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Stay Woke: sustaining feminist organising in an uncertain world

Autonomous feminist spaces must be guarded jealously. They are an important lifeline for feminists to re-charge and breath in a world that remains hostile to women’s freedom. We must stay woke.

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Sexual harassment in Kosovo: no longer invisible

A video of a woman walking in Prishtina being sexually harassed 50 times in 8 hours and publication of the first quantitative data on the harassment of women counter the argument that it's not a widespread problem.

Seeking liberation, seeking comfort: women migrants in the UK

The UK Home Office continues to indefinitely detain people who have committed no crime, including pregnant women. Asylum seekers and refugees lead solidarity groups in the movement to end detention.

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.

The battle over the Feminist Library: history and community vs profit

The Feminist Library in London is threatened with eviction. If forced to move, the next generation of feminists and activists will be left without tangible access to their own history.  

Rape testimony: pitting truths against rape culture

Women of the World (WOW) created a public, cultural space where women’s stories of survival and their manner of telling them expanded their particular narratives into the universal and political.

'Showing up': Intersectionality 101

Patriarchy, racism and capitalism are connected. Yet without an intersectional approach, movements forget marginalised people. Addressing Southbank Centre's WOW Festival, Kimberlé Crenshaw insisted that solidarity from allies is an entitlement.

Berta’s struggle is our global struggle…

Berta Cáceres’s assassination is a painful reminder of the way in which a trinity of corporate, government and military interests creates a tapestry of capitalist power structures, making for an often deadly struggle.

Millions rising to stop male violence

Annual Million Women Rise marches, started in 2007 by Sabrina Qureshi, give a platform and visibility to women worldwide at the forefront of experiencing, and combatting, violence against women and children.

Taboo, transgression, transformation: child abuse and the politics of acceptability

The fear of online paedophiles may be obscuring some deeper drivers of child abuse, as well as the potential offered by the web to prevent harm.

"How we will miss that chuckle": my friend, Doreen Massey

On the life, theory, activism and humour of Doreen Massey, the great feminist geographer, who has died.

US Presidential race: the feminist generation gap

Why is there strong support for Bernie Sanders from young feminists and a tepid response to Hillary Rodham Clinton, a lifelong feminist? Why has a feminist generational gap emerged in 2016?      

CSW: groundbreaking US support for sexual rights

With the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women underway in New York, the decision by the US to support sexual and reproductive health and rights - at last - presents a real opportunity to move the agenda forward.

Madam Secretary-General?

With pressure mounting for the next UN Secretary General to be a woman, is it too much to ask that she also be a feminist?

Writing a new feminist text for our times

In what conditions does patriarchy thrive? And in what conditions does feminism thrive? Travelling from Rojava to Rwanda and beyond to find out, provocateurs Beatrix Campbell and Rahila Gupta are writing the book.

Guilty: what the Sepur Zarco trial means for women’s rights worldwide

Survivors of wartime sexual violence in Guatemala have secured a landmark victory in the Sepur Zarco trial: a win for international human rights in a domestic court.

Is the UN really moving toward gender equality?

New research raises the question of whether the UN is burying statistics on gender representation in order to cover up lack of progress.

Gender, war and peace: "We the people."

Feminism: a way of thought and a way of being that can and has made change. We must stand up for humanity now so that our children can have theirs.

The global pulse of young feminists organising

Young feminists are organising across movements in an intersectional way, locally, nationally and regionally, and they are using artivism and technology as core tools in their work. 

Uncomfortable situations: mothers returning to work

"I have to request a key to the room in college each time I need to express milk - as if I am advertising my lactating status - and if there is a queue at the circulation desk I must wait my turn."

Will the sky fall when big NGOs move south?

INGOs moving their HQs to the Global South will not alter the management problems with international development and human rights work, manifest in elitist decision-making and unequal resource distribution.

The confinement of Eve: resolving Ebola, Zika and HIV with women’s bodies?

There are parallels between three major newsworthy viruses, Ebola, HIV and Zika, in relation to the global public health response and persistent and often toxic gender stereotypes. Español

Britain's boycott of the UN multilateral nuclear disarmament talks

With opposition to Trident growing, the British government has refused to join this week's UN multilateral nuclear disarmament talks on practical measures to build global security without nuclear weapons.

Poppi Worthington: back to the future of child protection politics

The Cumbrian police dismissed her alerts. The pathologist had ‘jumped to conclusions’, she was ‘rash,’ they said.  

Britain's "disqualified adults": No passport equals no home

The new 'Right to Rent Scheme' creates a hostile environment for those without immigration status, and is already causing discrimination against individuals who have every right to be here, including British citizens.

Mind the gap: why are unaccompanied children disappearing in their thousands?

Until the EU recognises the specific needs of child migrants and makes it a priority to swiftly reunite them with family members, many will likely continue to abscond from the reception system.

Europe’s migrant children: between belonging, happiness and discrimination

Whether represented as future terrorists or rapists, the children of non-EU migrants have been extensively portrayed as a hidden danger waiting to explode. We can and must combat the on-going stigmatisation.

Why aren't European feminists arguing against the anti-immigrant right?

European feminists struggle to navigate a contentious cultural debate as political elites, Pegida and the twittersphere frame the arrival of refugees as a threat to gender equality and western culture.

U.S. Defense: the question of women's roles in conflict

The U.S. Department of Defense has paid scant attention to local women in conflict as either aggressors, crucial fighting support, or powerful peace builders - to the detriment of global security.

Breaking Free: a women's movement in Indian universities

Female students in Delhi are protesting against their hostels resembling prisons - arguing that restricting women’s freedom is not a way to ensure safety: it is society that must be made safe for women.

Men campaigning against violence against women: on whose terms?

There is a surge in the numbers of men wanting to join anti-harassment campaigns in Europe, but their demand for immediate solutions to a long term problem is problematic.

Defining modern slavery out of existence: who benefits?

Academics who suggest that the very idea of ‘modern slavery’ is inane and clichéd undermine anti-slavery activism and deny an appalling reality for thousands who are trafficked, sold and enslaved.

A city aflame: India’s coal rush

While intensified coal production has helped India’s economy to grow and its great metropolises to thrive, it has left one of the most mineral-rich regions in the country up in flames - literally.

Who's missing from Syria's peace talks?

Those organising Syria’s peace talks must go beyond merely ticking the gender representation box. It's essential to move towards real inclusion of women peace advocates and larger civil society.

Stability Sandwiches: the control of street entrepreneurs in Sisi’s Cairo

The post-Sisi drive to restore and sanitize public space in Cairo is as much about keeping disadvantaged and vulnerable groups ‘in their place’ within the social order as about restoring stability.

The fateful marriage: political violence and violence against women

Pervasive and diverse, instances of violence against women can only be fully comprehended in the political contexts that give them purpose and meaning.

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