An eerie sight met the eyes of those walking along Beirut’s picturesque corniche last week. 31 wedding dresses billowed in the breeze, hung from trees on the seafront by activists protesting a controversial loophole in the country’s law on rape. The wedding dresses represent the latest in a string of protests in Lebanon and the … Continue reading Lebanese women push back against the law that allows rapists to escape prison by marrying their victims
Ever since Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States last Friday, the simple act of checking the news has become a distressing activity for millions of people both inside America and worldwide. Since his inauguration Trump has signed executive order after executive order, launching a terrifying campaign against freedom of information … Continue reading 8 TED Talks to get you through Trump’s first week – and inspire you to #resist
By Francesca Kelsall Saturday the 21st of January 2017 is certain to go down as a momentous day in the history of human rights. Around the globe, across all seven continents, demonstrations took place as a symbol of strength and unity in protest of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the … Continue reading “Love Trumps Hate”
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
By Julia Abbiss I’m not a crier. I often feel uncomfortable, even in the company of my closest friends, letting myself break down into the ugliest cry during my darkest of days. But on the morning of November 9th, I found myself sitting on a bench downtown with tears streaming down my already soaked face. … Continue reading Hell hath no fury like a nasty woman scorned
Education: The chance to gain an understanding of the world; the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge on which to build a career; a fundamental human right, taken for granted by those who enjoy its benefits. It is not news to anyone that education is one of the most fundamental areas of inequality worldwide. … Continue reading Breaking barriers and challenging social norms: Menstrual health and education in Tanzania
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?
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