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28 December 2017
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Ni Una Menos (or “Not one [woman] less”) demonstrations in Argentina against machismo and femicides. Ni Una Menos (or “Not one [woman] less”) demonstrations in Argentina against machismo and femicides. Photo: Gabby De Cicco.In 2017, women all over the world led protests against threats to our rights from gender inequality and domestic violence, to everyday sexism and femicide.

Here are images – of huge, coordinated demonstrations, and small, local actions – from Germany to Argentina, Malaysia to Tunisia.


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8 December 2017
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The organising team from Sisters in Islam sported shirts reading “Muslim Women Speak.” Credit: CSBR.“Cats are cute, catcalls are not”; “Don’t keep calm and stop sexual harassment”; “My name is not baby.” These were some of the slogans on signs floating above a group of about 40 people gathered at Petaling Jaya city council square, in greater Kuala Lumpur last month.

The university students and activists chose to highlight fights against street harassment in the Malaysian capital as part of the annual ‘One Day One Struggle’ campaign, on 9 November, organised by the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies.

Armed with audio samples of common verbal insults and catcalls, they invited passersby to listen, share their own experiences, and show support for the anti-harassment campaign.

“Cats are cute, catcalls are not”

One of the organisers Andi Suraidah said the action was inspired by “rising awareness as a result of #MeToo campaign globally.” She said: “The time could not have been better to ride on the campaign by bringing it to the local level.”

“As a woman, being harassed on the street is not uncommon,” she said, describing having to wear “clothes that will attract less attention... Explore

23 August 2017
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The smells, sounds, and colours of the latin market in north London’s Seven Sisters area are part of the culture that community members and traders have mobilised to defend. The local authority and a developer aim to transform this area into yet another enclave of “unaffordable” flats and chain stores.

From the corridors where children play to cumbia dances, these photos reflect the culture and the lives at stake in this fight.


Children play and teenagers hang out in the market’s many corridors. On either side, small units on two floors contain restaurants, beauty salons, and stores selling Latin American food, clothes, African fabrics or telenovelas.


The latest Latin American mega hits are generally playing and sometimes people sing to them or start dancing. The balconies of the market are inspired by Pueblito Paisa, a miniature replica of a typical Antioquia village, located outside... Explore

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A soldier stands guard in front of the displaced community, as a helicopter arrives in Pie de Pató, Colombia. Foto: Mauricio Morales/¡Pacifista!

This article has been published as part of the partnership between ¡PACIFISTA! and democraciaAbierta. You can read the original article here.

He says, four times.

Then he thinks again and says no, five times.

Don Pedro doesn’t remember too well how many times the war has forced him to leave his home in Peña Azul in the country’s Choco region - a small village on the banks of the River Baudó, and surrounded by jungle. But every time it has happened, he has been wrapped in rain and stuck to the mud.

Like everyone here, he speaks to me very quietly, and he doesn’t say much, but he manages to tell me what happened in his town on 3 March this year, an incident that from one day to the next forced 527 people to leave the area like a stampede of animals.

For many decades, the story of the war in Colombia has, unfortunately, been a story with many different and varying accounts. This is certainly true in the case of Peña Azul and its surrounding communities, as its inhabitants remember... Explore

17 March 2017

Foto por Aitor Sáez. Todos los derechos reservados.

Este artículo es producto de la alianza entre ¡PACIFISTA! y DemocraciaAbierta. Lea el contenido original aquí.

Tumaco es la región del país con más cultivos de coca, en total 16.920 según cifras oficiales, pero para el contraalmirante Carlos Serrano, comandante de la Fuerza de Tarea Poseidón contra el Narcotráfico, el número de hectáreas podría alcanzar los 29.000 mil.

Por Tumaco se exporta el 60% de la cocaína que sale de Colombia hacia Estados Unidos. Cada mes salen toneladas de cocaína, listas para ser comercializadas en el exterior, pero la cadena empieza con los campesinos.

Don José, uno de los campesinos cocaleros de la vereda Santa Rosa, ubicada a una hora de Tumaco en lancha rápida por el río Mexicano, siempre ha sabido que la planta es ilegal, pero, según afirma, sin vías en su tierra para poder comercializar los productos y sin oportunidades laborales ni empresarios que volteen a mirar ese confín del país, consideró que la mejor alternativa era sembrar coca. “estamos dispuestos a sustituir los cultivos siempre que haya un compromiso real. El gobierno solo viene aquí en helicóptero para dañarnos las plantas, dispararnos y acusarnos de guerrilleros” afirma uno de los cultivadores.

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17 March 2017
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Photo by Aitor Sáez. All rights reserved.

This article was originally published for ¡PACIFISTA! 

