Gender research

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    Feminist solidarity after the Swiss referendum: Islamophobia and the politics of veiling

Feminist solidarity after the Swiss referendum: Islamophobia and the politics of veiling

by Hasret Cetinkaya

Photo by Teycir Mastour and Aïda Hammad, sourced from https://lesfoulardsviolets.org  and used with permission in this blogpost

On the 7th of March 2021, Switzerland voted in favour of banning face coverings in public spaces, including the wearing of the burqa and niqab. The proposal was put forward to referendum by the Egerkingen Committee which is linked to the Swiss People’s […]

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    The Hidden Masculinization and Militarization of the Canadian Citizenship Guide

The Hidden Masculinization and Militarization of the Canadian Citizenship Guide

by Sarah Chudleigh

The Canadian Citizenship Guide seeks to characterise Canada by its ideals of peace and gender equality. However, its language, imagery and layout paint a different picture. In this post, Sarah Chudleigh explores how the guide reinforces the masculinised and militarist values it seeks to oppose.

Photo by Jaimie Harmsen on Unsplash

For aspiring Canadian citizens, the current citizenship […]

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    Queering or De-Queering the European Space? Reflecting on the European Parliament Declaration of the EU as an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’

Queering or De-Queering the European Space? Reflecting on the European Parliament Declaration of the EU as an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’

By Francesca Romana Ammaturo

Photo by Sijmen van Hooff on Unsplash

A Divided Union?

On 11th March 2021, the European Parliament adopted a Declaration that designates the European Union as a ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’. Supported by a wide range of MEPs across the various political groups of the EU, this is a direct response to the earlier moves by the Polish […]

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    A Cursory Glance at Hawaii’s Economic Revival Policy: The Intersection of Feminist Economics and Good Governance.

A Cursory Glance at Hawaii’s Economic Revival Policy: The Intersection of Feminist Economics and Good Governance.

by Isha Prakash and Tamanna Meghrajani

The battle against the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has effectively incapacitated economies of over 180 countries. This pandemic has adversely affected every sphere of the economy, from the educational sector to the tourism industry. Even the thought of rebuilding or restructuring this elaborate arrangement built over centuries seems unnerving but with a plethora of businesses […]

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    Mobile toilets and the urgent need for reflexivity in social entrepreneurship

Mobile toilets and the urgent need for reflexivity in social entrepreneurship

by Isabel Medem

Nine years ago I co-founded an organisation to design a novel toilet service for poor urban households in Lima, Peru. For a monthly fee we install a high-quality mobile dry toilet in a home and come by every week to pick up the accumulated feces in a container, thus removing hazardous waste from households and communities. This […]

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    Dismantling Prisons: Abolitionist Feminism, Women, Incarceration and #MeToo

Dismantling Prisons: Abolitionist Feminism, Women, Incarceration and #MeToo

by Philippa Greer[1]
“Lisa Montgomery is mentally ill. Presently her mental condition results in her inability rationally to understand she will be executed, why she will be executed, or even where she is.”

— Petition for Writ Of Habeas Corpus, Lisa Marie Montgomery v. Warden of USP Terre Haute, Michael Carvajal, Jeffrey Rosen, 8 January 2021
Lisa Montgomery was executed on 13 January 2021 […]

Using Automated Technologies to Assess LGBTI+ Status

by Lotte Wolff

Automated technology is increasingly part of the decision basis for refugee status. Alongside this, many countries in the ‘Global North’ grant individuals’ asylum if they have been persecuted in their country of origin for their gender identity or sexuality. In this article, Lotte Wolff explores how the highly subjective process of deciding someone’s gender or sexual identity […]

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    “Let me fix my weave”: Ethical business, redemption, and the transnational human hair trade

“Let me fix my weave”: Ethical business, redemption, and the transnational human hair trade

“Let me fix my weave”: Ethical business, redemption, and the transnational Human Hair Trade

by Solène Bryson

Earlier this year, US customs seized an 11.8 tonne shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories made from human hair, suspected to be sourced from people locked inside a Xinjiang internment camp in China (Taipei Times, 2020). Unfortunately, news coverage on the exploitative character of […]

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    Aborting in Isolation: Observations on Argentine abortion activism during COVID-19

Aborting in Isolation: Observations on Argentine abortion activism during COVID-19

By Lea Happ[1]

Over the past months, as Argentina has been in lockdown due to COVID-19, the feminist network Socorristas en Red has tried to make people’s experience of abortion as safe as possible. The Socorristas, literally translating to ‘lifesavers’, is a feminist network dedicated to improving the safety of criminalised abortions. They frame their work as supporting those who […]

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    Why white women crying is still racist: The work of trauma narratives in self-stories of transracialism

Why white women crying is still racist: The work of trauma narratives in self-stories of transracialism

by Alanah Mortlock

The thing about writing your PhD on transracialism is that whenever one of these stories breaks, you’re the first person everyone you know wants to send it to. So when the Jessica Krug story broke in early September, I didn’t have to go looking for it: it was delivered directly to me by well-meaning acquaintances and loved […]

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