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.
At the International Association for Feminist Economics conference, social scientists, researchers and economists agree that women's work is still undervalued globally, and dogged by an enduring subconscious colonial mindset.
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.
The rise of religious fundamentalism and conflict is diminishing widows to the status of a chattel. Their key role as sole supporters of families must be prioritised in negotiations for
conflict prevention and resolution.
The Nation of the Lubicon Cree is on the frontlines of environmental destruction, as it challenges the forces behind resource extraction and environmental and cultural genocide, and seeks justice for all.
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
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.