By Francesca Kelsall As Internet access across the world becomes more and more pervasive, the use of social media is growing exponentially. Whilst some of the consequences of this development are positive, such as access to information, others are much more sinister. The BBC has recently launched an investigation entitled “Sex, Honour and Blackmail in … Continue reading Online Shame: Women’s Empowerment and Modern Techniques of Repression
November 8th 2016 is being hailed by some as the greatest day in US political history. The day the people took back power from the “political establishment”. For others, it represents the sadness, disappointment and despair that came with the realisation that an arrogant, divisive and abusive individual was able to rally a majority of … Continue reading Hard Choices: Trump, Brexit and the Rise of the Far Right
Earlier this month, National Geographic released an article entitled ‘The Changing Face of Saudi Women’, celebrating the achievements of young Saudi women who are increasingly entering the work force and “redefining the boundaries of public life”. The idea of women’s empowerment in such a deeply conservative country is surely cause for celebration, but it cannot … Continue reading The Changing Face of Saudi Women?
When one thinks of the Maldives, a number of images spring to mind: sparkling blue lagoons, infinite white beaches and luxurious lodges on the edge of the ocean. As a frequented destination for the most exclusive of honeymooners, you would be forgiven for believing that this collection of Indian Ocean islands is the epitome of … Continue reading Trouble in Paradise: Amal Clooney’s Fight for Justice in the Maldives
I have recently read Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy. A thought that went through my mind as I finished each page, each chapter, and eventually the whole book was simply, ‘Yes’. I say yes to this book. It contains stories that need to be heard and … Continue reading Mona Eltahawy: Leading the Middle East’s Sexual Revolution
When we think of the Gulf, we picture towering skyscrapers, dazzling wealth, and the unique mix of cultures, languages and fashions. We rarely think about the unseen people who built the chrome jungles, or those responsible for keeping them clean, pristine and tourist-ready. The recent arrest of a team of BBC journalists reporting on the … Continue reading Qatar 2022: A Golden Opportunity in the Fight for Workers’ Rights in the Gulf