• 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Contested love in times of conflict

    *names have been changed for security reasons.  Sarah Adam, a Sudanese LGBT+ activist and filmmaker, was sitting in a public café in Khartoum, Sudan, when she got a call from Tunis. “We won third prize!”, her colleague shouted through the phone. “I went crazy”, she remembers...
  • A threatening present, an uncertain future

    Last month, Brazil elected its first right-wing president since the end of the military regime in 1985. Jair Bolsonaro was elected despite a history of controversial statements against minorities that gave him the name of “Trump of the Tropics”. His history of threats and discriminatory statements...
  • On patriarchy and blood

    11 October 2018 marked the annual International Day of the Girl Child, a UN day carrying a reminder to renew our commitment to support every girl and non-binary child to develop their skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach their full potential. As well...
  • Not all heroes wear capes

    April 19, 2018 marked an important date in the modern history of Nicaragua. Leading up to that day, the Nicaraguan people have risen up against the current government in a series of protests which have resulted approximately 300 deaths and 2,000 persons injured. Role in the...
  • Brazil, behind the scene: lynching and Facebook

    Brazil is experiencing an increase of homicides.  Parallel to this there is an increase in lynching. Facebook and the web are at the forefront of these tragedies. Behind each case is a cause in common: impunity. Yet, is the practice of mob violence  succeeding to bring...
  • At What Cost?

    In July 2018, Global Witness, a campaigning organization which works to end environmental and human rights abuses driven by the exploitation of natural resources and corruption, released the ‘At What Cost?’ report. The report explores the link between irresponsible business and the murder of land and environmental...
  • When the winds blow away, where does the mind go?

    During the extremely active 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, major Hurricanes Irma and Maria made landfall on several Caribbean territories. CARICOM member and associate-member States were affected by these hurricanes, with Dominica and Barbuda among the more severely impacted islands. Floods, earthquakes and hurricanes are some of...
  • Protests in Nicaragua

    Facebook’s crucial role in Nicaragua’s civil unrest

    Nicaragua’s civil unrest has now claimed 448 lives since protests began on 18 April. Initial backlash started after President Daniel Ortega implemented controversial pension reforms, but the unfair treatment of peaceful protestors has led to more than three months of violence. The pension reforms were quickly...
  • Friend or foe? The plight of Afghan refugees in Iran

    Iran and Afghanistan have a rich shared history. Parts of Afghanistan were once jewels of the Iranian Empire and the country’s population, particularly Persian-speaking ethnic groups, still share many cultural practices and references with Iran. However, Afghanistan’s recent history, in which it has been plagued by...
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