When xenophobic words become real violence

by Maya Goodfellow  Last week, in a chilling report that has the faint echoes of lynching during the Jim Crow era, a group of refugees and migrants in the Calais camp say outsiders attacked them. Unidentified men put them in a van, drove them to a field, stripped them naked, handcuffed them and beat them… Read More

Terror is Terror, Even If the Victim Wears Hijab

by Shireen Ahmed There was barely enough time to grieve properly for all the victims of this month’s terror attacks, before I and countless other Muslims were pushed into fearing for our own safety. Waking up one morning last week, I heard the news that a Muslim woman was attacked outside her children’s school. She… Read More

No, Mrs Mugabe, I am not responsible for my rape.

By Anonymous TRIGGER WARNING: This piece contains descriptions of assault and discussions on rape, shaming and abuse. I was 22 and interning overseas at a big Inter-Governmental Organisation which employed a couple of hundred people. A flashy building, meeting VIPs, attending cocktail receptions – for me this was the equivalent of the bright lights of Hollywood.… Read More

Is the U.N fit for purpose?

by Chimene Suleyman Who defines how the peace is kept? How can it ever happen without any bias? First you would have to remove any circumstance that shapes our understanding of race – the bits that make us like and trust some nationalities, then despise others. A well-varied group of internationals, gender and class. And so… 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

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

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

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