While the murder of hundreds of women in Juárez, Mexico, eventually attracted international
attention – and with it, sensationalist headlines – photographer Itzel Aguilera’s
work engages with the complex realities of her city.
The negative and dehumanizing language used by scientists discussing global HIV policy is sapping the soul of those on the receiving end. The call for an alternative language of nature and nurture must be heard.
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.
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.
Male western sex
tourists who have long plagued Ukraine are now capitalising on the
disappearance of local men, who have been called up to fight. Globalisation
combined with sexism has left Ukraine with soaring HIV infections and gender
A coalition of women human rights defenders
in Canada is demanding an end to state complicity, and a culture of impunity in
the genocidal violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited
Women from Colombia, Syria, Nicaragua and Iraq are implementing multi-layered prevention strategies in their communities against rape being used as a weapon of war, offering immediate protection and countering stigma.
We're living in an undeclared war, staring into the eyes of death daily. People
who don’t know the kind of insecurity women human rights defenders confront every day can’t
imagine how hope helps us to survive.
Sex education in British schools is failing to educate
children about consent and healthy relationships, or include LGBT issues and address
harmful gender stereotypes. Do the
government’s new plans go far enough?
that you put aside your ideological, political and religious differences and
fully recognize and affirm the human rights of women and girls and gender
justice. Nothing less. Lydia Alpizar speaking at the UN CSW
At the UN CSW
underway in New York, a statement signed by almost 1000 women’s
rights organizations calls out the lack of ambition for the scale of the issues
at stake, and for real resources and accountability.
From Kyrgyzstan to Brazil and Sri Lanka, young feminists are trying to shift the debate over sexual and reproductive rights away from a focus on population control and the family unit, to the right of women to have bodily autonomy.
The Prevention of Domestic Violence Act has opened up an important and
new discursive ‘space of struggle’ to debate patriarchal privilege, the
sanctity of the family, and the ‘meaning’ of domestic violence in Sri Lanka
Last month the results of a global survey on women living with HIV were published. The survey was designed
and conducted by women, and commissioned by the World Health Organisation. Will the findings be acted upon?
Recognising that we have reached a stalemate in dealing with violent men, and an impasse in policy and research on perpetrator programmes, there is fresh interest in whether men can be engaged in a process of change.
This feels like the first time that sex and
violence, football, capitalism and democracy have crashed into each other
in a perfect storm. Has the Ched Evans debacle not only shamed UK football, but
Penny’s latest book ‘Unspeakable Things’ touches upon the unspeakable: “how sex
and money and power police our dreams”, and why we need a mutiny against the
social, economic and sexual counter-revolution.
of HIV disclosure and subsequent violent reactions are experienced globally. We
know that rights-based approaches can create resilience and hope. So where is
the political courage and will to make them happen?