Politics

  • A woman dressed in blue holding up a kite in the centre foreground, taken on International Women's Day at a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh
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    Those fighting for gender equality need more recognition – this new award could help

Those fighting for gender equality need more recognition – this new award could help

by Odette Chalaby

Some advocates for gender equality — think Justin Trudeau, Malala Yousafzai and Julia Gillard, former Australian PM and now Director of the new Global Institute for Women’s Leadership at King’s College — get their fair share of public adulation. But often those working to improve governments policies on gender either directly or indirectly — from researchers to […]

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    Bodily echoes: a performative reading of the Feminist Strike in Spain, and beyond…

Bodily echoes: a performative reading of the Feminist Strike in Spain, and beyond…

by Amanda Mauri Riverola

March 9 arrived, and what had been the first legally approved Feminist Strike in Spain left a vacuum on the streets. All Spanish cities –which had seen time stop for over 24 hours– were now back to the usual schedules, commutes and expenses that mark the routine of the ever-expanding precariat. A thousand individual paths racing […]

Curriculum Reform in UK Higher Education

by Priya Raghavan

I recently had the opportunity to work as an RA on a transnational review of readings for a Gender course, with an aim to incorporate more thinking from the ‘Global South’. The rather formidable undertaking proved in equal parts challenging, rewarding, and deeply unsettling. Efforts to interrogate epistemic practices in universities draw from a veritable history of academic and […]

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    Open Letter to the LSE Re: Racialised Harassment and Access to Space at LSE

Open Letter to the LSE Re: Racialised Harassment and Access to Space at LSE

by The Participants of “Neglected Encounters”
We are writing to express our anger and dismay at the racist profiling and harassment experienced by several participants at a workshop hosted at the LSE on April 20th-21st. We write to draw your attention to the fact that this incident, while troubling and unacceptable in its own right, should be understood in the context of […]

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    The Pope’s visit to Chile: the limits of the ‘Francis phenomenon’

The Pope’s visit to Chile: the limits of the ‘Francis phenomenon’

by José Manuel Morán

Things did not turn out as expected in Chile. Pope Francis, whose image as a charismatic leader sharply contrasts with of his antecessor Benedict XVI, and who often deploys discourses that seem to take some distance from the ones promoted by John Paul II in his obsession with sexuality matters, was not as successful in connecting […]

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    Does Europe prefer her sons over daughters? Adding the gender perspective to European memory

Does Europe prefer her sons over daughters? Adding the gender perspective to European memory

by Ana Milosevic

After the Second World War, European leaders had a plan to “Make Europe great again.” — and it worked. The EU brought peace, stability and economic prosperity to the continent. It all started with the signing of the Rome Treaty, 61 years ago when European founding fathers laid out the first bricks into the foundations of the EU.

European politicians […]

Questionable leadership: NATO and women’s rights

by Laura Nacyte 

Recently, Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and Angelina Jolie, a co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative, wrote an open-ed for the Guardian, calling for the NATO’s leadership in protecting women’s rights. It emphasises that the organisation can become the ‘global military leader’ in preventing sexual violence in conflict.

In enhancing […]

The murder of Marielle Franco: a call to action

by Sonia Corrêa and Richard Parker, ABIA

The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) makes public its profound mourning and indignation regarding the brutal assassination of Municipal councilor Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Gomes. Both were victims of a summary execution on the night of March 14, 2018.

Marielle Franco was a black woman from the favela and a human rights defender, […]

The politics of AI and scientific research on sexuality

by Jessica Sandelson

We are often told that there is no place for politics in objective research. The scientific tradition has built rigorous methodologies to get rid of bias, and presents itself as untouched by the messy social world. But what should we make of the claim that politics is irrelevant in science?

In late 2017, a forthcoming study in the Journal […]

The Post-Strike Landscape

by Left of Brown and Sisters of Resistance

 

In a world of possibility for us all, our personal visions help lay the groundwork for political action.
– Audre Lorde

As of 12 March 2018, we are in the post-strike landscape. The terms of the ‘agreement’ reached yesterday are unsatisfactory and the outcome has demonstrated the extent of the leadership crisis in the sector. Neither […]

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