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FiLiA STATEMENT: Letter to Leyla Guven
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
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 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
Do asylum seekers really live a life of luxury while their claims are determined? FiLiA trustee and human rights barrister Julian Norman explains the reality.
The representation of women’s bodies has been subject to masculinist authority for much of recorded history. Before the 19th century, religious leaders in the West informed women it was the lusty, disobedient Eve, not Adam, who was to blame for earthly sexual corruption. Since the 19th century, scientists added to the historical narrative the ‘truth’ that women were incapable of taking up positions of authority in the public sphere since women’s hormones and brains were clearly responsible for their educational, social and political inferior status.
Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne hosted an event at the House of Lords asking the University of Reading and FiLiA to invite experts to discuss Gender-Based Violence and the UK’s Obligations under the UN Convention Against Torture with view to compiling a shadow report to present to the periodic review of states party to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in April next year.
Marks and Spencer, the iconic British department store which was once an advocate of the big ‘granny’ pant, has shown insensitivity and fallen victim to modern day sexualisation of women.
Its Christmas ‘Must Haves’ window display in its Nottingham store features men dressed in suits and ‘dressed to impress’, whilst the female mannequins are near-naked in sexy lingerie.
1988, Margaret Thatcher: “Conservative women are above all practical... They do not attempt to advance women's rights by addressing you, Madam Chairman, as Madam Chairperson, or Madam Chair or worse [pause] simply as Chair. With feminists like that, who needs male chauvinists?'
Watching the reaction to Marks & Spencers’ #fancylittleknickers adverts has been illuminating. Women in Nottingham complained that the juxtaposition of “MUST HAVE outfits to impress” with fully clothed male mannequins and “MUST HAVE fancy little knickers” on female mannequins was reflective of a wider problem with objectification of women, including in advertising, and was in poor taste given the recent Irish case in which a seventeen year old girl’s fancy little knickers were held up in front of a jury as evidence that she might have been out on the razzle, and therefore presumably up for it with any older man in the mud on a lane.
‘Marks and Spencer has come under fire for a new festive window display that showcases some seasonal sartorial “must-haves” for its customers: for men, a snappy new suit, and for women? Lingerie.’ …
Full article HERE
Banks are banning landlords from renting to people on benefits, and this is what that really means:
95% of single parent housing benefit claimants are women
66% of all single person household benefit claims are made by women.
We need you to sign and share this petition as far and wide as possible to get the government to take action. We only need 100,000 signatures to have this debated in parliament.
Jill Filipovic writing for the Guardian has documented the changes proposed by Betsy DeVos to make it nearly impossible for women on American university campuses to challenge the culture of sexual violence which is now endemic.