Intersectionality

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    Presenting our pronouns: When feminist politics pull in different directions

Presenting our pronouns: When feminist politics pull in different directions

by Davina Cooper

Pronoun sharing has become an increasingly mainstream practice. Today, pronouns appear in automatic email signatures, in online meeting names, and pinned to clothing as companies like M&S and Asda offer pronoun badges to staff who want them. For some, this reflects the desirable normalisation of a new gender landscape. For others, it is an imposition. Many who […]

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    Why don’t women leave? Domestic Abuse and Economic Justice for Survivors

Why don’t women leave? Domestic Abuse and Economic Justice for Survivors

by Sofia Ercolessi

In 2021, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I began to work as a support worker in refuges supporting women and children who fled domestic abuse. Refuges are a safe emergency accommodation for people who have experienced domestic abuse (DA), where survivors can access practical and emotional support in their struggle to rebuild safe lives, including navigating […]

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    Reconsidering the relationship between domestic workplaces and ‘homes’ in Chile during COVID-19

Reconsidering the relationship between domestic workplaces and ‘homes’ in Chile during COVID-19

by Carol Chan

The COVID-19 pandemic gave rise to the ‘shadow pandemic’ of domestic violence, where, due to the fears of contagion and mobility restrictions in many cities the world over, persons experiencing intimate partner or familial violence had fewer alternatives to seek respite from abuse. The pandemic revealed how the ‘home as dwelling’ is a complex space: at times […]

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    Embodying collective care through decolonial feminist praxis

Embodying collective care through decolonial feminist praxis

By Rosa dos Ventos Lopes Heimer, Marcela Terán and Tatiana Garavito

*Illustrations by Marcela Terán

In early 2020 as the pandemic broke out, we witnessed first hand the various ways in which our own lives and those of our communities have been deeply affected. As Latin American migrants living in London already separated from our families of origin, we were […]

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    Re-centring white victimhood in the age of Black Lives Matter: a ‘gender critical’ project?

Re-centring white victimhood in the age of Black Lives Matter: a ‘gender critical’ project?

By Ilaria Michelis

Self-proclaimed ‘gender critical’ feminists have grown increasingly loud within the UK political space over recent years. The last few months alone have provided ample evidence of their expanding influence within governmental circles, non-profit and corporate environments. The impact of their rhetoric and political action has been and will continue to be devastating for trans people, from the […]

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    The perks and perils of geopolitical framings of LGBTQ+ rights in Georgia

The perks and perils of geopolitical framings of LGBTQ+ rights in Georgia

By Laura Luciani

In a context of growing antagonism between the EU and Russia over their ‘shared neighbourhood’, LGBTQ+ rights in Georgia have increasingly been framed in geopolitical terms. While the ‘European values’ rhetoric may help holding governments accountable, it can also obscure fundamental critiques of the Western liberal human rights agenda.

On July 5, 2021, Georgia’s capital city Tbilisi was shaken […]

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    A Feminist Intervention into Critiques of the Human Rights Approach in the Refugee Regime

A Feminist Intervention into Critiques of the Human Rights Approach in the Refugee Regime

by Jenifer Elmslie 

This June, this author had the pleasure of being asked to present at LSE’s Interdisciplinary Knowledge Beyond Boundaries conference; the following is a written piece based on her presentation.

The turn to the human rights approach by the refugee regime in recent decades has been received critically by refugee scholars. However, their arguments remain under-developed when compared to the […]

Worthy of Respect

by Jacob Breslow

What does it mean, in the context of higher education and in the context of a sustained political and cultural attack on trans people and their rights, that ‘gender critical’ views have been judged as “a philosophical belief within the meaning of s.10 of the Equality Act 2010”, as decided in Maya Forstater’s Employment Appeal Tribunal? To […]

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    Women’s Policy Interests in the Public and Why They Matter

Women’s Policy Interests in the Public and Why They Matter

by Tevfik Murat Yildirim

Since Hanna Pitkin’s seminal work on representation, political theorists have long questioned the extent to which women’s policy interests and concerns can be represented by male politicians in legislatures. Due to women’s shared experiences and perspectives within the broader public, the argument goes on, electing more women to legislatures might further the substantive representation of women. While […]

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    Has the pandemic revealed the gendered fault-lines in India’s labour markets?

Has the pandemic revealed the gendered fault-lines in India’s labour markets?

By Mitali Nikore and Poorva Prabhu

In a recent piece on India’s labour markets, The Economist noted, “During the pandemic, women have typically been the first in India to lose their jobs and the last to regain them.” While COVID-19 has helped in shining a spotlight on gender gaps, Indian women’s marginalisation from labour markets is not new, it’s a tale […]

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