The first ever parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK has published its report today. Finding that we detain far too many people for far too long, the report calls for radical structural change to the system.
Globally the British government is pushing for better
protections for women, yet the same protections are unavailable to those seeking asylum. Asylum Aid is asking why a quarter of women’s claims are overturned on appeal.
ensure those in need of international protection receive it, attention must be
given to the impact of the societal, political and institutional context on decision-makers’
ability to assess an applicant’s credibility.
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.
the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians by ISIS in Libya associated with a
broader political project of cleansing the region of religious minorities?
Would this not deserve demonstrations of solidarity?
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.
Last month the results of a global survey on women living with HIV were published. The survey was designed
and conducted by women, and commissioned by the World Health Organisation. Will the findings be acted upon?
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.
Despite being circumscribed by an Islamist-military government, the NGO/civil society participation of progressive women in Sudan has become a quasi-movement in and of itself, representing a robust initiative on behalf of women and youth.
The raft of cuts affecting the women's
sector, and election promises made by Labour and the Conservatives not
to increase public spending, represent the biggest threat to domestic
violence services and to women’s lives.
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.
of distancing ourselves from terrorist crimes, as progressive Muslims we should
confront the ultra conservative, violent Wahhabi/salafi version of Islam
that is practised by both professional terrorists and despotic nations like
Across the UK different services are bearing the brunt of cuts in different areas. In Oxfordshire, the county which encompasses the Prime Minister's constituency, domestic violence and homelessness services are facing a staggering 38% cut in funding.
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
Harriet Wistrich is a beacon in the darkness
that threatens to engulf the British legal system today with massive cuts in
legal aid, and the prevailing culture of disbelief of asylum seekers and women
We are facing a political threat, a totalitarian Islamist threat that manifests in terrorism. Journalists are defending something which is elementary to our democracy: our freedom to
breathe and to laugh.
The column Saïd Mekbel published the day before he was assassinatedin 1994remains sadly topical today - recalling murdered
journalists everywhere. Republished in tribute to the people killed today at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo