“Iraq’s female citizens: prisoners of war” – Yanar Mohammed and Jennifer Allsopp in Interview

From an interview published on http://www.opendemocracy.net – Iraqi woman human rights defender Yanar Mohammed spoke to Jennifer Allsopp at the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference about grass-roots responses to the atrocities women are facing under ISIS. On the second day of the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference on building global support for women human rights defenders, the…

“Iranian women human rights defenders: challenges and opportunities” – Leila Alikarami

Leila Alikarami writes on http://www.opendemocracy.net If President Rouhani honours his promises and ‘de-securitises’ the general atmosphere, the work of women human rights defenders could lead to significant and tangible change towards ensuring human rights for Iranian citizens. More than fifty Iranian women human rights defenders are currently behind the bars in Iran. They are spending…

“No One Is Free Until All Are Free” – Chris Hedges

This column is adapted from a talk Chris Hedges gave Friday night at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. VANCOUVER, British Columbia—The scourge of male violence against women will not end if we dismantle the forces of global capitalism. The scourge of male violence exists independently of capitalism, empire and colonialism. It is a separate evil.…

“A brief history of African feminism” – Ms Afropolitan

Minna Salami writes on Ms Afropolitan: Can I start this post with saying, “SIGH”. Reason for my exasperation is the continued suggestion that feminism is “unAfrican” – whatever “unAfrican” means. Personally, I missed the how-to-be-an-African memo! The truth is that feminism is an absolute necessity for African societies. We rank lowest in the global gender…