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Vibrant lockdown walks

by Daniela Meneses Sala

In March 2020, the government announced that individuals in England were allowed to leave home only for the purpose of shopping for basic necessities, medical needs, travelling to work where it could not be conducted from home, and for “one form of exercise a day – for example, a run, walk or cycle”. As a result […]

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    Who is afraid of the rainbow? The politics of LGBTQ symbols in Turkey

Who is afraid of the rainbow? The politics of LGBTQ symbols in Turkey

by Tunay Altay

On 14 April 2021, a group of students from Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (Ortadogu Teknik Universiversitesi, ODTÜ) gathered at a staircase on campus in Ankara. This staircase was no different from any other staircase on the 11,100-acre campus, yet this was the third time in a fortnight that the students had met at the same point, carrying […]

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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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    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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    Engenderings stands in solidarity with Aurat Azadi March organisers in Pakistan

Engenderings stands in solidarity with Aurat Azadi March organisers in Pakistan

As gender and feminist scholars, and some of us members of the Engenderings collective, we express full solidarity with organisers of Aurat Azadi March in Pakistan, who organised peaceful events in different cities on March 8, marked as International Women’s Day across the world. We condemn the vicious online campaign, blasphemy allegations based on falsified evidence, and threats to […]

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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 […]

Viva la Vulva: the advertisement that divides Italian women

By Giorgia Baldi

It is ironic that a simple TV advertisement should create such a controversy in Italy in 2020. Nuvenia, a company producing female sanitary napkins, launched a campaign named ‘Viva la Vulva’ linked to the taboos associated with the female body. The TV advertisement shows diverse objects which represent the vagina (‘vulva’) such as shells, fruits, an embroidered […]

Kashmiri Women’s Songs of Resistance

by Samreen Mushtaq

Photo credit: Showkat Nanda from Watergam, Baramulla, 2009. Republished for this post with permission

On 23 February, 2020, over six months into fast pacing settler colonialism and imposition of a communication blackout by the Indian state in and over Kashmir, an anonymous collective of Kashmiri women by the name of Zanaan Wanaan (Kashmiri for ‘Women speak’) came out […]

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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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