Colombia’s Tumaco region has the country’s highest number of coca plantations: 16,920 hectares according to official figures. But according to Rear Admiral Carlos Serrano, commander of the Fuerza de Tarea Poseidón (a drug-trafficking task force), the number of hectares could reach up to 29,000.

The region exports 60% of Colombia's cocaine bound for the United States. Every month there are tonnes of cocaine, ready to be marketed abroad, but the beginning of this supply chain is the peasant farmers.

Don José, one of the coca farmers of Santa Rosa, one hour away from Tumaco by speedboat, has always known that the plant is illegal, but, he says, with no roads connecting to his land to be able to market other products and job opportunities or interested entrepreneurs in the peripheries of the country, the best alternative is growing coca. “We are willing to replace crops, as long as there is a real commitment to support us. The government only comes here by helicopter to damage our crops, shoot us and accuse us of being guerrillas”, says one of the farmers.

The coca leaf is collected every 3 months, whereas as alternatives such as cocao, banana or coconut is harvested... Explore

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Sara, 50, fled her family at age 13 to escape sexual abuse at the hands of her uncle. With no education or opportunities, she became drug dependent and worked in the sex trade, and was eventually arrested for selling small quantities of crack to support her own consumption. Out of desperation, she attempted to bribe the police officer arresting her for selling drugs with the equivalent of US$3.75. She is currently serving a combined seven-year plea-bargained sentence for the two offences.



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2 December 2015

“Autonomy means that we will live in our own way, with our own rules, our own culture and our own identity. I support this from my heart.”  – Narin, resident of Farqîn

All images: Kurdish Solidarity Network. All rights reserved.In August 2015, the city of Farqîn (Silvan in Turkish) declared autonomy from the state. Barricades were erected on the streets of three neighbourhoods of the city—Mescit, Tekel and Konak—defended by armed people’s protection teams. The Turkish state responded by using intense violence and imposing a series of curfews, culminating in a 12-day siege of the neighbourhoods in November. An official from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) threatened that “the security forces will erase the three Silvan neighbourhoods from the map”.

On 20 and 21 November 2015, we travelled to Farqîn in solidarity with the residents of the city. The intention of our visit was to document the police and military violence (in contrast to biased reports in the Turkish media, depicting the people of Farqîn as terrorists), to see firsthand the destruction that was caused, and to let our Kurdish friends know that we support them in their struggle for autonomy.

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4 June 2015

All images: Sarah Carr. All rights reserved.

On Sunday the improbably named Ray Dolphin gave us a crash course on the occupation at the headquarters of the United Nations office for Humanitarian Affairs for the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The headquarters is a beautiful old building with a verdant garden in which there is a pagoda and well-manicured borders.

It is where Moshe Dayan and his Jordanian counterpart drew out the Green Line, so called because they used a green pen. Ray says that the table they used to do this wasn’t leveled, causing inaccuracies of inches on the map that translated into kilometres in reality.

Ray bombarded us with a litany of depressing facts. He told us that almost a year after Israel destroyed 12,000 homes in Gaza during its war on the Strip there has been almost no reconstruction. Some families have simply returned to the ruins of their homes and pitched tents. In October 2014 countries loudly pledged millions for the reconstruction of Gaza during a donor conference in Cairo. Not much of it seems to have translated into anything of substance.

And in any case even if it did, Israel hasn’t let construction materials into the Strip since 2007 because, it says, Hamas would use it to build bunkers. The tunnels between Egypt and Gaza on which the latter’s economy depended are now all closed, as is the... Explore

11 November 2014

Zia X - activist and psychogeographer. From Fierce, by Ajamu. Zia X - activist and psychogeographer. From Fierce, by Ajamu. All rights reserved.

I'm sitting for Ajamu, for a portrait for his new series: Fierce: Portraits of Young Black Queers. As a half-caste camp kid, I'm used to being observed. Eyes have expectations. They try to school you. How to walk, talk: your presence in most public places is greeted as a question. 

So I'm nervous. I try to stare Ajamu down behind the lens of the camera, attempting to shake the stiltedness. He's tall-ish, a stocky punk, with a silver nose stud and Docs. He's quick to smile, and never too far away from a laugh. Soon I'm laughing too. Before I know it, he's got me striking poses, slapping on make-up, flinging on outfits I've brought along.

By the end, I feel stunning. I'm wearing a beaded dress I inherited from my mother, and a spot of golden lipstick. My eyes are darkened with eyeliner. He's behind the camera, snapping away, and I reflect on the project, on what it means to be Fierce.

Ajamu's work explores, records, represents and challenges the diversity of what it is to be queer or trans and black. Fierce: Portraits of Young Black Queers is, in his own words, trying to address “a paucity of celebratory, distinctive and aspirational images across the UK which reflect the richness and diversity of the Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans... Explore