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?
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.
that you put aside your ideological, political and religious differences and
fully recognize and affirm the human rights of women and girls and gender
justice. Nothing less. Lydia Alpizar speaking at the UN CSW
Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration
and Platform for Action - a pivotal moment in the women’s human rights movement -
governments are arguably less able to serve as torch-bearers than celebrities,
philanthropists and popular icons.
At the UN CSW
underway in New York, a statement signed by almost 1000 women’s
rights organizations calls out the lack of ambition for the scale of the issues
at stake, and for real resources and accountability.
Women in Yarl’s Wood
immigration detention centre have become increasingly desperate as repeated
rounds of legal aid cuts introduced by the UK Government have
made it more difficult for them to access justice.
incompetent policies and hierarchical understandings of rights dominate global
economic governance programmes. Integrating a feminist political economy into
the analysis reveals the interconnections of structural
inequalities that underlie women’s subordination.
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
Globally the British government is pushing for better
protections for women, yet the same protections are unavailable to those seeking asylum. Asylum Aid is asking why a quarter of women’s claims are overturned on appeal.
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?
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?
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
Penny’s latest book ‘Unspeakable Things’ touches upon the unspeakable: “how sex
and money and power police our dreams”, and why we need a mutiny against the
social, economic and sexual counter-revolution.
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.
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."
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.
A decade on from the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004,
progressive policy, laws and attitudes
are being undermined by draconian cuts to legal aid which are drastically reducing
access to legislation put in place to protect women against violence.
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?
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.