How can we address the global threat to women's rights with no
space for girls’ - or even women’s - voices at the UN? How will we design a
post-2015 framework that responds to the needs of the most marginalized?
Why is it that the homeland always rejects its most erudite children? Latefa Guemar pays tribute to the feminist writer remembered for her intellectual honesty and unflinching
stance against Algerian patriarchy, even from beyond its borders.
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?
Despite being circumscribed by an Islamist-military government, the NGO/civil society participation of progressive women in Sudan has become a quasi-movement in and of itself, representing a robust initiative on behalf of women and youth.
The raft of cuts affecting the women's
sector, and election promises made by Labour and the Conservatives not
to increase public spending, represent the biggest threat to domestic
violence services and to women’s lives.
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.
Across the UK different services are bearing the brunt of cuts in different areas. In Oxfordshire, the county which encompasses the Prime Minister's constituency, domestic violence and homelessness services are facing a staggering 38% cut in funding.
Caught in the cross-fire of political opportunism,
neo-liberal triumphalism and
geopolitical adventurism, feminist platforms are in retreat. Only a politics
of coalition building can avert their
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
Harriet Wistrich is a beacon in the darkness
that threatens to engulf the British legal system today with massive cuts in
legal aid, and the prevailing culture of disbelief of asylum seekers and women
Organising around a belief in feminism’s ability to
articulate and represent visions of peace and politics, a new generation of feminists is emerging to challenge
the traditional rigidity of Northern Irish politics.
Faced with unequal power relations at the negotiating
table and authoritarian consolidation, a member of the 50-committee explores how feminist voices achieved leverage when drafting the 2014 Egyptian Constitution to include article 11.
A basic right for
Iranian women could be guaranteed within an Islamic framework of governance
provided those in government were inclined to interpret the faith in the spirit
of equality, says Shirin Ebadi.
The last known message from the Egyptian activist Zainab Mahdy reads, " It's like we're digging in water...There is no
justice…I am aware of that…there is no victory coming…we are just lying to
ourselves so that we can live."
women the canaries in the coal mine, their ill treatment signalling larger
problems within a society? Or is there something deeper going on?
Might male-female relations actually be the coal mine itself?
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.
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.
There has been a global 'cascade' in commitments
to end violence against women. But the violence keeps happening. What
is needed is more support - nationally and internationally - for feminist organizations.
The war on women continues to manifest
itself in different forms and intensity globally; tarnishing all societies with
a ‘bloody stain’. In Iran, hard-liner interpretations of Islamic principles dictate
gender norms, violation of which can be fatal.
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.
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.