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.
If you randomly pick a person on the street in a remote part of any
African country and ask them what they know about women’s rights, whatever the
tone of voice - angry or excited, they are likely to mention “Beijing”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Despite being circumscribed by an Islamist-military government, the NGO/civil society participation of progressive women in Sudan has become a quasi-movement in and of itself, representing a robust initiative on behalf of women and youth.
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.
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
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.
A basic right for
Iranian women could be guaranteed within an Islamic framework of governance
provided those in government were inclined to interpret the faith in the spirit
of equality, says Shirin Ebadi.
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?