I had never done door knocking before this election. Although I have some disagreements with Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto – inevitably – I still feel hugely excited and inspired by it. What I have been unable to understand is the way in which the waverers have liked his manifesto but sought to distance it from him … Continue reading
Dear Rahila It has taken me a few days to read and think over your poem. It is very rich and has many layers in it, and the narrative of the poem is so powerful. I think you have shown great courage and candour in this piece of writing. The subject is very moving – almost … Continue reading
This is BBC drama at its best. But the privatisation of care homes, and how grooming impacts the families of perpetrators, were blind spots. “Gut-wrenching,” “brave” and “unflinching” are some of the adjectives flying around in the conversations on social media after the airing of Three Girls, BBC drama at its best. Based on the … Continue reading
The truism that there cannot be real development without women’s participation needs a caveat: women’s rights cannot be achieved while religious forces are involved in development. Ruth Pearson, Emeritus Professor of International Development at the University of Leeds, one of the speakers at a seminar on Gender, Fundamentalism and Development, recounted how issues on which … Continue reading
Behind the frontlines in Syria, a self-governing Kurdish region is making a radical attempt at gender equality. The brutal recapture of Aleppo by Syrian government forces and its allies at the end of 2016 does not bode well for another enclave of resistance: the predominantly Kurdish area in northern Syria. Here, in a long strip … Continue reading
What is the reality of war like for the women of Rojava as they advance on Raqqa? Kimmie Taylor from Britain is on the frontline and puts us in the picture. It is 4am, just before dawn, in a god-forsaken spot ten kilometres away from Raqqa, when a band of Daesh fighters start shooting from … Continue reading
The Women’s Marches’ use of ‘pussy’ as a symbol has led to accusations that they were trans-exclusionary. Are we witnessing the erasure of woman as a sex category? As the earth spun on its axis, from dawn to dusk on 21 January 2017, there were women marching in all weathers in 673 cities across the … Continue reading
An art project on two narrow boats hitched together on a canal in northern England is celebrating co-dependency – countering both the racial divide and the massive cuts to women’s services.
When a British person dies abroad under suspicious circumstances, we’d expect the British state to ask why. Where local authorities fail or refuse to investigate, we’d expect it to do so itself. That’s how it’s supposed to work, right? Well, not always.
There has been widespread disappointment that the UN missed a trick in not electing a woman as its new secretary general. Given the scandals that have dogged it, general scepticism about its relevance today, and its inefficacy in the face of the many crises facing the world, perhaps it would have been a poisoned chalice.