Women from Colombia, Syria, Nicaragua and Iraq are implementing multi-layered prevention strategies in their communities against rape being used as a weapon of war, offering immediate protection and countering stigma.
We're living in an undeclared war, staring into the eyes of death daily. People
who don’t know the kind of insecurity women human rights defenders confront every day can’t
imagine how hope helps us to survive.
Without recognising the work
of women who seek to protect human rights domestically, the UK government risks
seeing the activist’s role as a stage of international development rather than
as a core function of democracy.
demanding democratic participation in Northern Ireland's peace process are using
human rights principles to confront the hostility and exclusion they face from
those in control of decison-making
In the context of escalating police violence and local
racism, the new day centre for migrants in Calais, France is an example of
increased, anti-migrant state control posing as humanitarian assistance.
The new book Men
in Charge? shows that the assumption that God gave men authority
over women is a theological fiction that became a legal fiction, whose main
function now is to sustain gender inequality.
The striking disconnect between the juristic and legal constructions of
gender roles in Muslim legal tradition and the lived realities of many Muslim
women is revealed in Musawah's Global Life Stories project.
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.
Sex education in British schools is failing to educate
children about consent and healthy relationships, or include LGBT issues and address
harmful gender stereotypes. Do the
government’s new plans go far enough?
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.
The goal of the international women's walk across the De-Militarized Zone is to help bring peace and
reunification to Korea, and to open a new dialogue marked by understanding, and
- ultimately - forgiveness.
When we ask our parliamentary candidates whether
their policies are good for women, we must ask whether they are good for all women. When the Home Office says appalling
things about migrant women, it hurts all women's rights.
The fight to protect the world's girls, whether from sexual
exploitation or abduction, is not about saving individuals. It is about
profound structural change in the
hierarchical power relations of patriarchy.
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