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Can a feminist tech collective help end the silence around LGBTQ+ domestic abuse?


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Look that monster dead in the face: tackling domestic violence in lesbian relationships

TIFFANY KAGURE MUGO - free thinking for the world

Art can create safe spaces for queer women to address often-ignored domestic violence – necessary to end the silence, and to heal.

Harvey Weinstein: Italian media coverage of the scandal has been predictably outrageous

CLAUDIA TORRISI - free thinking for the world

The Italian media has failed, once again, to focus on systems of power and abuse. Actress Asia Argento has been treated particularly harshly. 

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Sterilized: against our will

"Unfortunately there was one sterilization form that I was not aware of and I had already signed it." HIV positive women in Namibia take their case to court.

Children in prison

The approach to juvenile lawbreakers in Russia and in England & Wales is more punitive than in other European countries. Why do we put young offenders behind bars?In this article Mary McAuley highlights some of the questions she has addressed in her new book ‘Children in Custody’.

NPT: the gulf between the nuclear haves and have-nots

The key question as the conference enters the endgame is whether the P-5 nuclear weapon states are willing to drop their demands for the removal of so many of the disarmament commitments that are important to the non-nuclear countries, including references to a nuclear weapons convention or time bound framework to achieve the total elimination of nuclear weapons

Amnesty: working against oblivion?

Human rights groups cannot tell the story of the times in which we live. There is a void, where there should be analysis of the organizational forms and ideological links of western Islamists

UK election outcome: lessons for peacebuilding

Inclusive democracy is a key constituent of positive peace. Does the surprise coalition government in Britain have lessons for the peace movement?

Is it time for a worldwide strategy for the building of peace?

On average, one dollar spent on programmes to prevent violent conflict achieves as much as sixty dollars spent reacting to crises once violence erupts. So why is there no worldwide strategy for the building of peace? November 1918 marked the end of the 'war to end wars'. One hundred years later, we should now be calling for a new Versailles Convention.

Migration and global justice: realistic options for here and now

Immigration is one area of concern for the author of Global Justice: a Cosmopolitan Account, which examines how several policy options might advance or undermine global justice. In this extract, some real and perceived consequences of immigration are explored, taking as a particular case study, health worker migration. There are a number of problems with current policy, but for the developing rather than the developed countries

Saving philosophy from the suits

The long march of market mechanisms through Britain's cultural institutions has accelerated. Is there a business/state case for philosophy and humanities?

NPT conference: half time glass half full

Frustration at the failure of nuclear weapon states to honour the agreements made at previous NPT Conferences is growing. In heated exchanges in New York the 184 countries without nuclear weapons want to ensure that this time the NPT outcome has direction, accountability and muscle. Half way through the conference Rebecca Johnson reports that there is still everything to play for.

The Pope in Portugal

Students mobilise against a secular republic's partiality to the Catholic church

Prison as a death sentence

The death in custody of Sergei Magnitsky in November shocked the world and mobilised President Medvedev into a promise of reform. Yet, as a second death tragically illustrates, the system has remained essentially unchanged: brutal, dependent and secretive.

Objecting: an act of civil disobedience

Conscientious objection is not "opting out". It is an effort to stimulate a new social imagination and a revolutionary mentality that does not normalise violence.

Conscription: our bodies...or our money?

In recognising a right of conscientious objection specifically to military service, the international community of nation states has effectively conceded the morality of such a standpoint. An eventual extension of the interpretation of this right to embrace conscientious objections to payment towards military expenditure would be a further step in the building of a “culture of peace” even within our still bellicose societies

Listening to our conscience

A new anthology of women conscientious objectors reveals the extent to which rejection to military service is part of a greater movement for social change. Vanessa Alexander went along to the book launch

United States at the NPT: how far will the 'good guy' go?

Unless the role and value assigned to nuclear weapons in deterrence is challenged among the nuclear-armed states, the notion of nuclear deterrence will remain seductive – and a proliferation drive. Those wanting to bring about real security in a non-nuclear-armed world need to do far more at this NPT Conference. Rebecca Johnson reports from New York.

