Speaking in her now famous address at the United Nations Headquarters on September 20, actress Emma Watson defined feminism as, “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” Watson felt the need to provide this definition afterContinue reading “#HeForShe”

The Forced Sterilisation of Disabled Women in Australia

In 2013, a slew of articles was published regarding the sterilisation of disabled women in Australia, but recently this issue has dropped from the headlines despite having not been resolved. Disabled women, often under the age of 18, are recommended for permanent sterilisation by means of hysterectomy. There are various reasons proposed by those supportingContinue reading “The Forced Sterilisation of Disabled Women in Australia”

Forced Ultrasounds for Abortion: Is it Simply Too Much Information?

In a world where informed consent is a cornerstone of medical practice; we examine if there is such a thing as too much information when consenting to a procedure, and if so, does forcing women to have ultrasounds prior to obtaining an abortion cross this line? Informed consent is a key principle that lies atContinue reading “Forced Ultrasounds for Abortion: Is it Simply Too Much Information?”

‘Comfort Women’: The Uncomfortable Truth

During the Second World War, Japan committed countless of war crimes; of this, there is not much room for doubt. However, recent comments made by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, along with other prominent political figures such as Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto make us question whether Japan actually has acknowledged past wrongdoings. Mayor Hashimoto wasContinue reading “‘Comfort Women’: The Uncomfortable Truth”

Sterility for Sale

Cash-for-sterilisation. It’s an idea that took me a while to get my head around, despite the fact that it really is as simple as it sounds. Established in 1997 by Barbara Harris, Project Prevention tours States and cities across America (recently expanding overseas), touting one simple message: “Don’t let a pregnancy ruin your drug habit”.Continue reading “Sterility for Sale”

Femmes Fatales: Women in the Military

Women in the military have a history that extends over 400 years into the past. Women all over the world serve in the military and in different roles. Yet only certain nations permit women to fill active combat roles. The US recently overturned a 1994 rule banning women from serving in certain combat positions, potentiallyContinue reading “Femmes Fatales: Women in the Military”