Why is the UK Home Office and Foreign Office distributing books in schools?

by Ananya Wilson-Bhattacharya A few weeks back, a three-year-old was placed in a government re-education programme, on suspicion of being an ‘extremist’. Though shocking, this story is very much in line with the current surveillance of young Muslims by the UK government under the draconian anti-terrorism laws and the so-called ‘Prevent Strategy’ which aims to… Read More

Feminism’s dilemma: When fictionalised violence trumps in real life abuse

by Chimene Suleyman It was cruel when sports writer Rebecca Griffin angrily tweeted, “When black women attack ‘white feminism’, they are forgetting who made it possible for them to have rights – as women. And, they are racist.” It was almost hard to believe this wasn’t a parody account. Was it even true? No, of course… Read More

Why the cynical focus on ‘Honour crimes’ won’t combat gender violence in the UK

by Amrit Wilson Last year, to mark International Women’s day, Cosmpolitan magazine ran an article titled ‘Why you’re lucky to be a woman in the UK‘. On an ordinary Saturday, it told us, ‘the average Cosmo reader might ‘wake up in the morning, slip into jeans and a T-shirt, jump into your car and head… Read More

Why we need a women’s revolution in Somalia

‘At the “Vision 2016” National Conference in September 2013, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud committed to deliver a nationwide “one man, one vote” election by August 2016’ by Yasmin Maydhane Today my uncle sold his youngest daughter – a 16-year-old – to the highest bidder (yes, I mean quite literally sold – whereby the father is… Read More

So We’re All Still Talking About Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money?

by Sunny Singh Finally this morning I got around to watching Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money (full disclosure: I am not a fan, have never been. I think I am too old). But I am an observer and analyst of pop culture, so here go some initial thoughts. First off the bat, yes, the… Read More

The Sinister Abuse of Women at Yarl’s Wood

by Chimene Suleyman  I cannot understand it. The thought process behind taking vulnerable women and detaining them like criminals. Many of the women who have come to Britain to seek asylum have done so with great concerns. These are women who have taken political jobs and stances against countries who now seek to kill them. They… Read More

From a survivor to the new government: every woman matters

by Huma Munshi  The prevalence of violence against women and girls remains unabated. We have become all too familiar with the statistic that two women are killed a week by their partner, with women of colour and migrant women disproportionately impacted by domestic homicide. Rather than properly address the issues that protect women and young… Read More

The Salvation Army campaign: black erasure and white dominance

by Huma Munshi  At first glance, the Salvation Army’s campaign to raise awareness of violence against women seems a bold move — turning on its head the dress that broke the internet and the often transparent marketing tricks that large advertising campaigns deploy. It sheds light on the horror of domestic violence. 1.2 million women in… Read More

It is India’s fearless women revolutionaries who are being silenced, not the BBC

by Sunny Singh The BBC Documentary film India’s Daughter purports to shed light on India’s rape culture and sets itself up as an ‘event’ that will launch ‘global action’ against sexual violence. How this is to happen, other than through media hype that accompanies celebrity studded spectacles, has not yet been explained by its film-maker,… Read More

Self-Love Amidst Marginalisation

by Somayra Ismailjee  This piece is for every woman who suffers at the hands of a white supremacist, cissexist and ableist heteropatriarchy, and for every woman who has suffered at the hands of colonialism and continues to suffer at the hands of Western imperialism. This piece is for marginalised women. For women of colour. For… Read More