are in retreat. Only a politics
of coalition building can avert their
The responses by Saadia
Toor and Deepa
Kumar to Meredith
depend on a one-dimensional and tired discussion of a collusive feminism as the continuing source of
justifications for imperialism.
This feels like the first time that sex and
violence, football, capitalism and democracy have crashed into each other
in a perfect storm. Has the Ched Evans debacle not only shamed UK football, but
Penny’s latest book ‘Unspeakable Things’ touches upon the unspeakable: “how sex
and money and power police our dreams”, and why we need a mutiny against the
social, economic and sexual counter-revolution.
Organising around a belief in feminism’s ability to
articulate and represent visions of peace and politics, a new generation of feminists is emerging to challenge
the traditional rigidity of Northern Irish politics.
Faced with unequal power relations at the negotiating
table and authoritarian consolidation, a member of the 50-committee explores how feminist voices achieved leverage when drafting the 2014 Egyptian Constitution to include article 11.
A basic right for
Iranian women could be guaranteed within an Islamic framework of governance
provided those in government were inclined to interpret the faith in the spirit
of equality, says Shirin Ebadi.