Femicide: the unrelenting epidemic

Written by Sarah Rennie Content Warning: Violence Against Women & Femicide Throughout the nineties and early 2000s, Ciudad Juárez (a Mexican city just south of El Paso, Texas) made the headlines for the deaths of numerous women. In 1993, the first crimes were reported, as bodies were found on the outskirts of the city ManyContinue reading “Femicide: the unrelenting epidemic”

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”

The Exploitation and Fetishism of the Black Female Body: How Popular Media Continues Centuries of Ra

Photo by Jeanne Menjoulet on Flickr The fetishisation of black women’s bodies is attributed to colonial times when black women were presented as hypersexualised, promiscuous wantons. As explained by Nefertari Bilal, when European colonisers travelled to Africa they met women who, to cope with the hotter climate, wore revealing clothes. Their exposed bodies contradicted theContinue reading “The Exploitation and Fetishism of the Black Female Body: How Popular Media Continues Centuries of Ra”

Caught in the Crosshairs

On August 31st, while exiting the office of a Rabati based Gynecologist, Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni and her Sudanese fiancé were arrested on the grounds that she had just received an illegal abortion. The pair were subsequently detained at a police station in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat before being brought before a prosecutor onContinue reading “Caught in the Crosshairs”

The USA’s new “domestic gag rule” and the impending damage to citizens’ lives

Citizens campaigning for protection of Planned Parenthood in Ohio. Source: Wikimedia Commons. On 22 February, the Trump administration announced the final version of their new Title X regulations. The changes to the public law are being labeled as the United States’ ‘domestic gag rule’ by sexual health advocates, due to the restrictions now set onContinue reading “The USA’s new “domestic gag rule” and the impending damage to citizens’ lives”

States, NGOs and the UN Get Ready for CSW63

As the Commission on the Status of Women prepares to open in New York, Jessica Craig looks at the upcoming event, the Commission’s history and its historical successes as a forum for advocacy for gender equality. Between 11th and 22nd March, representatives of the United Nations member states, UN entities and non-governmental organisations will gatherContinue reading “States, NGOs and the UN Get Ready for CSW63”

‘If he beats you, it means he loves you’: Domestic Assault Law and Russian Culture

Source: Sergey Fadeichev/ TASS Sign translation: (right) All women need are their fundamental human rights! (middle) To the victims of violence – protection and support! In a country where one woman dies every 40 minutes as a result of domestic violence, there is an almost ubiquitous acceptance of abuse in Russian culture and increasingly inContinue reading “‘If he beats you, it means he loves you’: Domestic Assault Law and Russian Culture”

40 years after legalised abortion, Italian women face restrictions on access to abortion

On 4 October 2018, a motion to declare Verona a ‘pro-life city’ was approved by the city council. Motion 434, which was proposed by Alberto Zelger of the Lega Nord party, calls for public funding for pro-life groups and for campaigns to encourage pregnant women to consider adoption over abortion. The vote was met withContinue reading “40 years after legalised abortion, Italian women face restrictions on access to abortion”

Equal Rights for Women to Fight

On 25 October 2018, history was made as the final barrier to women in the military service was broken down with the announcement that all roles in the armed forces are open to women recruits in the UK. The defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, announced on the planes of Salisbury (home to the defence training estate)Continue reading “Equal Rights for Women to Fight”

Why We Won’t Stop Fighting: Hope in the Form of Men like Recent Nobel Prize Winner Denis Mukwege

Reasons to keep marching on after the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Doctor Mukwege, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Source: The Right Livelihood Award On 6 October 2018, the United States Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacant position left on the United States Supreme Court by the retirement ofContinue reading “Why We Won’t Stop Fighting: Hope in the Form of Men like Recent Nobel Prize Winner Denis Mukwege”