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?
Sexualised and gender-based violence in Iraq,
highlighted in recent weeks in relation to ISIS atrocities, has been at the
heart of sectarian and authoritarian politics and developments since 2003. How
can we talk about it and mobilise against it?
Right-wing discourse in Hungarian politics
is matched by the government’s regressive handling of gender issues, as
structural violence against the socially marginalised interplays with violence
The failure of
police to take seriously the young victims of sexual abuse in Rotherham who
reported the crime, reveals the way in which who is and isn't taken seriously
ties in with who is and isn't deemed worthless in Britain.
A decade on from the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004,
progressive policy, laws and attitudes
are being undermined by draconian cuts to legal aid which are drastically reducing
access to legislation put in place to protect women against violence.
Domestic violence shows no sign of abating. There is growing recognition that working with male
perpetrators - alongside intervention and protection for women - is essential to reducing the violence that kills two women every week.
The much-hyped launch of a
new gun-shooting video game this month reveals the thread of
gender linking socially-endorsed militarism to criminal sexual assault. Where are the social programmes that would address the reshaping of masculinity?
Poverty, misogyny, and Christian fundamentalism in El Salvador lie behind the prison sentences of up to forty years handed down to seventeen women who were arrested for the crime of abortion, but sentenced for murder.
The Reclaim the Night marches through night-time city centres tap into a righteous and rising anger, and are a way to highlight that women have a human right to live free from the threat or reality of male violence.
At the core of a
global pandemic of violence against women rage two defining features of
patriarchy: male privilege and male violence. Ché Ramsden argues that we must dig deeper to dismantle
the culture(s) which make it acceptable to hate women.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
If we are to have any chance of addressing
trafficking, we should work towards the elimination
of labour recruitment fees; advocate for a global minimum wage; and look at
ways of criminalizing the knowing or reckless use of the services of a victim
must conceptualise the epidemic levels of sexual violence in post-revolutionary
Egypt at least partly as “state violence”, and resist the state’s attempt to
selectively appropriate women’s rights. Every post-revolutionary Egyptian regime has the blood of women on
many of us watch in horror as ISIS advances, and fundamentalist ideas spread
across religious traditions around the world, Maryam Namazie and Marieme Hélie-Lucas - secular feminists from
Iran and Algeria - told Karima Bennoune why they are convening the
Conference in London.