women’s rights

The victory of abortion rights protesters in Poland is likely to be short lived

by Magdalena Mikulak
A proposal to increase restrictions on abortion in Poland generated several large protests across the country in early October, with the proposal ultimately being voted down in parliament. In this post, Magdalena argues that despite the apparent victory of the protesters, it remains likely that the government will nevertheless push for new restrictions on abortion.

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October 20th, 2016|Featured, Politics, Society|1 Comment|
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    The legacy of the coalition government: a double standard on women’s rights

The legacy of the coalition government: a double standard on women’s rights

As the general election looms large on the horizon, and the days of the current coalition government appear numbered, what are we to make of progress on women’s rights during the last five years of Tory-Liberal Democrat rule? The question is not a straightforward one to answer. Certainly examples spring to mind of government ministers speaking out about the need […]

April 20th, 2015|Politics|1 Comment|

Where has gender gone? The big absence in Brazilian presidential elections 2014

  One could expect that having two woman candidates (Marina da Silva and Dilma Roussef) leading the polls might have brought gender equality to the centre of the Brazilian presidential elections debates – especially when one of them is the current President of Brazil, and the first-ever woman to hold that office. Although feminist scholars have warned against essentialist arguments on representation, […]

October 20th, 2014|Politics|0 Comments|

Seeking safety in Algeria: Syrian refugee women’s resilience

On the 6th of August 2012, Algerian online newspapers and social networking sites reported the rape of a 26 year old Syrian woman who had sought refuge in Oran, having fled from Homs as a result of the on-going crisis in Syria. Local police and other national newspapers very quickly denied the story, stating that it was a ‘rumour’. Generally […]

December 12th, 2013|Development, Politics|0 Comments|

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