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”

Imran Khan claims victory after a violent election period plagues Pakistan

Former cricketer Imran Khan appears set to become Pakistan’s next prime minister, according to the results of Wednesday’s election. The election result marks a transition of leadership from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party (PML-N) of the ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Khan’s Pakistan Justice Movement (PTI), which promoted an anti-corruption agenda in itsContinue reading “Imran Khan claims victory after a violent election period plagues Pakistan”

The Belfast Rape Trial and Women’s Rights in Ireland

*TW: Rape, Sexual Assault Two Irish rugby players walk into a club. It sounds like the start of a joke, but it’s actually the basis of Northern Ireland’s most high-profile rape case that shook the island of Ireland to its core over the past nine weeks. The facts of the case are as follows: onContinue reading “The Belfast Rape Trial and Women’s Rights in Ireland”

Sexual Violence: A Crime Against Humanity

In 2013, the day after Faith organized an anti-rape protest in the south west Democratic Republic of Congo, government policemen came to her home, murdered her husband, beat her children, and raped her niece while forcing her to watch. They then took Faith to prison where she lost count of how many times she wasContinue reading “Sexual Violence: A Crime Against Humanity”

Silence Breakers

In recent months a watershed movement has been taking place. Women from all backgrounds have been coming forward and sharing their stories in a bid to de-stigmatize sexual harassment. The first scandal that garnered attention occurred in October of last year, with the release of the Billy Bush Access Hollywood tape, featuring the now President,Continue reading “Silence Breakers”

Notes from the field: The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2017

“Human rights are not optional norms” stated Professor Surya Deva, the Chairperson of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations, at the opening plenary at the sixth UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. The Forum took place in November 2017 at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, theContinue reading “Notes from the field: The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2017”

What’s in a Name? Afghanistan and the #WhereIsMyName Campaign

It is widely acknowledged that names are important. Identities are built around them, and they are instrumental in creating a sense of dignity and autonomy. They often embody the independence of that person, their status, and encourage them to stand up for their rights. Names may therefore be seen to have a massive psychological impactContinue reading “What’s in a Name? Afghanistan and the #WhereIsMyName Campaign”

The Wage Gap: “If You’re a Woman, You Will Earn Less Than a Man”

The wage gap is a buzzword of sorts, having been discussed by Patricia Arquette in her Oscar acceptance speech and by Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail. Despite its relevance as a mainstream topic of discussion, it continues to persist. But why does the wage gap occur? If politicians, actors, and the more than 5Continue reading “The Wage Gap: “If You’re a Woman, You Will Earn Less Than a Man””

A Policy of Silence: The Global Gag Rule and its Impact on the Developing World

On January 26, not even a week after his inauguration, President Trump signed an executive order reinstituting the controversial Mexico City policy. This so-called ‘Global Gag Rule’ is a piece of legislation that prevents federal funding from the United States being used to advocate for the legalisation of abortion, provide abortion referrals or counselling, orContinue reading “A Policy of Silence: The Global Gag Rule and its Impact on the Developing World”