Rahila Gupta

Author and Activist

Rahila Gupta

Treaties Alone Can’t Protect Women from Violence

September 26, 2020, (CNN) Women have always been punching bags for men’s anger in the patriarchal systems we live in. It comes as no surprise that rates of violence are up everywhere as the pandemic and its lockdowns push women further into men’s deadly embrace. In Turkey, with its already high rate of femicide — more … Continue reading

The State is Watching

14 July 2020, New Humanist The inclusion of eco-activists in the Prevent counter-terrorism programme is only the tip of the iceberg. Prevent, the British government’s principal counter-terrorism programme, has come under sustained criticism ever since New Labour introduced it in response to 9/11. Critics have pointed to its disproportionate focus on Muslims and the stigmatisation … Continue reading

The Assault on Rojava

On 9 October, Turkey began a military invasion on northern Syria to attack the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). It’s an open secret that Turkey has been waiting in the wings for an opportunity to annihilate the Kurdish autonomous region Rojava in northeastern Syria, ever since it was established in 2012 while Assad’s attention was … Continue reading

Amid Death & Despair, A Feminist Revolution Is Happening In Syria

  Ever wondered what it might be like to live through a revolution? A revolution which puts women and young people at the leading edge of change? When society as you know it and all its institutions are turned upside down, virtually overnight, in the pursuit of ideals such as women’s equality or true democracy … Continue reading

Prosecuting forced marriage is satisfying – but preventing it is better still

Some women will testify in court against their parents. Most will not. BY RAHILA GUPTA Crimes of violence against women have unconscionably low rates of conviction.  This appears to be particularly true of violent crimes experienced by minority women, as in the case of forced marriage and female genital mutilation. No wonder then that the first successful conviction of … Continue reading