Policy

Hijras and the legacy of British colonial rule in India

by Sophie Hunter

On 6 September last year the Supreme Court of India struck down Section 377 (S377) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), decriminalising homosexuality. Introduced during British colonial rule in India in 1864 as a legal transplant of the British 1533 Buggery Act, this section criminalised non-procreative sexualities. Historically it was used to target, among others, transgender persons, […]

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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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    Tackling sexual harassment and bullying in higher education: towards a more comprehensive policy response

Tackling sexual harassment and bullying in higher education: towards a more comprehensive policy response

by the Alliance of Women in Academia

Bullying and sexual harassment are gaining unprecedented visibility with Hollywood’s #timesup movement and the adoption of #metoo. We know that bullying and sexual harassment exists in every sector and in every country, and academia is no exception. As with other sectors, the current culture of limited opportunities and resources requires individuals to compete […]

May 30th, 2018|Featured, Policy|1 Comment|
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    Big G and small g: Understanding gender and its relationship to family violence

Big G and small g: Understanding gender and its relationship to family violence

by Sophie Yates

I recently published a journal article about the wide variety of definitions I came across when I asked Australian policy actors what they mean when they say ‘gender’. I found this variety concerning because statements like “family violence is a gendered issue” are common (and commonly debated) in the family violence field – but if people working […]

Survival Sex and Humanitarian Agencies

by Ghaida Motahar 

Good intentions do not justify the bad deeds. Oxfam is an international confederation working on poverty alleviation in 90 countries across the globe. The organization is known for its efforts in raising gender inequality issues, and taking pride in claiming of putting women in the heart of what they do. Sexual harassment and abuse as a gendered form of violence […]

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    Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy: Security for whom?

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy: Security for whom?

by Laura Nacyte 

In the summer of 2017, Canada launched its Feminist International Assistance Policy (CFIAP). A welcome addition on the global stage to Sweden’s feminist foreign policy—released in 2014—it is aimed primarily at gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The policy sets out other action areas as follows: human dignity, growth that works for everyone, environment and climate action, inclusive […]

January 22nd, 2018|Featured, Policy|1 Comment|

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