confidence among resurgent Sikh fundamentalist networks in the UK was evident
in recent protests against inter-faith marriage. A desire to control Sikh
women’s relationship choices is a key focal point for their mobilisation.
As feminist thinkers and activists, we must tackle
not only the systemic discrimination embedded in the world outside, but the often
unconscious or invisible biases that we ourselves have internalized. Part 1. Part 2.
New Zealand was the first country in the world to pass national nuclear-free legislation. Marilyn Waring reflects on how Dr. Helen Caldicott’s influence culminated in the passage of the cornerstone of New Zealand’s foreign policy.
Beyond the reach of the internet and television in northern Brazil, feminist
activism in the forests, on the boats and in the camps is sowing the seeds of a
revolutionary and decolonial movement. Read Part 1.
With police violence against Black communities giving rise
to the #Blacklivesmatter campaign, anniversaries of civil rights victories are an opportunity to bring to
light the invisible actors behind historic moments.
abandonment lies at the intersect of immigration and patriarchal control,
allowing abusers and states to enjoy impunity for violations committed against
women in transnational spaces.
In less than four years, the women’s umbrella organisation,
Kongira Star, has set up an autonomous, grassroots, democratic structure which
has resulted in shifting patriarchal mindsets and reversing gender
discriminatory laws. Part 3.
Patriarchy, racism and capitalism are connected. Yet without an
intersectional approach, movements forget marginalised people. Addressing
Southbank Centre's WOW Festival, Kimberlé Crenshaw insisted that solidarity
from allies is an entitlement.
Annual Million Women Rise
marches, started in 2007 by Sabrina Qureshi, give a platform and
visibility to women worldwide at the forefront of experiencing, and combatting, violence against women and children.
With opposition to
Trident growing, the British government has refused to join this week's UN multilateral nuclear
disarmament talks on practical measures to build global security without
European feminists struggle to
navigate a contentious cultural debate as political elites, Pegida and the
twittersphere frame the arrival of refugees as a threat to gender equality and western culture.
'Traumatised into feminism,' Mona Eltahawy speaks of her
decision to unveil and understanding that
'Muslim women’s bodies are the medium upon which culture is engraved, be it
through headscarves or cutting.'
Feminists have long
critiqued the fashion industry, which has often responded by – at best – co-opting
feminism as a ‘brand’ in order to sell products. Can the two ever genuinely
engage with each other?