Articles about Politics and Current Affairs

After Banaz Mahmod, where is the justice for victims of honour-based violence?

Five years after Banaz Mahmod's murder, it's time for the government to get serious on honour-based violence, argues Fionnuala Murphy from the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation

Fionnuala Murphy // 23 August 2011

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs, Violence

Cedaw: what is it and how can we use it?

The international bill of rights for women is used internationally to push for equality. But it is a neglected tool in the UK. Charlotte Gage explains

Charlotte Gage // 29 June 2011

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs

That’s not my name

Changing name is a hassle. But what is rarely acknowledged is just how much the current systems place a burden on cis women and trans people that is not shared by cis men. Jane Fae reports

Jane Fae // 10 April 2011

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs, Work and Play

A day-by-day struggle

From the struggle to keep domestic violence shelters open to the machinations of which mullah to align with, a discussion with four Afghan politicians reveals the challenges women face. Helen G reports

Helen G // 21 March 2011

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs, Religion, Violence

‘I’m 37 with enough stories for an 80 year old’

Ece Temelkuran's passion for storytelling is clear in the first few minutes of meeting her. But, as a Turkish woman, some stories are dangerous for her to tell. Mary Pole reports

Mary Pole // 10 March 2011

Categories: Herstory, Interviews, Politics and Current Affairs

The case against all-women shortlists: the alternative route to participatory democracy…

All-women shortlists are not ambitious enough to deliver the radical change our political system needs, argues Jane Watkinson

Jane Watkinson // 7 February 2011

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs

Cuts? Women will take them on the chin

Government spending cuts will hit women the hardest, with the most marginalised suffering the most. Fionnuala Murphy from the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation breaks it down

Fionnuala Murphy // 10 November 2010

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs

Creating a new kind of media for women in politics

The mainstream media's sexist treatment of female politicians was only heightened during the election. Women's Parliamentary Radio provides an alternative, argues Sophie Kainradl

Sophie Kainradl // 10 June 2010

Categories: Culture and Media, Politics and Current Affairs

Is it time for abortion to return to the political agenda?

Anti-choice lobbyists are gearing up as the new coalition government settles in. We should not let them define the terms of debate, says Lisa Ansell, instead we should push for women's right to access abortion to be shored up

Lisa Ansell // 1 June 2010

Categories: Body and Health, Politics and Current Affairs

The case for all-women shortlists

Whatever the verdict of the General Election, women's representation in the Commons will inch forward at best. Ros Ball argues that all parties must adopt all-women shortlists

Ros Ball // 26 April 2010

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs

In our satin tights, fighting for our rights! But are women really natural campaigners?

Stereotypes about women drawn to campaigning because they are natural nurturers do more harm than good, argues Mhairi Guild

Mhairi Guild // 14 January 2010

Categories: Activism, Feminism, Politics and Current Affairs, Stereotypes, Work and Play

Piggy banks and budget cuts

Cuts have become politically popular again, but the new thrift is targeted at the most not least vulnerable, says Clare Gould

Clare Gould // 16 December 2009

Categories: Family, Politics and Current Affairs, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

Gender and sentencing

Are the scales of justice in alignment? Rachel Thwaites looks at how women and men are so often treated differently by the system if they commit violent crimes

Rachel Thwaites // 14 November 2009

Categories: Culture and Media, Politics and Current Affairs, Violence

Coherent feminism doesn’t stop at Afghan women

Should all Muslim women boycott the burqa because some women are forced to wear it? Myriam Francois-Cerrah argues not

Myriam Francois-Cerrah // 20 July 2009

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs

Beyond boob jobs – how might the credit crunch affect women?

Carolyn Roberts digs beyond headlines about the impact of the credit crunch on makeup sales and cosmetic surgery, to consider how the financial crisis may affect women in the UK

Carolyn Roberts // 4 November 2008

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs, Work and Play

We’re all in this together

Irish and British women must unite in the battle for reproductive rights, argue Ariel Silvera and Sinead Ahern, as they sketch out the history of abortion in Ireland and the UK

Various Authors // 26 October 2008

Categories: Activism, Body and Health, Feminism, Politics and Current Affairs

From the front lines

One in four women experience domestic violence during their lifetime. Ella Alexander spent a day at a women's refuge learning about the human toll of a crime so common it is no longer considered newsworthy

Ella Alexander // 19 October 2008

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs, Violence

The Oxbridge sex workers

Laurie Penny considers why so many Oxbridge students are going into prostitution and stripping, and the impact the media coverage of their stories has on women in less privileged positions

Laurie Penny // 11 May 2008

Categories: Culture and Media, Men, Politics and Current Affairs, Violence

Stripping the illusion…

Lap-dancing clubs are licensed in the same way as coffee shops. Quinn Capes-Ivy reports on the launch of a campaign to change all that

Quinn Capes-Ivy // 3 May 2008

Categories: Activism, Politics and Current Affairs

Abortion and disability – whose voices are heard?

Are disabled women's voices silenced in the abortion debate? asks Clare Laxton

Clare Laxton // 4 April 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Feminism, Politics and Current Affairs, Stereotypes

How to get an activist movement to keep women in prostitution

What use are sex worker groups that give out condoms and showers, but can't help women who want to exit prostitution? Ekis reports from Barcelona on prostitution and the campaign for legalisation

Ekis // 16 March 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Feminism, Language, Politics and Current Affairs, Sex and Relationships, Violence, Work and Play

Where the 1967 Abortion Act doesn’t apply

Women in Northern Ireland must still cross the water to get an abortion, and even setting out the law in an accessible form is controversial. Siún Carden reports

Siun Carden // 13 March 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Politics and Current Affairs

UK feminists must address worldwide issues

All over the planet women are denied the most basic rights. Ruthie Samuel asks: where is the outrage?

Ruthie Samuel // 4 February 2008

Categories: Culture and Media, Feminism, Politics and Current Affairs, Violence

The place of the ‘Female Vote’ in politics

Jessica Metheringham explores how the concept of the 'Female Vote' tends to cast women as fickle and uninterested in serious politics

Jessica Metheringham // 6 December 2007

Categories: Politics and Current Affairs

Built for women

The Women's Design Service is celebrating 20 years of feminist activism from the planners' office to the building site. Eeva Berglund reports

Eeva Berglund // 9 November 2007

Categories: Family, Feminism, Politics and Current Affairs, Work and Play

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