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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The failure of
police to take seriously the young victims of sexual abuse in Rotherham who
reported the crime, reveals the way in which who is and isn't taken seriously
ties in with who is and isn't deemed worthless in Britain.
Poverty, misogyny, and Christian fundamentalism in El Salvador lie behind the prison sentences of up to forty years handed down to seventeen women who were arrested for the crime of abortion, but sentenced for murder.
The G20 should listen to Oxfam and assess its agenda and actions based on how they support the fulfilment of
women’s human rights and lead to gender equality. This is not a question of adding yet another issue to the G20 agenda.
Women are more reliant on decent labour law, minimum wages
and conditions, and labour market protections. Yet these minimum protections are
continually under attack, and the reach of these safeguards against exploitation is declining.
Will the G20 adopt
an approach that meets human rights standards for economic growth at the
Brisbane Summit? More representation of women at the governance level is essential. Who is at the table
Central to the resurgence of Sinhala Buddhist
nationalism in post-war Sri Lanka is a redefinition of gender role and
identities. Familial ideology is a key pillar of
this discourse with serious adverse implications for women and gender
If the G20 is serious about 'sustainable and balanced growth' as the 'premier forum for international economic cooperation', it needs to demonstrate its serious intent towards matters of gender equality at the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane this weekend.
A living wage is a human right, and it is crucial that consumers are fully aware of the power in their hands.
We’ll be on the right track only when we will see a £5 dress as a red flag, and
not as a bargain.
In an age of professionalization, both of politicians and of activists, the journey of self-taught politicization of the Focus E15 mothers is a remarkable one – and an example of genuine, grass-roots politics in Britain.
A group of young mothers have petitioned local government and occupied
abandoned homes in Newham, London, calling for ‘social housing not social cleansing’. Here they discuss the growing movement to combat the housing crisis and prevent evictions.
If we are to have any chance of addressing
trafficking, we should work towards the elimination
of labour recruitment fees; advocate for a global minimum wage; and look at
ways of criminalizing the knowing or reckless use of the services of a victim
An empowered civil society is itself an enforcement mechanism
of human rights, transforming the human rights system from a legalistic
framework into a powerful tool for social change. The climate justice movement
is well placed to make use of this tool, and women are well positioned to lead.
both the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the Climate Summit underway
at the UN, far more important than official declarations will be who is allowed
to speak and to be heard. Whose voice matters in this clash of worldviews.
Science and global funding of HIV prevention is seen as an investment in
biosecurity, but unless prevention and treatment take place within the
context of the local bio-insecurity of the poor woman and her family
the AIDS epidemic can not be fully stemmed, argue Ida Susser and Zena
the components of couples’ incomes and investigating individual trajectories
over the life course are essential to produce a more rounded and complete
picture of the links between gender and poverty, says Fran Bennett.
and unshared care work perpetuates women’s poverty, political marginalization
and social subordination. The distribution of care is not natural or
inevitable, but rather socially constructed and in our power to change, says
demanding higher wages, Cambodian women are refusing the status of the proverbial “second-class
(global) citizen,” undervalued and over-determined by gender
discrimination. If men take over the frontline of the movement, they will de facto doom its greatest potential in
raising wages, along with women’s status and worth. Read inFrench, Spanish.
We are living in a distinctive moment when
neoliberal capitalism and neopatriarchy converge. Male dominance is no mere
footnote to this new historic settlement. It is central. And feminism is decisive
in the resistance.
As the 2014 midterm
elections loom on the horizon, American Republicans fear they may lose a sizable
female vote because they have spent the last eight years vilifying women and voting
against their major concerns.
Women are losing their land and livelihoods in the
face of land grabs, discriminatory traditions and customs, and the lack of a
strong legal framework. Mariama Tarawallie report on the fight back by women mobilising
at grassroots to claim their land rights in Sierra Leone
The introduction of the Destitution
Domestic Violence concession in 2012 giving some migrant victims access to public
funds was widely welcomed. However, while many have long waits for benefits,
others still do not have a safety net to escape violence.
The UK Immigration Bill has no clear targets: it gives ordinary individuals
the power to decide. Will we use an accurate legal definition, or act on what we
read in the papers and hear from the Home Secretary herself? Asks Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi
The 2013 Green Party
conference made women and austerity one of its themes, while a new report from
the Women’s Budget Group calls for a ‘Plan F’ to tackle the impact of the
crisis on women's lives. Is gendered austerity
finally gaining the attention of political parties?