The murder of Loretta Saunders, a young scholar who researched missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, reveals the structural violence that compounds violence against women, and the stinging injustice of Canada’s 825 lost Aboriginal women.
for an end to a constitution that bans abortion - and kills women, a deep and
broad based movement has sprung up in Ireland to change the constitution, and
finally release women's bodies from church and state.
The two versions of Oscar Pistorius presented by
the state and the defence fit into a wider narrative of South African
patriarchy, and not the other way around; solutions must therefore come from
beyond the Pistorius trial.
Navigating between cooperation and confrontation vis-à-vis institutions
of power, as WILPF approaches its centenary it must continue to avoid cooptation
into a system that produces the violence it abhors.
article on "imperialist feminism" accuses the US women's movement of
being a cheerleader for American empire from the war in Afghanistan to the
present. Is this a sectarian strategy that misses the target and attacks the liberals instead of the right?
More than 275,000 people have signed online petitions to stop Julien Blanc from entering the UK. Banning undesirables from entering Britain by invoking immigration laws has a long history, but is this the best way to tackle Blanc's racism and sexism?
Research indicates that when a gender participation "tipping point" has been reached there will be genuine change in policy direction and ultimate impact. If the G20 is serious about tackling corruption it needs more women leaders.
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.
global feminism that transcends narrow national, cultural, religious and
social boundaries is crucial. Radha Bhatt says that if feminism is to mean
anything it must extend solidarity to those who are resisting oppression in a
variety of different contexts.
A new poll reveals that 19% of women in London have been
physically abused and 32% have been verbally harassed on public transport. The behaviour of perpetrators should be
tackled, rather than the freedom of women curtailed. It's time to involve
women in designing safe transport.
pundits could have nurtured the hope
that someone with strong loyalties to Sharia would also abide by secular law in
Turkey. Turkish opposition MP, Safak Pavey, says that by now they must be amazed at how wrong they were.
the headlines of Silicon Valley companies offering female employees the chance
to freeze their eggs lie more fundamental unresolved questions of gender in the
workplace – and the role of work in our lives.
An industry has grown up around migratory routes in which care and
control functions alternately clash and merge with each other. Understanding the
humanitarian-policing nexus at play is key to moving beyond the current impasse.
The practice of patriarchy as a form of social governance has brought us to the brink of a planet crisis. The current model is bankrupt. In the run up to the UK general election in 2015, Finn Mackay urges feminists to engage in all forms of political participation.
When a distorted
‘normal’ oppresses our daily lives and experiences, Ché Ramsden says that feminist
conferences like Feminism in London 2014 are
not only useful for education and discussion, planning and strengthening
activism, but are excellent forms of respite from mainstream misogyny.
The UK Court of Appeal will hear an appeal this week
over the lawfulness of automatically detaining asylum seekers while their
appeals are heard. The era of expansion of
this practice is already over and further change is likely.
We want to end violence against women, but is it
really preventable? New research from Uganda adds scientific muscle to the
political argument that we can, if we transform the gender power relations that
The most watched drama on the BBC for 20
years,The Fall, is about a serial
killer in Belfast who murders and 'poses' his women victims in the nude. Is the violence gratuitous, or does it
capture the current post-conflict mood and mindset of Belfast?
The increased violence against young women human rights defenders needs to be matched by funders prepared to respond more directly to the priorities identified by young people. Ruby Johnson says shifting the framework of how funders work with young people is essential.
In Liberia 75% of those who have been infected or killed from Ebola are
women. Last month, a rapid
assessment and gender analysis of the outbreak concluded that a gendered
perspective on prevention, care, and post admission care is imperative.
London’s synagogues have set up drop-in
centres for destitute asylum seekers and human rights groups are campaigning to end immigration detention. Shauna Leven and Sam Grant explore how the British Jewish community uses its
particular history to motivate its work with migrants in 2014.
If the Conservatives' plans to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights are implemented, the fundamental right to a fair trial would be demolished, and the duty to act in the best interest of the child may well be eroded.