A Return to “Traditional Values”: Russia’s New Domestic Violence Policy

Domestic violence is a taboo subject, one which, as of late, has been at the forefront of the Russian parliament’s political agenda. Though amendments that criminalized the beating of one’s family member were put in place as recently as July of 2016, this progress has been undone by a bill introduced in January 2017. CoincidingContinue reading “A Return to “Traditional Values”: Russia’s New Domestic Violence Policy”

Stuck in the Dark Ages: Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland

In April of 2016, a Northern Irish court handed down a three-month suspended sentence to a 21-year-old girl for ingesting mifepristone and misoprostol, two drugs she used to induce a miscarriage. It was heard in court that the woman – a teenager at the time of the offence – could not afford to travel toContinue reading “Stuck in the Dark Ages: Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland”

Burkini: Liberation by Oppression or Oppression by Liberation?

A woman on holiday is publicly confronted by locals and forced to leave the beach, another is confronted by state officials in a public place and forced to change her clothing, while others are fined for failing to wear ‘an appropriate outfit’. Unimaginable in a country like France? No. Such instances have been happening onContinue reading “Burkini: Liberation by Oppression or Oppression by Liberation?”

Lost Childhood: The Reality of Modern Day Child Marriage

It is estimated by UNICEF that there are over 700 million women alive today who were married as children. To put this in perspective, that is roughly ten times the population of the United Kingdom, or double the population of the United States. Of these women, more than one in three was married before theContinue reading “Lost Childhood: The Reality of Modern Day Child Marriage”

Victory for Polish Women’s Rights

A controversial abortion bill was rejected by the Polish parliament on Thursday, 6 October after public protests throughout the preceding week. The law was rejected by a large margin of 352 to 58, with 18 abstaining votes by members of the lower house of parliament, called the Sejm. The bill would have limited abortion toContinue reading “Victory for Polish Women’s Rights”

Desperate Criminals: Seeking an Abortion in the Republic of Ireland

As the Republic of Ireland’s political parties meet for talks to establish a new government after the unsuccessful election in February, the most controversial topic is a referendum on the 8th Amendment to the Constitution. This amendment gives the life of the unborn the same rights as the life of the mother. The battle betweenContinue reading “Desperate Criminals: Seeking an Abortion in the Republic of Ireland”

Out of the Spotlight: Democracy and Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

With the media mostly focused upon Taliban aggression, less attention has been given to an important human rights topic: gender equality and democracy in Afghanistan. Despite a male population of which only 35% believe that women should have equal representation in government positions, and only 51% believe women should be allowed to work outside theContinue reading “Out of the Spotlight: Democracy and Women’s Rights in Afghanistan”

Combating Systematic Rape: South Sudan’s Struggle for Peace

Female peace activists in South Sudan have proposed a nationwide sex strike to end the country’s civil war. The proposal emerged from a meeting of more than 90 women, several of which were members of parliament, in the capital city of Juba. A sex strike was just one of many proposed ideas, all aimed atContinue reading “Combating Systematic Rape: South Sudan’s Struggle for Peace”

The War Against Women: At Home and Abroad

There are 60 million women missing due to neglect and sex-selective abortions, 15 million female slaves in sex-trafficking and labour, and 5,000 victims per year in honour killings. These are hallowing indications of a phenomenon known as gendercide. Gendercide is the systematic killing of members of a specific sex. In this article, we will expandContinue reading “The War Against Women: At Home and Abroad”