White feminists’ views on Shamima Begum are a failure for all young women of colour

Reaction to the news of Shamima Begum’s loss of her son are still lacking in humanity and empathy, even from white feminists, and as Shaista Aziz writes, that has a real impact on young women of colour A young 19-year-old teenage mother born in Bethnal Green London has lost her third child in the space… Read More

Why Janelle Monaé’s Grammy loss was unsurprising yet significant

Janelle Monaé’s critically acclaimed Dirty Computer lost out on Album of Year award at this year’s Grammy awards. Ayika Tshimanga revisits the album and its significance to marginalised people  At the Grammy Awards ceremony on February 10th, Janelle Monaé lost the coveted Album of the Year award to Kacey Musgraves. And so, the Recording Academy… Read More

Book Review: It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race

Mariam Khan’s It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race is an anthology of seventeen British Muslim women speaking frankly about their lives, from the hijab and wavering faith, to love and divorce, feminism, queer identity, sex, and living in a hostile environment. Asim Qureshi reviews the book that showcases voices too often… Read More

South Asian women in Britain: Finding a voice, 40 years on

“If we remember our rich collective past, we will find ourselves stronger in the battles ahead” Gouri Sharma talks with journalist and activist Amrit Wilson, forty years after her influential feminist book Finding a Voice: Asian Women in Britain. Featured photo: Amrit Wilson speaking on behalf of Awaz at International Campaign for Abortion Rights rally, Trafalgar Square,… Read More

FGM as spectacle: the dehumanisation and commodification of the black girl

Warning: the following post contains images that readers may find graphic or disturbing. by Firdos Ali  Last week, FGM campaigner Hibo Wardere broke the news that Sky had filmed the mutilation of a little girl in Somalia and intended to broadcast the footage in the UK. FGM campaigners who had seen the footage were in… Read More

If Muslim women’s clothing makes them consenting slaves, who are their slave masters?

by Shohana Khan Last week French Women’s Rights Minister Laurence Rossignol likened how Muslim women dress to being in collusion with slavery, roundly offending a vast number of groups. Quite an achievement. She was closely followed by the co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Berge, who claimed that the fashion world should not get their hands… Read More

African Women winning elections: Lessons for Hillary Clinton

by Naleli Morojele  Nelson Mandela once said, “If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.” What Mandela meant is that there is a perception that countries besides the USA or Britain (and other global north countries) are… Read More

Success is defined as white and male – a new school curriculum could change that

by Maya Goodfellow Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm and Great Expectations. What do these books have in common? They were all written by white men and they’re all set texts on GCSE exam syllabuses. From politics to the media, white men dominate so much in society – school curriculums are no exception. Since September… Read More