in adolescents. We’re not only the future, we’re the present, and we deserve to
be happy." Twelve year old Stephanie Mendez Asturias, from Guatemala, speaking at the UN ahead of International Day of the Girl Child.
VICE’s new women’s
interest website Broadly offers VICE a chance to shake off its reputation for the
‘hipster misogyny’ of Terry Richardson and ‘female writer suicide’ fashion
shoots. Here’s hoping they take it.
The opening of a Jack the Ripper Museum was not only insulting in how it
seemed to glorify the murder of women – it was a disservice to all of us
interested in local history and inclusive explorations of our past.
world military spending is driven by the profit motive of the arms
industry and politicians’ weaponized notion of ‘security’. But
women peace activists also hold militarized masculinity to account.
profile of today’s front line activist is different to that of the freedom
fighter of old. We need to see her in her wholeness. Jennifer Allsopp reports
from the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference in the Netherlands.
The Nation of the Lubicon Cree is on the frontlines of environmental destruction, as it challenges the forces behind resource extraction and environmental and cultural genocide, and seeks justice for all.
A coalition of women human rights defenders
in Canada is demanding an end to state complicity, and a culture of impunity in
the genocidal violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited
Without recognising the work
of women who seek to protect human rights domestically, the UK government risks
seeing the activist’s role as a stage of international development rather than
as a core function of democracy.
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.