Against power-mongering - moving on from the politics of 'winner-takes-all'

The longing for 'macho' style 'strong' politics is exposed by the UK's post-election arguments

No release: lives in limbo

The UK is almost alone in Europe in detaining migrants indefinitely. The cost to the taxpayer does not come cheap. The costs to detainees are incalculable. But in the long term, the most serious damage may be to the British tradition of defending civil liberties from arbitrary state power.

Implementing SCR 1325: lessons from Israel

The attempt to implement Security Council Resolution 1325 after the failure of the Oslo Peace Process revealed a paralysed women's movement in Israel. Is it time for feminist resistance rather than arguing for women's participation in peace processes?

Searching for gender justice

How and when will the Rome Statute and Security Council Resolution 1325 actually contribute to the delivery of justice to a critical mass of the world’s women?

The right to have rights: resisting fundamentalist orders

While fundamentalist movements may vary according to the global context in which they operate, for women this diversity is outweighed by the core characteristics, strategies and impacts that they share.

Jody Williams: The true path to nuclear non-proliferation

Statement by Jody Williams, Chair, Nobel Women’s Initiative at the Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty United Nations, New York, New York, 7 May 2010

Rescuing Ukraine from NATO

President Yanukovich sees it as his mission to protect the country from NATO. That’s why he extended that lease allowing Russia’s fleet to stay in Crimea. For as long as the fleet stays in Ukraine, the country cannot join NATO

UK election: Women Going Backwards

New Labour seemed to have a strong feminist component when it came to power in 1997, its legacy is a rollback of women's influence in British politics made painfully evident by the general election.

Reconnecting race equality and migration policy

In a reply to Tim Finch, Kjartan Sveinsson says that we should not lose sight of the lessons of our recent history in which, contrary to what some politicians maintain, racism and anti- immigrant sentiments have been closely linked.

Progressive male Muslim preachers: oxymoron or reality?

In their rush to find suitable allies to help control 'extremism', states as well as non-governmental organisations are often overlooking ordinary, individual male preachers who are taking a stand despite the risks it entails

Nuclear weapons: beyond non-proliferation?

The stakes are high and the outcome too close to call as the Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty opens for four weeks of intense debate in New York.

Goodbye Fred Halliday

How a great scholar had a profound effect on the author’s life

Immigration: control vs governance

The state of Arizona’s clampdown on unauthorised residence is part of a wider political drive to control population-flows. The approach is regressive and unworkable, says Saskia Sassen.

The strongest power of all

If violence is out, what power can nonviolence offer? Courage, numbers and solidarity are vital to confront oppressive power, but macho dynamics perpetuate aggression. Human connections are the key to transformation

Cry out - eventually the world will cry out with you

"It is not what the mind knows, it is what the heart knows that changes the world". Listen to Joan Chittister give the keynote address at the International Gender Justice Dialogue conference

Migration: the rise of the radical right

The new radical right has overcome the traditional split between left and right by combining anti-establishment resentment and demands for democratic reform with the use of protest and identity politics as mobilizing agents.

Is the progressive case for migration truly progressive?

More migrants entering the UK does not equal a more progressive attitude to migration. Those who make the case for a fairer migration policy would do well to question their own position.

Why do women turn religious fundamentalists on?

The more I work on projects to research religious fundamentalisms and advocate for resistance and challenge to their absolutist and intolerant world vision, the fewer answers and the more questions I have

The religious lobby and women’s rights

None of the main political party manifestos tackle the encroachment of religion on our society. As more and more public spaces are devoured by religious interests creating particular problems for women, Rahila Gupta argues that it is time to end state funding of religion and faith based organisations as service providers.

Welcome to the International Gender Justice Dialogue

On the first day of the conference Brigid Inder, executive director of Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice introduced the themes and purpose of the gathering.

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