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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 […]

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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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    LGBTQ+ issues as Electoral Fuel: Insights from a Polarized Poland

LGBTQ+ issues as Electoral Fuel: Insights from a Polarized Poland

by Selen Eşençay

“To me, it was so humiliating Like in 2020, I have to say I am human? It’s horrible.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic restrained the traditional June Pride march, which had to move from the streets to social media, the debate on LGBTQ+ rights became the key battlefield in the Polish presidential election. Since the conservative Polish President Andrzej Duda […]

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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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    The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Refugee Women and Girls

The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Refugee Women and Girls

by Angelina Dash

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to expose power disparities in society, it has become clear that refugees[1] are experiencing a unique set of challenges as a result of the health crisis. Images from refugee camps in Greece and Bangladesh raise questions about how far social distancing is possible for refugees. Further, language barriers and a fear of […]

Conflict and Gender: Understanding the intersections

by Arshi Showkat

Conflict is not unidimensional; it is not bidirectional either. It manifests in more ways than that may be perceptible at a time. Indeed, these experiences are always evolving and in flux, especially in protracted conflicts like Kashmir. Decades of conflict in the Himalayan region of Kashmir has left no aspect of life immune and seeped into the minutiae […]

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    Understanding the Adverse Effects of Stereotypes on Sexual Minorities in International Refugee Law Frameworks

Understanding the Adverse Effects of Stereotypes on Sexual Minorities in International Refugee Law Frameworks

by Shubham Tiwary

Despite the gradual acceptance and recognition of rights of sexual minorities, more than 68 countries still criminalize consensual same-sex sexual acts, with severity of punishment in these countries going as extreme as the death penalty.  However, state-sanctioned homophobia is not the only form of hostility. It can also be observed in the form of a state’s tolerance and/or […]

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    “Gender Equality as Smart Economics”: Questioning the Assumptions behind the Claim

“Gender Equality as Smart Economics”: Questioning the Assumptions behind the Claim

by Cecilia Berlanga Alessio Robles

Image credit: Ana G. Urdaneta

The “business case” for gender equality and women’s empowerment has become widely internalized, pursued and institutionalized by development agencies, national governments and corporate social responsibility initiatives. For decades, the idea of gender equality as smart economics has prevailed as the rationale behind policies and programs implemented mainly in low-income and developing countries. […]

July 23rd, 2020|Featured, Policy|0 Comments|

Coercion and Agency in Zimbabwean Sex Work

by Boetumelo Julianne Nyasulu

With the patriarchal structures, deteriorating economic state, and constrained employment opportunities within Zimbabwean society, comes an issue that Laura Agustin describes as the “conundrum of agency” within sex work. That is, the tension and challenges that emerge between force and choice in work in the sex industry. Eurocentric notions of agency understand it as “the ability […]

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    When COVID-19 Becomes a Political Ally: Poland’s Law on Abortion

When COVID-19 Becomes a Political Ally: Poland’s Law on Abortion

by Selen Eşençay

On April 15, the Polish Parliament enacted the “Stop Abortion” bill. However, the Sejm decided to redirect the bill for further review in parliamentary committees. Although the bill was not a primary project of the Polish Government, the governing Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość) was criticized for taking advantage of COVID-19 restrictive measures by trying to pass […]

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