THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF ACADEMIA

THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF ACADEMIA

By Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans 

In the current UK academy, the deployment of the ‘No Platform’ policy now seems to have migrated to a ‘No Journal Editor’ policy as evidenced by the pressure put on two academics last week to stand down from their editorial roles. In the first instance, Sarah Honeychurch, one of the editors of the journal Hybrid Pedagogy, received a formal email from Chris Friend, Assistant Professor of English at St. Leo University Florida, the journal’s managing editor. He “invited her to resign her position” because she had signed a letter to the Sunday Times.

THE NORDIC MODEL

THE NORDIC MODEL

By Heather Brunskell-Evans

In a ‘voice piece’ published on the 11th June in the Independent, Molly Smith suggests that the safety of “sex workers” can only be guaranteed through full decriminalisation of all laws relating to prostitution. She alleges that whenever there are laws criminalising prostitution, a misogynistic state and police brutality stigmatise and victimize women.

THE SYSTEM OF PROSTITUTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

THE SYSTEM OF PROSTITUTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

Here are two documents that may be of interest to those fighting against the System of Prostitution.

  1. THE LEGAL OBLIGATIONS ON UK STATE BODIES FOR DECISION-MAKING AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT ON PROSTITUTION
    By Louise Whitfield, Partner Deighton Pierce Glynn Solicitors

  2. PROSTITUTION UNDER INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW: AN ANALYSIS OF STATES’ OBLIGATIONS AND THE BEST WAYS TO IMPLEMENT THEM
    By CAP International

FAMILY COURTS: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

FAMILY COURTS: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Family courts: the elephant in the room
Anonymous Guest Blog

I used to wonder why mothers and their children who have experienced domestic violence seemed to have a horrendous experience when the family courts became involved.  I could not understand why perpetrators of abuse were getting contact based on their needs, and changes in residency were granted in favour of them. I could not understand how rights of contact were more important than the risk of continued violence, why mothers’ allegations were repeatedly ignored or why they fell silent when they entered the family court domain.

HAVING TO FIGHT FOR EVERY LITTLE THING: BEING A FEMINIST IN AFGHANISTAN

HAVING TO FIGHT FOR EVERY LITTLE THING: BEING A FEMINIST IN AFGHANISTAN

HAVING TO FIGHT FOR EVERY LITTLE THING: BEING A FEMINIST IN AFGHANISTAN

INTERVIEW with BATUL MORADI By Francine Sporenda

Batul Moradi was born in Iran from an Afghan family. She moved to Kabul in 2003. She is a journalist, poet, children’s magazines’ illustrator and has directed several movies. Married and a mother of two, she got divorced and had then to fight the accusations of adultery made by her ex-husband. She became famous in Afghanistan for having resorted successfully to DNA testing to disprove these accusations and having written a book, « Qharf » (Slander) about her ordeal. Her letter about the plight of Afghan women has been read at the last FiLiA conference in October 2018 by Kate Smurthwaite.

FEMINISM, SOMETHING OF OLD

FEMINISM, SOMETHING OF OLD

FEMINISM, SOMETHING OF OLD 
By Diana Santiago, The Kujieleza Wall

Every year, when the world celebrates a woman, Rosa comes to mind.

Rosa was my mother’s granny, my great grandmother. All her years, she lived in Yivu, a tiny village in Maracha district in the West Nile Region of Uganda.

Rosa was the truest embodiment of a phenomenal woman.

Yours in Struggle: how secondwave feminist periodicals mediated internal conflict and formed political theory

Yours in Struggle: how secondwave feminist periodicals mediated internal conflict and formed political theory

Yours in Struggle: how secondwave feminist periodicals mediated internal conflict and formed political theory

Secondwave feminist periodicals: not to be underestimated

 By Bec Wonders

Women’s publishing experienced an unprecedented moment between the late 1960s and early 1990s in the U.K., the U.S., Canada, France and notable examples in India. Women’s bookstores, publishers, periodicals, distributors, editors and printers acted as a foundational mechanism for feminist theory to circulate and develop. During the secondwave of feminism, periodicals in particular made up the mortar which glued together different strands of thought and organizations, building the irregular but impressive superstructure of the women's liberation movement. It is through communication in secondwave feminist periodicals that we get a glimpse into the inner workings of the movement. With the advantage of being able to look back, we have a duty as feminists today to engage with these highly laboured documents.

FEMINIST ACTIVISM - Gemma Aitchison

FEMINIST ACTIVISM - Gemma Aitchison

Yesterday I went on a protest for access to justice for women and girls. Because justice is a basic right of citizenship and yet because of entrenched sexual objectification of women and girls, it is one we are denied. This is a response to the between 1.3 and 1.8% conviction rate. The use of porn as an excuse for accidentally murdering us. The lack of taking women seriously leading to more crime. The consistent problem of police committing sexual exploitation and domestic abuse without action. Finally the new rule of electronic devices for seven year history for those reporting rape. #ENOUGH

THE VIEW FROM EUROPE: PROTECTING POLICY FROM POPULISM

The view from Europe: protecting policy from populism 

Gender equality has been recognized for decades not only as a fundamental principle of the European Union but as one of the EU’s long-term success stories, a part of its identity. The  introduction of the concept of gender mainstreaming in the European treaties in the 90’s reflected the idea that gender equality was about more than adding a few women into decision-making positions. Instead, it required a fundamental review of policy – including the principles of democracy, transparency and inclusiveness.

FiLiA STATEMENT: Letter to Leyla Guven

FiLiA STATEMENT: Letter to Leyla Guven

Dear Leyla,

We write to you from FiLiA with solidarity, admiration and hope for a positive outcome from your hunger strike.

Your dedication to the protection of your compatriots, your party, and of human rights and justice in Turkey is unsurpassed. You are not alone, and many are striking with you.

Your defence of peace and democracy is a global campaign, too. Through your actions, you are protecting and inspiring people you have never met who face oppression, marginalisation and false imprisonment within their own countries.

Your ‘Open Letter to the Women of the World’ was an important contribution to the Global Women’s Liberation Movement. We join you in asking that "All the women of the world need to be saying enough to fascism, enough to dictatorship!"

We commend your bravery and determination, and we hope you will soon be able to end your hunger strike and make a return to full health.

We call upon Erdogan to end the isolation against Abdullah Ocalan in response to your campaign. With Martin Dolzer, we call upon the European Union to act as an interlocutor on your behalf.

In peace, since peace is what you strike for,

Members of FiLiA

https://speakupforleyla.org/

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FiLiA STATEMENT: Iran and the UN Women's Rights Committee

FiLiA STATEMENT: Iran and the UN Women's Rights Committee

FiLiA STATEMENT: Iran and the UN Women's Rights Committee

Iran has been invited to sit on the UN Women’s Rights Committee in the same week that prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, has been sentenced to 148 lashes and 38 years in jail for her work on emancipating women from forced wearing of the hijab. One of the most dangerous countries in the world in which to be a woman now sits on the UN board which judges complaints of women’s rights violations.

FiLiA STATEMENT: SALLY CHALLEN

FiLiA is delighted that a panel of Court of Appeal judges have quashed the conviction of Sally Challen for the murder of her husband in this landmark ruling. This case marks a recognition of ‘coercive control’, a form of psychological abuse, as potentially diminishing responsibility.

When Challen was convicted, sexist media coverage surrounding the trial depicted her as manipulative, deranged and emotionally defective while eschewing any serious consideration of her mental health. Though Challen faces a retrial, FiLiA hopes that this ruling represents a step towards more nuanced and compassionate treatment of abused women, both in the media and the UK courts.

by Adeline Chandler

#FreeSallyChallen