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    Online conferences: opening opportunities or reproducing inequality?

Online conferences: opening opportunities or reproducing inequality?

by Dr. Catherine Oliver

In our recent paper ‘(dis-)belonging bodies’, my co-author (Amelia Morris, University of Law) and I contended that academic conferences are spaces that centre masculinity and whiteness, meaning that ‘outsiders’ must work harder to ‘break into’ these spaces. The academic conference space is exceptional to the everyday work of academia, yet participating is a central demand, especially for […]

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    Indian Apathy and Systemic Violence against Women in Kashmir

Indian Apathy and Systemic Violence against Women in Kashmir

by Zohra Batul

Violent discourse legitimizes violence and creates incentives for the populist government to make vindictive policies.

The reality of Indian democracy is most conspicuously exposed in Kashmir, a truth that no nationalist Indian wants to hear. On August 5, 2019, the Indian state stripped Kashmir of article-370 followed by the denial of very essential rights via regular crackdowns on […]

September 14th, 2020|Featured, Politics, Society|0 Comments|
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    Policing the borders of sex/gender in Kuwait: on transmisogyny and state-mediated violence

Policing the borders of sex/gender in Kuwait: on transmisogyny and state-mediated violence

by Nour Almazidi

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“Have you heard about Maha?”

On June 5, 2020, I woke up to a flood of messages asking if I have seen the series of Snapchat videos that Maha Al-Mutairi, a Kuwaiti transgender woman publicly posted while she drove to a detention centre to be arrested and jailed under Article 198 for […]

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    Shrouding inequalities through benevolent sexism and gender stereotyping: A stray encounter with yet another discriminatory law

Shrouding inequalities through benevolent sexism and gender stereotyping: A stray encounter with yet another discriminatory law

by Paras Ahuja and Rahul Garg

Photo by: Juergen Telkmann, Tags Equality on flickr

One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman
-Simone De Beauvoir

Despite prolific attempts by activists, growing nation-wide awareness on gender equality and an increase in egalitarian legislation and growing policy efforts, gender equality has been a distant dream in many contexts, perhaps far too high to be achieved. Sexist […]

July 20th, 2020|Featured, Society|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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    Gender and disability in informal settlements during COVID-19: What we have learnt so far

Gender and disability in informal settlements during COVID-19: What we have learnt so far

by Ignacia Ossul-Vermehren

Image credit: author, Dworzark informal settlement, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

How are women, in particular disabled women, affected by COVID-19 in informal settlements in the global South? Although there is a range of information emerging (in addition to what we can extrapolate from previous health crises), in reality it is difficult to know, at this stage, the extent to […]

Producing women through toilets and sanitary products

by Saumya Pandey

On 27th May 2014, two Dalit girls, aged 14 and 15, out for open defecation were allegedly kidnapped, gang raped, killed and hung from a mango tree in the Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh. The same month the BBC reported on why India’s sanitation crisis kills women with evidence suggesting that the absence of toilets at home led […]

Men, Sex Work, and the Construction of Sexual Victimhood

by David Eichert

This blog post is based on an article published by the author in the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law.

In early 2018 the United States Congress passed the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). The bill, ostensibly meant to end Internet-based sex trafficking, allows website operators like Facebook and Craigslist to be prosecuted for third-party content […]

Domestic Violence – The Shadow Pandemic

by Aniket A. Panchal and G Vishal

‘Home is where the heart is’ is an adage that has been prevalent in society since time immemorial. Humans built shelters to protect themselves, and as time went by, a person’s home became the centre of their universe; the one place in the entire world where safety and security are guaranteed. There are many groups […]

The Politics of Rainbow Maps

by Francesca Romana Ammaturo and Koen Slootmaeckers

Every year, around the International Day Against Homo, Bi, and Transphobia, ILGA Europe, the biggest LGBTQI+ umbrella organisation in Europe working on LGBTQI+ rights, releases its Rainbow Index and Rainbow Map into the world. This moment generates a lot of media attention to the plight of LGBTQI+ rights in Europe and provides an important […]

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