Challenging Mistaken Assumptions about Honour-Based Violence

Honour-Based Violence is part of a spectrum of violence against women that all too readily has become associated with certain cultures. Drawing from her research and activism Dr Aisha K. Gill *[1] tackles the racialisation of HBV and women’s complicity with it Violence against women and girls (VAWG) committed in the name of ‘honour’ is attracting increasing attention around the world.… Read More

My Body Is Not Your Images

What use is diversity in popular culture when it still conforms to narrow aesthetic norms? Sunny Singh discusses women’s “range of life stories, complete with joys and tragedies,” A renewed concern with the race politics of beauty has been fueling recent lively discussions about colourism, hair and the lack of representation of models of colour… Read More

For #IWD2014, I Salute Doreen Lawrence

by Huma Munshi The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Inspiring Change’. Doreen Lawrence has been a force for change.  Challenging the institutional racism within the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has invoked a cultural change within British society. And her fight for justice provides an important message for the feminist movement for liberation.… Read More

“Toxic Wars” vs. Conscientious Feminism

Minna Salami draws upon cross-cultural activism and dialogue to offer ‘Conscientious Feminism’ as an antidote to ‘toxic feminism’ and an ethical ‘compass that can be used to navigate the labyrinth of oppression’ In July 1992, an international conference Women in Africa and in the African Diaspora (WAAD) was held in Nigeria. WAAD was a rare event: an interdisciplinary and… Read More

“Complicit No More”

Yasmin Gunaratnam introduces the series ‘In creating a forum to discuss gendered racisms, ‘Complicit No More’ aims to encourage more generous and ‘conscientious’ feminist inspired dialogue’  As far as feminism of colour goes we seem to be caught in something of a doublethink. Feminism is dis(mis)sed on a daily basis but has also become part… Read More

Diary of a “Tragic” Mulatto – Love Minus Zero Over No Limit

In a vivid and sometimes playful account, cultural critic and ‘master code-switcher’ Désirée Wariaro explores racial mixedness. ‘ Ontological doubt’ is a constant companion for the ‘tragic mulatto’ when ‘much of the world is blind to the inherent genius of the way my body dissects and pollutes tradition.’ “Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” James… Read More