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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.

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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.

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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

Cuba: through her eyes

What do Cuban women imagine for their country’s future? In the wake of recent reforms, Cyd Bernstein talks to four women leaders about feminism, culture and cultivating change.

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.

Women's paid and unpaid work, and the colonial hangover

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.

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.

In celebration of African literature: Africa Writes 2015

For the past 6,000 years, Africans have been writing. Africa Writes 2015, a three-day festival in London, explored the continuation of this tradition in all its contemporary forms.

The Women in Black remember Srebrenica

The Women in Black commemorate Srebrenica twenty years on, whilst facing abuse in their own country, and amidst a regional climate of genocide denial that still stands in the way of collective healing.

Gendered legacies of Communist Albania: a paradox of progress

Hoxha's regime used the language of ‘ending conservative traditions’ to justify many of its horrors, but today Albania wrestles with a complex heritage of traditional patriarchy intertwined with modern authoritarianism. 

Blood brides: feminist activists cracking China’s patriarchal order

With echoes of Russia's Pussy Riot, the arrest of five young women on the eve of International Women’s Day drew attention to the feminist activist movements simmering below the surface in China.

An insight into Bosnia and Herzegovina’s male and female survivors of wartime rape

The 2014 documentary Silent Scream addresses the issue of wartime rape during the Bosnian war – and the diverse difficulties survivors continue to face today.

Big infrastructure: getting gender and the needs of women wrong

Infrastructural investment is back on the agenda, but gender is still being sidelined in development and across World Bank infrastructure projects.

Sick and tired: Sri Lankan domestic workers fight back against violence

As protesters demand justice for domestic workers after a brutal assault, isn't it time we all became sick and tired of violence and exploitation hidden away from the public sphere in the home?

The sexual and reproductive health issue you’ve probably never heard of….

Why is one of the most common gynaecological conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, schistosomiasis, misunderstood, under-researched and under-reported?

Wartime rape is no longer kept under wraps in Kosovo

Two recent milestones in Kosovo – an official monument recognising women’s suffering during the Kosovo War, and an art installation commemorating wartime rape – shows that change may be coming to a topic long taboo in the country.

Women of Kosovo: a mirage of freedom and equality

A female President and political discourse that trades in 'gender equality' can't paper over the continued corrosive effects of patriarchy in Kosovo, from property law to social taboos.

Why are so many Syrian children being left stateless?

Syrian women advocates recognize the links between the crisis of statelessness and the lack of reproductive justice for women, and argue that control over their own fertility and legal status is paramount.

Syria’s refugees: a global responsibility

Unless the Syrian refugee emergency is treated as a truly global responsibility, we cannot expect hard-pressed countries in the region to maintain the generosity they have demonstrated since the crisis erupted.  

Migrant women in the UK: settling for rather than settling in

Women with a high level of educational qualifications who migrate to the UK to join their British husbands are finding the path to employment strewn with obstacles.

The political legacy of shame - a brief history of women, sex and legislation in the UK

For two centuries, British lawmakers have relied on shame to regulate women's sexual behaviour. Is this finally changing?

The trouble with Mother Canada

The cynical manipulation of Canada’s quasi-corporate new ‘commemorative project’ shows a disregard for both the environment and genuine collective memory. 

500 Eritreans

"We need justice, we need freedom”. Their voices were raised in unison, echoing off the striking architecture of Liverpool's docks as they marched quickly and determinedly through the streets.  

Haki Stërmilli’s 'If I Were a Boy': the first Albanian feminist manifesto

Haki Stërmilli 1936 novel If I Were a Boy portrays the contemporary problems of Albanian society that stem from a misogynistic mindset, and deserves to be (re-)read today.

After Tim Hunt: another science is possible

After the widespread reaction to Tim Hunt’s comments on women in science, it’s time to unpick the various hierarchies that stifle scientific debates and practice. 

Analysing Aaronovitch: a sceptical narrative

Prosecution and conviction rates for sexual crime are lamentably low in the UK. If David Aaronovitch cares about 'genuine abuse', why isn't this what worries him more? Part Two.

Analysing Aaronovitch: has the scourge of ‘conspiracists’ become one himself?

David Aaronovitch claims ‘unbelievable’ notions about child abuse that ‘bewitched’ professionals decades ago are echoed in the VIP historic abuse cases. Where is his evidence? Part One.

Jeju island and the war mindset in Asia and the Pacific

Jeju is called the Island of Peace, but in spite of seven years of constant large protests it's where the South Korean military has almost finished construction of a new naval base. 

"Can I help?" Emotional labour and precarity

With increasing precarity post-crash, are women's jobs subject to more psychological labour than ever before?

Race, caste and gender in France

Criminalizing Islam in the name of feminism is fundamentally paradoxical: Anti-racism and anti-sexism must work together. 

The texture of patriarchy in Kosovo

The architectural ugliness of Prishtina and the near-impossibility of serious flirting in Kosovo’s nightlife both stem from the power monopoly of men, and the abuse of it – to the disadvantage of women. 

Conflict widows: agents of change and peacebuilding

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.

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