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.
Recipients of humanitarian awards often
invite controversy. In Pakistan, religious and political identities are valued
more than the contributions of such recipients. Malala Yousafzai may have the Nobel Peace Prize, but she
remains the target of criticism from Pakistani conservatives and also many
In an age of professionalization, both of politicians and of activists, the journey of self-taught politicization of the Focus E15 mothers is a remarkable one – and an example of genuine, grass-roots politics in Britain.
A group of young mothers have petitioned local government and occupied
abandoned homes in Newham, London, calling for ‘social housing not social cleansing’. Here they discuss the growing movement to combat the housing crisis and prevent evictions.
Every day, we see more
headlines documenting the severe rights abuses girls suffer. The primary cause
of death for girls age 15-19 is now suicide. As UN leaders open the debate on the
next frontier of global development, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity
to protect the human rights of girls.
concerned about the fact that we download a lot about ourselves yet upload very
little into mainstream media, no matter which media we are talking about”,
Sandra Mbanefo Obiago, Nigerian filmmaker and writer, speaks to Nana
Darkoa Sekyiamah about her passion for all forms of creativity.
Rolling out a seven mile knitted pink peace scarf between the Atomic Weapons
Establishment complexes at Aldermaston and Burghfield on Nagasaki Day may sound crazy. It isn't as insane as letting the UK government spend another £100 billion on
building a new nuclear weapons system to replace Trident.
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.
argues that the term ‘victim’ needs to be reclaimed by feminist politics;
whilst 'survivor' is important because it recognises the agency of women, it
focuses on individual capacity, but the notion of 'victim' reminds us of the
stranglehold of the system.