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Mobilising for peace and freedom: from aspiration to lasting change

The 2015 WILPF manifesto outlines how those who choose peace over conflict must act, and recognises that negotiations on a treaty making transnational corporations accountable for violation of human rights is part of the way forward.  

Manic Pixies and Cool Girls: on female solidarity and the male gaze

Pop culture tropes of ‘the girl who isn’t like other girls’ might seem subversive but they reinforce old sexist ideas that women are frivolous and exist for the male gaze.

Haveit: Kosovo’s conscience disguised in performance art

Haveit, a Kosovan art collective consisting of four young women, use their performances to explore gender and social issues.

The politics of human rights and the United Nations

The one simple yet unanswered question in the United Nations versus Anders Kompass affair is - why? Is it because he did not accept the politicisation of human rights ?

Feminism is for all: exposing gendered limitations of the Albanian male

Hegemonic masculinity enforces a half-reality, obscuring women’s perspectives. Yet the irony is that dismantling these gender norms would liberate Albanian men as well as women.

The VICE guide to good intentions?

VICE’s new women’s interest website Broadly offers VICE a chance to shake off its reputation for the ‘hipster misogyny’ of Terry Richardson and ‘female writer suicide’ fashion shoots. Here’s hoping they take it.

Exposing the daily violence of women's hotel work

Employment conditions in hotels are hidden, but activists are going undercover to expose the terrible working practices maids and cleaners endure.

Unlimited parental leave: progress or PR coup?

The new Netflix employee perk doesn't stand up to scrutiny, but softens their brand.

Our island mentality

With the focus on amped up security around Calais, the wider context of refugees arriving in Europe is being ignored. In Athens, children living on the streets has become the norm. 

Can Russia confront the horrors of its domestic violence epidemic?

With the murder of a pregnant woman and her six children, Russia’s domestic violence epidemic again briefly surfaces into headlines.  Perhaps one day these victims too can have their public monument. 

Women's working lives in the ‘new’ university

Is there room for any women other than the "exceptional woman", let alone women with children, in the new hyper-stratified university?

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour’s gift to British women?

Jeremy Corbyn's Working with Women policy document has been well received by feminists, but the silence on the intersectionality of religious fundamentalism and women’s oppression, and on prostitution, raises questions.

'Disappearing' sex workers in the Amnesty International debate

An Amnesty draft policy to protect women in sex work has attracted a fierce debate, but sex workers' voices are often absent in the opposition arguments.

Amnesty International: should sex work be decriminalized?

As Amnesty International meets to consider a resolution that calls for the decriminalization of sex work, those in favour argue it would be a step forward for the rights of sex workers.

Jack the Ripper, 'interesting history', and masculine violence

The opening of a Jack the Ripper Museum was not only insulting in how it seemed to glorify the murder of women – it was a disservice to all of us interested in local history and inclusive explorations of our past.

RIP NLP: Five lessons from the life and death of New Left Project

If we want a diverse and democratic media landscape, we need to figure out how to fund it.

From Hiroshima to Trident: listening to the Hibakusha

“Humanity and nuclear weapons cannot coexist indefinitely. How much longer can we allow the Nuclear Weapon States to continue threatening all life on earth?”  - Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of Hiroshima.

Nobody Left Behind? The lives of indigenous women with HIV

HIV rates are driven by widespread global inequalities. What will it take to put the human rights of indigenous women living with HIV on the global map?

Lebanon's refugees: resisting hegemony through culture

Seenaryo, a small independent theatre project that starts this week with Syrian and Palestinian children, seeks to foster an alternative political proposal in a situation where politics has emphatically failed. 

Salvaging the luminosity of a lost city

While the murder of hundreds of women in Juárez, Mexico, eventually attracted international attention – and with it, sensationalist headlines – photographer Itzel Aguilera’s work engages with the complex realities of her city.

The 2015 US Trafficking Report: signs of decline?

The US Trafficking in Persons Report exposes exploitation and holds governments to account. But creeping politicisation and a reluctance to address the political economy of TIP are compromising its credibility.

Jeremy Corbyn and women’s experiences of austerity

Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for Labour Party leadership may also mean that the damage of austerity, particularly to women, is finally being recognised. 

Misogyny and homophobia: patriarchy, gender policing, and the male gaze

Until there is gender equality, we can’t live in a world free of homophobia.

HIV and AIDS: language and the blame game

The negative and dehumanizing language used by scientists discussing global HIV policy is sapping the soul of those on the receiving end. The call for an alternative language of nature and nurture must be heard. 

AIDS targets: the fear factor

HIV is not just a health issue but a multi-sectoral issue that requires many different players. Is the UNAIDS HIV '90-90-90' fast-track initiative in Uganda achievable?

Doing gender justice in northern Uganda

The efforts of NGOs and international organisations to gradually nudge post-war northern Uganda towards a ‘gender just society’ ignore the fact that gender equality also has real enemies.

Those who believe in freedom: Yara Sallam

Yara Sallam is starting the second year of her sentence in Qanater Women's prison outside Cairo. She says, "I do not feel any regret or self-defeat, the prison is not inside me." 

Pragna Patel: a politics of hope and not hate

"At the heart of my work is the idea that human beings are to be intrinsically valued, that we can all co-exist through mutual respect and rights."  - Pragna Patel

Enduring civilisation, enduring empire?

The "Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation" exhibition at the British Museum leads to the overarching question of who is authorised and best equipped to tell the story of the artefacts displayed, and on whose terms.

Towards Plan F: planning for a feminist economy in the UK

Feminists must reject mainstream austerity rhetoric and challenge politicians to adopt an alternative 'Plan F' to bring about equality between women and men on the basis of a caring and sustainable economy.

Reddit, Ellen Pao, and the false neutrality of ‘free speech’

It would be disingenuous to look at what happened to former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao without factoring in endemic sexism and racism. ‘Free speech’ has to mean a space where everyone is safe to speak.

Re-telling stories: Alice Munro’s portraits of Albanian hearts

The Nobel Prize winner’s exploration, from afar, of Albanian women’s lives layers upon a history of female stories, and story-telling, and a resistance that expresses itself in a kind of fierce joy.

Neoliberal moralism and the fiction of Europe: a postcolonial perspective

The Greek crisis reveals the way in which neoliberalism continues the instrumentalisation of internal critique that colonialism and neoconservatism have perfected.

In search of human dignity in Greece

Could compassion be a currency of our economic systems?  For of all of the pains Greek people are suffering now, perhaps the most acute is the loss of dignity.

Addressing global taxation and gender equality

The increased call on countries to maximise local revenue in order to finance their own development agenda adds to the urgency of  making sure that domestic resources are tailored towards achieving gender equality.

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