Hollywood’s Awards Season Fascination with Rape and Sexual Abuse

by Winnie M Li  Content warning: includes references to rape and sexual abuse A few months ago at the Golden Globes, Isabelle Huppert won a Golden Globe for playing a rape survivor, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson won for playing a rapist-murderer. While subsequent awards shows haven’t panned out the same way, both actors continue to be lauded… Read More

The UN’s Good vs. Bad Narrative Clears the Way for Sexual Violence and Impunity

Content warning: Rape, Sexual violence and abuse by Maya Goodfellow A Blue Helmet’s job is, quite literally, to keep the peace. The UN peacekeepers whose nickname comes from their characteristic headwear, are supposed to protect people in countries torn apart by war. However a steady drip of accusations coming out of the Central African Republic (CAR) suggests… 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

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

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