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 less than four years, the women’s umbrella organisation,
Kongira Star, has set up an autonomous, grassroots, democratic structure which
has resulted in shifting patriarchal mindsets and reversing gender
discriminatory laws. Part 3.
Bengali middle class
society is seen as casteless because caste violence lacks visibility. One woman’s
story of working as a teacher shows how caste intersects with gender to reproduce
Travelling in Rojava is to witness the ways in which the different commitments to the revolution present a
conundrum. How can one system satisfy the vast differences in human
aspirations? Part 2. Part 1.
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
Patriarchy, racism and capitalism are connected. Yet without an
intersectional approach, movements forget marginalised people. Addressing
Southbank Centre's WOW Festival, Kimberlé Crenshaw insisted that solidarity
from allies is an entitlement.
Cáceres’s assassination is a painful reminder of
the way in which a trinity of corporate, government and military interests creates a tapestry of capitalist power structures, making for an often deadly struggle.
Annual Million Women Rise
marches, started in 2007 by Sabrina Qureshi, give a platform and
visibility to women worldwide at the forefront of experiencing, and combatting, violence against women and children.
With the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women underway in New York, the decision by the US to support sexual and reproductive health and rights - at last - presents a real opportunity to move the agenda forward.
INGOs moving their HQs to the Global South will not alter the management
problems with international development and human rights work, manifest in
elitist decision-making and unequal resource distribution.
Female students in Delhi are protesting against their hostels resembling prisons - arguing that restricting women’s freedom is not a way to ensure
safety: it is society that must be made safe for women.
At the World Court of Women meeting held in Bangalore witnesses to violence and injustice highlighted political lessons and resistance, asking that we all take responsibility to oppose the unending wars against women.
'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.'
old oppression founded on gender, race, cultural group, and socio-economic
class is being challenged by Romani women who are combating their public and
private marginalization through initiatives embedded within the Roma identity.