activism

  • Safe activism: How to protect yourself while defending civil liberties in Iran

    United for Iran is an NGO that aims to defend human rights in Iran by increasing the awareness of civil society and engaging citizens through technology. Their project Safe Activism: Reducing the Risks and Impact of Arrest is an innovative attempt to secure the rights of political prisoners through...
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    Feminism: more than just a fashion trend

    In the aftermath of the Women’s March on Washington big fashion brands saw a market opportunity. Dior, inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie´s essay, was one of the first to tailor their spring 2017 collection to the “feminist cause”, with t-shirts reading “WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS”, across the front....
  • Against enemy culture

    When I met Maria Hadjipavlou – a pioneering activist and well-known expert on conflict resolution and gender issues – one Wednesday around the end of February, we met in the buffer zone and the negotiations between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots just had been stalled – again. I had...
  • Revolution, not resolution

    2016 has been a dreadful year for many reasons. The rise of a politics dominated by real or imaginary scandals and post-truth rhetoric rather than debates on real needs and policy issues. The intensification of violence, hate, intolerance, cynicism, opportunism and frustration often amplified by technologically mediated social relations...
  • How They Silence Women

    Sudan is ruled by one of the most oppressive regimes in the world. As Words in the Bucket mentioned in a previous article, the country ranks 174 out of 180 in press freedom, and freedom of speech and opinion is not well accepted in the country. While male journalists,...
  • Alvin Ailey: Dance for Rights

    “ We talk too much of black art when we should be talking about art, just art. Black composers must be free to write rondos and fugues, not only protest songs. I use Ellington and I want to use more of his music, but it’s music.” With these words...
  • The Charlie Hebdos you don’t hear about

    Charlie Hebdo has become the face of freedom of expression worldwide. The hashtag “Je Suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie” was used millions of times and spread around the internet like wildfire. It expresses solidarity and support for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, but it primarily represents support...