Importing Western Gender Codes: How South Asia’s Trans Communities are Still Experiencing the Effects of British Colonial Rule

With Rishi Sunak’s plan to revisit protections given to trans people in Britain by the 2010 Equality Act, and the PM’s less than promising voting record on LGBTQ+ issues, there has been understandable anxiety in Britain about what the future holds for the transgender community. As these concerns continue to circulate here, it is important to remember that Britain’s historical and contemporary engagement with LGBTQ+ rights affects individuals not just in the UK, but around the globe owing to Britain’s history of colonial…

The Ethics of Summit: the Commodification of the Sherpa People

Mountaineers seeking to summit Everest have always relied on Sherpa guides and porters to lead the way. Despite their critical role in ensuring the success of a summit, Sherpas have historically been regarded as subordinate to the very foreign climbers they help. More than just an issue of representation, the proliferation of mountaineering in theContinue reading “The Ethics of Summit: the Commodification of the Sherpa People”

Child brides: the global victims of gender-based violence

Photo credit: ‘Girls Not Brides Global Member Meeting’ by Hassan Ouazzani via Flickr By Louisa Campbell The reality of child marriage pervades young girls’ lives across the globe. Child brides are more likely to be victims of domestic, sexual and physical violence as well as less likely to finish their education. This harsh reality isContinue reading “Child brides: the global victims of gender-based violence”

Myanmar: The Fervour, The Courage, and The Seriousness

Photo by Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash By Jack McGrath On the 1st of February 2021, the Tatmadaw – Myanmar’s military – seized control of their government. They were led by Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmese armed forces: the man, almost undoubtedly, most responsible for the ethnic cleansing of Myanmar’s Rohingya people.  OfContinue reading “Myanmar: The Fervour, The Courage, and The Seriousness”

Myanmar: Pro-democracy demonstrators’ winning the social media battle to keep hopes alive

Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images By Louise Palmer The rise of social media as a platform for organised resistance has changed the context in which all authority operates. Apps such as Facebook and Tik Tok have the potential to mobilize greater numbers of people in less time than ever before. One of the bestContinue reading “Myanmar: Pro-democracy demonstrators’ winning the social media battle to keep hopes alive”

Air Pollution and Rights to Clean Air: Disproportionate Rates of Premature Mortality in Women

Photo by Quinn Buffing on Unsplash Written by Jessica Harris During the first few months of spring this year, banana bread and elaborate recipes flooded social media platforms as homebound citizens were combatting boredom under national lockdowns. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, much of the developed world has spent more time in the kitchen, claiming the spaceContinue reading “Air Pollution and Rights to Clean Air: Disproportionate Rates of Premature Mortality in Women”

Forgotten in Concentration Camps

Early picture from the “re-education” camps in Xinjiang uploaded to WeChat. Retrieved from Since the beginning of mass quarantines in China as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, China’s draconian policies addressing the spread of the virus have come under scrutiny. Since its discovery in China’s Hubei region, the virus has quickly spread acrossContinue reading “Forgotten in Concentration Camps”

Forgetting the Forever War

By MacKenZie Rumage Air Force Airman Holding Refugee Child in Dar Ul Aman, Kabul by Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr., April 8, 2007 via Flickr On Saturday, March 1, the United States and the Taliban signed a peace deal after a week-long semi-cease fire and months of negotiations. The peace deal comes after President Donald TrumpContinue reading “Forgetting the Forever War”

Opinion: A Street Fight With Authoritarianism

Protestors clash with police, via Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times 22 years ago, Hong Kong was handed back to China. The Chinese promise was that they would allow us to have our own autonomy until 2047, upholding the ‘One Country, Two systems’ until then. The recent proposal of an extradition bill backedContinue reading “Opinion: A Street Fight With Authoritarianism”

Who are the North Sentinelese?

In November 2018, the eyes of the world turned with fascination to a small island in the Bay of Bengal after an American missionary named John Allen Chau met his death there at the hands of the native people. This article will explore the history of North Sentinel Island and its mysterious inhabitants, examining theContinue reading “Who are the North Sentinelese?”