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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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    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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    Why white women crying is still racist: The work of trauma narratives in self-stories of transracialism

Why white women crying is still racist: The work of trauma narratives in self-stories of transracialism

by Alanah Mortlock

The thing about writing your PhD on transracialism is that whenever one of these stories breaks, you’re the first person everyone you know wants to send it to. So when the Jessica Krug story broke in early September, I didn’t have to go looking for it: it was delivered directly to me by well-meaning acquaintances and loved […]

Work From Home and Masculinity in a Pandemic World

By Ria Chauhan

Can unpaid (domestic and care) work culture in India change under COVID?

With the onset of the pandemic, the amount of unpaid work needed at home has increased, further intensifying the workload for girls and women. Can the current push for working from home, also be accompanied by a push for working at home? As we are living […]

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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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