It’s Time To Talk About Why Our Young People Turn Against Their Country

by Chimene Suleyman We are not allowed to feel concern for three young girls who have joined a horrifying terror group. There must be no unease around three minors who have made such a horrible decision that it is their lives — not ours — that will be traumatised. That capacity you have for humaneness:… Read More

The Denial of Childhood to Children of Colour

by Judith Wanga In yesterday’s Independent online The Evening Standard’s restaurant critic and ex-Guardian soap opera reviewer, Grace Dent, gave us the gift of her deep understanding of wider society, this time opining that the teenagers in the news who have left the country, apparently to join ISIS in Syria, should not be allowed to… Read More

Domestic Abuse: Not Caught on Camera

by Rubab Zaidi She woke up next to him every morning with a terrible feeling in the pit of her stomach, dreading what the day would bring. He would wake up every morning making every effort to not even look in her direction. She’d watch him with his back towards her and wonder what she… Read More

The Myth of the Perfect Victim and the Acceptable Rape

In one fail sweep Judy Finnigan has laid bare the prejudice and ignorance faced by rape survivors. Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women programme on the case of convicted rapist, Ched Evans, Judy noted that because there wasn’t violence during the rape and the woman was drunk at the time, it didn’t cause “bodily harm.” Therefore, the footballer having served his sentence should be allowed to return to play in his team, Sheffield United. Read More

#WhyILeft Reflections on Leaving an Abusive Relationship

by Rubab Zaidi Recently hashtags related to domestic violence were trending on Twitter, #WhyILeft and #WhyIStayed, asking women to come forward with their stories about why they chose to leave or stay in an abusive relationship. I thought it was incredibly brave of people to tell their stories like that – something I have not… Read More

Black Men Need To Support Black Feminism

by Jesse Bernard Being a black man over the past couple of weeks has been interesting, as it always is. I’ve stood in solidarity with the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri – both virtually and in a march at Notting Hill Carnival. There is a long history of black women leading movements for change and the… Read More

Expendable Lives: A snapshot of how men hate women

By Huma Munshi  Women are hated all over the world. Our lives are expendable in the face of family “honour” or a man’s spurned pride. This sounds like hyperbole but given how the news has unfolded of late, it is hard to dispute. In Lahore, Pakistan, Farzana Parveen was waiting outside a courthouse with the… Read More

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, forgiveness and survival

by Huma Munshi Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote a stirring piece on the power of forgiveness this weekend. In the article he writes of the guilt he carried as a child witnessing the violence perpetrated by his father against his mother, which he was powerless to stop. He realises now that this guilt is unfounded and has been able… Read More

From Steubenville to Delhi: Destroying Rape Culture Needs a Worldwide Effort

by Huma Munshi Trigger Warning: rape, child rape, domestic violence Last week something quite special happened.  Though only witnessed in real time on twitter, it has since filtered through to the mainstream media. It was an important moment in the fight-back against rape culture led by a survivor who asked women to tweet stories of… Read More

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