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.
From Kyrgyzstan to Brazil and Sri Lanka, young feminists are trying to shift the debate over sexual and reproductive rights away from a focus on population control and the family unit, to the right of women to have bodily autonomy.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
We want to end violence against women, but is it
really preventable? New research from Uganda adds scientific muscle to the
political argument that we can, if we transform the gender power relations that
In Liberia 75% of those who have been infected or killed from Ebola are
women. Last month, a rapid
assessment and gender analysis of the outbreak concluded that a gendered
perspective on prevention, care, and post admission care is imperative.
As the political analysts get into their stride
over the Spanish Government's decision to back down over mediaeval reforms to the
current abortion law, citing everything from conspiracy theories to a feminist
victory, the Catholic Church has taken a beating and is busy churning out hate messages.
Are universities necessarily
transformative spaces for women students? Research at the University of Ibadan,
Nigeria, raises critical questions around how conservative gender norms are
replicated by young students, in particular in the burgeoning culture of
religious student organisations.
A young Guinean woman has become the sixth victim in three
years of ‘inhuman and degrading treatment’ in UK immigration detention, with
the High Court ruling that detention explicitly caused the disintegration of
her mental health.
It's twenty years since the US Congress passed the Violence Against
Women Act which right-wing
conservatives targeted as subversive, but which helped ignite a global movement
against all kinds of violence against women and girls.
double stigma faced by women who use drugs and are involved in prostitution,
means that they are a largely hidden group in the UK. New research argues that for those who wish to rebuild their lives, policy and services must address these issues together.
the annihilation of religious minorities in Iraq is being systematically
enacted, we cannot ignore how the intersection of religious affiliation, gender
and geographic location are influencing both the nature of violence perpetrated
and its outcomes. Feminists cannot remain silent on the atrocities
perpetrated on minority women’s bodies
bill, together with moves by some police departments in American cities to end
the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution, has given hope to activists
fighting to reduce the spread of HIV, secure human rights for sex workers, and
to decriminalize sex work.
a 50% increase in AIDS-related deaths among young people, AIDS is now the second leading cause of their deaths. At the conclusion of the AIDS 2014 Conference, Alice
Welbourn is left wondering whether anything is going to change in the HIV world
for young women - and their children.
Ending forced marriage and FGM
within a generation cannot be done without addressing the harder issues, such as
the impact of austerity measures, immigration controls and religious
fundamentalisms. Hannana Siddiqui reports on the concerns of BME groups for
women following the GIRL Summit last week.
In 2011 the UN General Assembly resolved to halve
the number of people who inject drugs being diagnosed with HIV. Silvia Petretti writes from
her own experience, and asks why the needs and rights of women who use drugs are
being overlooked at this year's International AIDS
President Yoweri Museveni was once globally admired
for mobilising an HIV response in Uganda founded upon compassion and shared
responsibility. So what happened? We need to look back in time in order to
comprehend the devastating scale of Uganda’s backslide in HIV prevention, care