Last weekend two
generations of international feminists met at a conference in Berlin designed
to prompt fresh thinking on Marxist feminist theory and inspire the renewal of
a socialist feminist movement.
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?
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.
Inclusion and representation are at the centre of the many struggles for women's human rights, and are equally important in multigenerational organising to maintain the rhythm and longevity of our feminisms.
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?
In a conflict situation, humiliation of the
enemy is frequently gendered. Yet the
quasi-Orientalist tropes through which the west views Ukraine refracts both the
country’s gender inequalities and its complicated feminist movements.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
Right-wing discourse in Hungarian politics
is matched by the government’s regressive handling of gender issues, as
structural violence against the socially marginalised interplays with violence
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.
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.
The murder of Loretta Saunders, a young scholar who researched missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, reveals the structural violence that compounds violence against women, and the stinging injustice of Canada’s 825 lost Aboriginal women.
Navigating between cooperation and confrontation vis-à-vis institutions
of power, as WILPF approaches its centenary it must continue to avoid cooptation
into a system that produces the violence it abhors.
article on "imperialist feminism" accuses the US women's movement of
being a cheerleader for American empire from the war in Afghanistan to the
present. Is this a sectarian strategy that misses the target and attacks the liberals instead of the right?
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?
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.
A new poll reveals that 19% of women in London have been
physically abused and 32% have been verbally harassed on public transport. The behaviour of perpetrators should be
tackled, rather than the freedom of women curtailed. It's time to involve
women in designing safe transport.
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.
The increased violence against young women human rights defenders needs to be matched by funders prepared to respond more directly to the priorities identified by young people. Ruby Johnson says shifting the framework of how funders work with young people is essential.