foreign policy is au courant, but
what does it mean in practice? Foreign
policy informed by feminist analysis must confront masculine hegemonies in
state military-industrial complexes that fuel and fund conflicts.
Without recognising the work
of women who seek to protect human rights domestically, the UK government risks
seeing the activist’s role as a stage of international development rather than
as a core function of democracy.
The new book Men
in Charge? shows that the assumption that God gave men authority
over women is a theological fiction that became a legal fiction, whose main
function now is to sustain gender inequality.
religious fundamentalism is a dangerous political activity. It is not a
distraction from ‘real’ politics - the demands of social justice and civil liberties - but a pre-condition
for achieving them.
Last weekend two
generations of international feminists met at a conference in Berlin designed
to prompt fresh thinking on Marxist feminist theory and inspire the renewal of
a socialist feminist movement.
Can Turkey's government eschew gender equality, demonise the country's dynamic women's movement, and still prevent
gender-based violence? Can a party that rejects gender equality be a force for democratisation?
In conversations with Karima Bennoune, Tunisian intellectual Amel Grami shares her analysis of the political crisis in Tunisia during the rule of the Ennahda party, and the strategies needed to defeat fundamentalism.
The fight to protect the world's girls, whether from sexual
exploitation or abduction, is not about saving individuals. It is about
profound structural change in the
hierarchical power relations of patriarchy.
Egyptian Government’s anti-terrorism measures
are causing subtle but significant shifts in Cairo’s vibrant
informal service sector - illustrated through the experiences of
one middle-class resident and her long-serving part-time cleaner. Read part one of this two-part article: The maid's story.
The Egyptian Government’s anti-terrorism measures are causing subtle but significant shifts in Cairo’s vibrant
informal service sector- illustrated through the experiences of
one middle-class resident and her long-serving part-time cleaner. Read part two of this two-part article: The madame's story.
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
Inclusion and representation are at the centre of the many struggles for women's human rights, and are equally important in multigenerational organising to maintain the rhythm and longevity of our feminisms.
past four World Conferences on Women have galvanized activism and
strengthened women's movement building. Now is the time to assess and rethink the
decision not to convene a 5th global gathering of women.
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?
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.
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.
The responses by Saadia
Toor and Deepa
Kumar to Meredith
depend on a one-dimensional and tired discussion of a collusive feminism as the continuing source of
justifications for imperialism.
The column Saïd Mekbel published the day before he was assassinatedin 1994remains sadly topical today - recalling murdered
journalists everywhere. Republished in tribute to the people killed today at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
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.
civilians have been tried in military courts in the three years since the
revolution than during the whole of Mubarak’s authoritarian rule. What
happened to the revolutionary cry for “bread, freedom and justice”?
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?