Asian Identity During the Coronavirus Pandemic: How Fear Is Exposing Xenophobic Bigotry

Written by Depali Rai As a British Asian, from the very beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, I had felt silent calculations forming in the heads of strangers I passed on the streets, waited on station platforms with and rode on buses alongside. Was I Chinese? Had I recently been abroad? Did I exhibit any symptoms?Continue reading “Asian Identity During the Coronavirus Pandemic: How Fear Is Exposing Xenophobic Bigotry”

How Judo Lessons In India Are Empowering Women Against Sexual Assault

Written by Siobhan Ali Rape has been a persistent and prevalent issue in India with more than 32,500 cases brought to the police in 2017 alone and many more going unreported. According to data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the state of Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of reported cases inContinue reading “How Judo Lessons In India Are Empowering Women Against Sexual Assault”

Opinion: The Case For Breaking Up Big Pharma

Written by Adam Rektor-Polánek Photo via Pixabay.com. The outbreak of Coronavirus has shined a light on many uncomfortable truths about the world we live in. For example, the ways in which popular media feed off sensationalist, spectacle-centred reporting that leads to mass panic. Or how easily this panic then transforms into racist attacks, in thisContinue reading “Opinion: The Case For Breaking Up Big Pharma”

Conflict, Climate, and the Congo

By Leonie Malin Degraded forest in the area of Yangambi, DRC. Photo by Axel Fassio/CIFOR via Flickr. While newsrooms continue to be consumed by the chaos caused by the uncontrollable spread of the coronavirus, other relevant (and more lethal) issues are being swept under the rug. Countries with a history of civil conflicts and aContinue reading “Conflict, Climate, and the Congo”

Fear Is No Excuse for Forgetting Humanity

WHO is concerned about Human Rights during the novel coronavirus epidemic? By Pippa Davis The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken 2,711 lives in China with 80,419 infections reported and the number growing, domestically and internationally, every day. Such statistics are at the forefront of every news site, but the issues being overlooked are those ofContinue reading “Fear Is No Excuse for Forgetting Humanity”

Refugees or Migrants? A critical Distinction

Climate change = more climate refugees. #Melbourne Climate Strike IMG_5187 Source: John Englart, via flickr On January 7th a milestone decision was delivered by the UN Human Rights Committee asserting that world governments cannot deport individuals whose human rights are at risk of being violated due to the climate crisis, effectively granting them the rightContinue reading “Refugees or Migrants? A critical Distinction”

How Revolution is Giving Lebanon’s Women a Voice

Article by Saskia Giraud-Reeves Within Lebanese society and its political system, women are consistently underrepresented. However, the protests that have been sweeping the nation since the government introduced a new tax measure earlier this year on the 17th of October have provided an opportunity for Lebanese women to not only express their political views butContinue reading “How Revolution is Giving Lebanon’s Women a Voice”

Women’s Protests in Iran and the Relationship between Social Media and Activism

Women recorded holding her hijab aloft in protest in December 2017, via video on BBC. On International Women’s Day this year, three women were arrested in Iran. They were protesting the laws that make it compulsory to wear a hijab at all times by taking theirs off in a Tehran subway. The women were subsequentlyContinue reading “Women’s Protests in Iran and the Relationship between Social Media and Activism”

A Husband’s Prerogative or a Human Rights Violation?: Navigating the Waters of Spousal Rape

Photo by Emmy Vessa on Flickr The definition of spousal rape is tricky, in part due to the traditional perception of marriage which awarded sexual favours to husbands, and also due to the religious and cultural beliefs of different communities. Classified as a form of domestic abuse, marital rape is not discussed enough but remainsContinue reading “A Husband’s Prerogative or a Human Rights Violation?: Navigating the Waters of Spousal Rape”