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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
The two versions of Oscar Pistorius presented by
the state and the defence fit into a wider narrative of South African
patriarchy, and not the other way around; solutions must therefore come from
beyond the Pistorius trial.
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?
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.
Will the G20 adopt
an approach that meets human rights standards for economic growth at the
Brisbane Summit? More representation of women at the governance level is essential. Who is at the table
global feminism that transcends narrow national, cultural, religious and
social boundaries is crucial. Radha Bhatt says that if feminism is to mean
anything it must extend solidarity to those who are resisting oppression in a
variety of different contexts.
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.