• The tide is turning

    For the first time, this year’s World Oceans Day gave an opportunity to explore the gender dimension of humankind’s relationship with the ocean. A concerted action towards gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is still needed in all ocean-related sectors to achieve gender...
  • Rape victims lost in bureaucratic maze

    The 2017 resurgence of the #MeToo movement has once again sparked a global dialogue about how rape culture affects victims all over the world. It’s not hard to see why, statistics about sexual violence on college campuses, in the workplace, in the home, and even in...
  • Stunted womanhood

    Previously confined to some African countries, a harmful practice that aims to delays girls’ breast formation is now spreading to the UK.  Breast ironing, or breast flattening, involves the use of heated objects such as stones and hammers to pound and massage pubescent girls’ breasts so...
  • The personal is political

    Warning: this article contains graphic descriptions of sexual abuse and torture. Relevant sections are marked and can be skipped by sensitive readers. “I was 24 years old, it was a long time ago. But I can tell you I continue suffering from the result of my...
  • “Our New Ellis Island Is a Detention Center”

    Today, headlines about the United States’ southern border are pervasive in the American news cycle, from criticisms of policies being put forth by the Trump Administration to descriptions of the conditions that migrants are fleeing—One need only to read about the murder rate in Honduras and...
  • Why Malawi needs a stronger feminist movement

    I am joining this conversation not just as an African woman but also as a professional in the women’s rights space. I join those that argue that in the last years we have witnessed an unprecedented political debate on issues concerning women. Numerous articles on the...
  • Caribbean women: our health is our freedom

    “Endo what?”, she said. This is a common response of those who have never encountered this disease.  Pronounced en-do-me-tri-osis, it is one of the most complex and least understood diseases within the medical field, often resulting in numerous misdiagnoses. This disease only affects women. More than...
  • Rwanda: a new generation

    Inside the Mashirika Performing Arts and Media Company office in Kimironko, a suburb of Rwanda’s capital Kigali, loud voices welcome you as you step in. These young people all share something in common: they were born just after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, some of...
  • Renewables: friend or foe?

    As worries about climate change increase, so do the critiques on the way energy is produced. Renewables seem to be promoted as never before, forming part of the Paris climate agreement. However, shifts to green energy have been criticised for not always taking to consideration the...
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    The chase of beauty

    Fashion has always played a significant role in human life as an instrument of society, a manifestation of social and economic structures. It is a language that has the most recognizable sound; crafted on the bone and decorated on the skin – mostly on women.  ...
  • Wake up! and smell the gender-equal coffee

    When Florence Njiraini’s husband gifted her 1,500 coffee plants on the slopes of Mt. Kenya years ago, she knew almost nothing about farming. In some countries, traditionally, cash crops are considered men’s crops, whereas the food crops are for the women. Determined to make her plot...
  • In poetry, Afghan women have found the voice of liberation

    I will not submit to exhaustion. I will not become accustomed to sadness. My heart seeks a window for hope, Two wings to fly, and a lifetime of freedom. I want my hours spent awake to be as sweet as my dreams. A woman shouldn’t have...
  • In Nicaragua, you protest with defiant red lips

    Currently, for Nicaraguans it is very dangerous to express their repudiation of the regime of President Daniel Ortega. The Nicaraguan government has expelled the United Nations human rights delegation from the country, has removed legal registration from the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights and other non-governmental...
  • How UK refugees are using theatre to fight xenophobia

    As he speaks, Emirjon’s eyes are brimmed with hope, typical of those with burning passions and dreams to chase. Sat in the dim light surrounding a stage in an East London venue, Emirjon, along with his colleagues, is taking a break from a play rehearsal. “Trust...
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    Caribbean community supports 1.5 degree climate target

    This year, the annual Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place in Katowice, Poland, bringing together a registered 14,000 party delegates for two weeks of intensive climate talks. This 24th COP was considered the most important UNFCCC...
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