Over 300 abused women have signed a
statement opposing Sharia courts and religious bodies, warning of the growing
threat to their rights and to their collective struggles for security and
the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians by ISIS in Libya associated with a
broader political project of cleansing the region of religious minorities?
Would this not deserve demonstrations of solidarity?
Recent law reform initiatives on sexual crimes against
children in Turkey reveal the growing danger for women and girls, and the need to
interrogate the myths and biases underlying the “our culture” discourse.
‘Honour killings’ represent the tragic consequences of the
failure to tackle honour based violence. Greater state
action in supporting black feminist leadership, and ensuring protection and
provision is essential.
confidence among resurgent Sikh fundamentalist networks in the UK was evident
in recent protests against inter-faith marriage. A desire to control Sikh
women’s relationship choices is a key focal point for their mobilisation.
long-established conservative media frames the terms of abortion politics in
Ireland. The pro-choice activism challenges dominant discourses with the
inclusivity and diversity of the movement demonstrating
intersectionality in practice.
the UK’s Sharia Review resemble the sharia ‘courts’: secretive procedures and discriminatory
advisors? Are the Home Office and the Church ignoring conflicts of interest and
evidence of discrimination?
Tax just had to find out who they were - the revolutionary women of Rojava,
bearing arms against ISIS, building a new world...she had to find their story,
for herself, and in her new book, for us.
in the UK and the West raises many questions and challenges: integration of migrant communities,
ensuring adherence to State laws, the role of Sharia courts and balancing
freedom of religion and gender equality.
with the escalation of violence against women across the world requires
a wider adoption of a feminist approach to working at the nexus of development,
religious fundamentalisms and women’s rights.
In a cynical ploy, conservative religious groups based in the Global North now frame reproductive rights advocacy in the
Global South as the neocolonialist imposition of a uniquely western value
'Traumatised into feminism,' Mona Eltahawy speaks of her
decision to unveil and understanding that
'Muslim women’s bodies are the medium upon which culture is engraved, be it
through headscarves or cutting.'
government's programme to counter violent extremism hands
religious fundamentalists the gift of a narrative of victimhood, narrowing the political space for secular feminists and others
to challenge fundamentalism.
There is a crisis-level need for shelter in Iraq, so why does the Iraqi government maintain
a policy that stymies critically needed temporary housing and threatens the
safety of those willing to provide it?
As the autumn political agenda gets off the
ground in Spain with this weekend's vote on Catalunyan independence and the forthcoming General Election, will
the antiquated education system get a look in?
Jeremy Corbyn's Working with Women policy document has been well received by feminists, but the silence on the intersectionality of religious fundamentalism
and women’s oppression, and on prostitution, raises questions.