Disclosure and exposure in the neoliberal university

  • May 19th, 2016

by Alison Phipps This Spring, as part of a collaborative partnership of colleagues from the UK and 5 other European countries, I helped to launch a European Commission-funded project entitled ‘Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence‘. Our main aim is to create university environments in which students can disclose experiences of sexual harassment and assault, through providing ‘first response’ training to […]

Recovering from Nepal’s earthquake: It’s not only the ‘what’, but also the ‘how’ that matters

  • May 16th, 2016

By Jana Naujoks           One year ago, Nepal was devastated by a major earthquake that took over 8,700 lives and caused widespread destruction to 14 of the country’s 75 districts. One major and countless smaller aftershocks added to the carnage, casualties and immense trauma that people experienced. While on this day we want to honour and remember the lives that were […]

“Propiedad ni tuya, ni de nadie”: Gender Representations in the Media and Violence Against Women in Mexico

  • May 9th, 2016

by Adriana López A recent music video has reignited the conversation about violence against women (VAW) in México. The video called ‘Fuiste Mía’ (or ‘You were mine’) by singer Gerardo Ortiz has generated a heated conversation about the way men and women are portrayed in the media, and the role media plays in normalizing VAW. The graphic video, which was temporarily […]

“Propiedad ni tuya, ni de nadie”: Representaciones de Genero en los Medios de Comunicación y la Violencia Contra la Mujer en México

  • May 9th, 2016

by Adriana López Un video musical reciente ha reavivado la conversación acerca de la violencia contra las mujer en México. El video llamado ‘Fuiste Mía’ por el cantante Gerardo Ortiz ha generado una conversación muy divida acerca de la manera en que los hombres y las mujeres son representados en los medios de comunicación, y como estos a su vez normalizan […]

France criminalises clients of prostitution

  • May 4th, 2016

By Emily St.Denny On April 6th, the French parliament voted to criminalise clients of prostitution [1]. Following in the footsteps of countries such as Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Canada, France is the fifth country in the world to introduce a demand-side ban on prostitution. This highly contentious bill has been the subject of fraught political and parliamentary debates for over three […]


  • April 25th, 2016

by Samania 

pt. I
something is wrong
this is temporary
sweet but not serious
curious but not aware
ill but arousing
a beautiful phase
drowning in tears, not their own
fleeting, confused
oscillating between feeling and numbness

most depictions of […]

Poland: A change so good, it makes you want to cry

  • March 31st, 2016

by Magdalena Mikulak Following its election victory in October 2015, Poland’s right-wing Law and Justice party (PiS) has been on an offensive that has left many people, both inside and outside of the country, concerned about the future of Polish democracy. The blitzkrieg of ‘good change’ (PiS’s campaign slogan) included effectively paralysing the Constitutional Tribunal – which sparked protests across the country – taking over the public […]

A Brief History of Women’s History

  • March 29th, 2016

by Nicole Bourbonnais “Where are the women?”  When Cynthia Enloe posed this question in 1989, she was thinking about the world of international politics. But the question has also been a driving force for a number of historians who have sought to move beyond the narratives of “great men” that have tended to dominate our understanding of the past.  In honour […]

Size Matters

  • March 21st, 2016

by Kimberly Killen A lot has been made of the U.S. Republican party’s primary campaign’s descent into a figurative “dick- measuring contest” during candidate events, interviews and even debates. While many have criticized such exchanges, pointing to them as symbolic of a larger problem, a part of the GOP’s identity crisis or the further erosion of civility in politics, it […]

An honourable MENtion to being a man about International Women’s Day

  • March 16th, 2016

by Callum Watson  [1] On 8 March, we celebrated International Women’s Day. To misquote from an often cited statistic, 95% of men immediately think “What about International MEN’s Day?!” when International Women’s Day is mentioned. The other 5% are liars.[2] Many will not have voiced this openly. Those of us working in gender-related fields may have felt guilty about it afterwards. […]

Impressions from Brazil: The international day of everything but women’s rights

  • March 10th, 2016

Our own Louisa Acciari has written up her impressions and analysis from International Women’s Day in Brazil. We are pleased to share her account of the march for women’s rights in São Paulo amidst political tensions in the country. Today was a very sad and disappointing day in São Paulo. The march for women’s rights, traditionally gathering about a 100 feminist organisations […]

The Issue of Gender Equality in Confucian Culture

  • January 18th, 2016

by Yutang Jin The issue of gender equality has long been raised in South Korea, and this problem turns out to be especially prominent in the current job market. Despite the number of female graduates employed bypassing male graduates, according to the survey recently published by the Ministry of Education in South Korea, women still linger behind men in the […]

Interrogating Trudeau’s Brand of Equality “Because it’s 2015”

  • November 9th, 2015

by Julia Hartviksen Last week, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper tendered his resignation after nearly ten years of Conservative government under his leadership. On Wednesday, Justin Trudeau was sworn in as Canada’s new Prime Minister, after one of the longest election periods in Canadian history. He took his oath alongside his newly appointed cabinet of 15 women and 15 […]

The Polish Parliamentary Elections 2015: A Gender Analysis

  • November 3rd, 2015

On 25 October, 50,92% of Polish citizens entitled to vote exercised their right to do so in the parliamentary elections. Yet, it is not the low turn out that made this year’s election unusual (turn out for the 2011 elections was 48,9%), but the sweeping victory for the right. The results gave the conservative right-wing party Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS) […]