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The complicated relief of the ‘rape rule’

The complicated relief of the ‘rape rule’

As the world watched Donald Trump’s inauguration on 20 January, the UK Department for Work and Pensions quietly announced that a controversial policy would be moving forward despite considerable concern and debate. The so-called ‘Rape Clause,’ originally announced within the 2015 budget by then chancellor, George Osborn, came into force on 6 April without a...
Machismo, Violence and Impunity

Machismo, Violence and Impunity

Last month, women around the world celebrated International Women’s Day with outdoor concerts, film screenings and poetry readings. However, in Latin America, women were not feeling very celebratory. Thousands flooded into the streets of Brazil, Peru and Argentina in support of the International Women’s Day Strike to rally against gender-based violence, street harassment and income...
The Diplomacy of the Head Scarf

The Diplomacy of the Head Scarf

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far right Front National (FN) and a leading contender in the country’s presidential race, faced a diplomatic hiccup during her trip to Lebanon this past month. Le Pen took the trip in an attempt to improve her foreign policy credentials and garner some positive international press during her...
Silenced Women: The Fight for Recognition in Peru

Silenced Women: The Fight for Recognition in Peru

At the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, soon after then-First Lady Hillary Clinton gave her famous speech declaring that, ‘women’s rights are human rights,’ the President of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, declared his intention to bring reproductive rights to his country’s poorest people. His speech received resounding applause, and The New York Times...
The Mexico City Policy and the Trump Transition

The Mexico City Policy and the Trump Transition

Three days into Donald Trump’s new presidential administration, he followed a long-standing White House tradition and reinstated the Mexico City Policy, referred to by its critics as ‘the global gag rule.’ This law was the brainchild of President Ronald Reagan, who introduced it in 1984 during a United Nations Conference in Mexico City. It provided...
A New War on Women? : Female Incarceration in America

A New War on Women? : Female Incarceration in America

One of the most popular series on Netflix centres on a thirty-something middle-class white woman who unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the federal prison system when she is convicted for a minor drug offense committed a decade prior. Hillary Clinton, the defeated Democratic nominee for President, penned an opinion piece for CNN where she decried...
Who’s left behind by ‘Republican’ feminism?

Who’s left behind by ‘Republican’ feminism?

France has sometimes credited itself with ‘inventing’ feminism during the French Revolution. It seems like French women have somehow managed to perfect work-life balance: around eighty per cent of mothers work full time, while sustaining the second highest birth rate in the European Union. The government has prioritized paid leave and state-funded nurseries, which ninety-nine...
The New ‘Year of the Woman?’:  Female Democrats Play the ‘Woman Card’ in Their Bid to Retake the Senate

The New ‘Year of the Woman?’: Female Democrats Play the ‘Woman Card’ in Their Bid to Retake the Senate

‘Silent’ Hattie Carraway, the first woman elected to the senate, took the floor to speak less than once a year, famously stating that, ‘I hadn’t the heart to take a minute away from the men. The poor dears love it so.’ Senator Carraway held her senate seat for fourteen years after being appointed by the...
Poland's Abortion Rollback: The Uncertain State of Reproductive Rights in Europe

Poland’s Abortion Rollback: The Uncertain State of Reproductive Rights in Europe

This past month thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Warsaw carrying wire hangers and posters featuring anatomical diagrams of the uterus. In Poland, a deeply Catholic country boasting some of the most draconian anti-abortion legislation in the Europe, women may receive an abortion if they can prove their pregnancy is a product of...
Last Chance: What’s Behind North Korea’s Nuclear Threats?

Last Chance: What’s Behind North Korea’s Nuclear Threats?

The capitol is bombed into obliteration and an American flag is engulfed in flames as an ominous voice announces that, ‘merciless nuclear pre-emptive attack waits for enemy’ in broken English. This shocking scene is the most recent installment in North Korea’s propaganda machine, prophesizing the repercussions of ‘American imperialism’ in the form of a devastating...
Sexism in France: The Fate of Women in Politics

Sexism in France: The Fate of Women in Politics

Francois Hollande created the ‘family, children and women’s rights’ ministry in a cabinet reshuffle in February, and the backlash was almost immediate. Feminists across France condemned Hollande’s apparent intention to relegate women to the domestic sphere. MP Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet sarcastically tweeted that ‘Hollande forgot the sewing and ironing’, while Femen France remarked that the president...
Dangerous Year in Reproductive Health

Dangerous Year in Reproductive Health

When China renounced its notorious one-child policy in October, it seemed like draconian family planning rules were a thing of the past.[1] One of the most powerful countries in the world had finally decided to relax its tight grip on family planning and women’s health, relinquishing a policy that had frequently placed it at odds...