The f word and the oh-so dirty truth

“Does my feminism make you uncomfortable? Great, I’ll shout louder”: Augusta explains, why the f word shouldn’t compel people recoil into a shell of isolation, but should be celebrated. The f word. A dirty word. A divisive non-issue, if you would believe the rhetoric espoused by some. But in a year where the funding of…

The Skin Trade: A Growing and Gruesome Crime

Women and Health Contributor Eshi Vaz, shares the secrets behind an unconscionable economic trade The philosopher and economist Amartya Sen is noted to have said that ‘poverty is not just a lack of money; it is not having the capability to realise one’s full potential as a human being’. To this extent, thousands of trafficked…

Photoseries: The Women of UCL

 To round off our IWD special, Chiara Vivaldi, women’s contributor shared the stories of some of the brilliant women of UCL. Enjoy!! Hannah and Karin      Hannah Wei, Economics Women in finance is a very large society here in UCL: its central purpose is to promote women’s rights in the financial field and, more broadly, in…

And the Fight Continues: What on earth is a “women’s strike”?

Elliote talks about just how some women are commemorating IWD… Every year, the 8th of March marks International Women’s Day. Like Mothers’ Day, and similar observances, many see the 8th March as a day to celebrate women in all our shining glory and to congratulate us on the ‘special’ role we play in the lives…

A violation from within…

Hannah Overton, The Amnesty’s Health and Women contributor sheds light on this dark practise, as she accounts the testimony of survivor and activist Sarian… “Sande belongs to women and all women belong to it” – Ruth B. Phillips Sande. Bundu. Zadegi. All the same society. All the same rituals. All the same horror. This society…

“Hey Baby”- the catcalling conundrum

Women’s Editor, Anne Blanken, shares her disdain at a practise that continues to rare its ugly head each time a woman walks down the street…  Head up, stand tall. Focus on a point in the distance. Don’t make eye contact. Adjust clothing to cover any bare skin – discretely. Don’t be obvious. Appear confident, they smell…

I was raped. I have the right to remain anonymous. But I shouldn’t have to.

Hannah Overton, superhero extraordinaire, shares this touching story about overcoming one of the most egregious things that could ever happen to a woman… It was our second date. Already head over heels for each other, we were in bed and he began to touch me. “Stop”, I said playfully. He didn’t. My playfulness turned to panic. “I…

Why I joined the Women’s March on London…

The Women’s March was a powerful statement of non-compliance and protest against an incoming administration, and the stagnant position of women in general, The Amnesty spoke to some amazing activists who expressed their motivations for marching too… Last week, I wrote a rather damning assessment on the future and face of the Feminist movement. I particularly…

Trapped in Iran: 275 days and counting

Anne Blanken, our Women’s Editor, launches our ‘2016: A Year in Reflection’ series as she recounts one of the most outrageous detentions of 2016… British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has fallen victim to an intricate and extended political ploy that has seen her human rights tested, abused, and disrespected. On April 3rd she was arbitrarily detained by…

Rise and Repeal: The dawn of real reproductive rights reform in Ireland

On September 24th, despite bus strikes and heavy rain, an estimated 25,000 people gathered in Dublin for the ‘Rise and Repeal’ march, organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign. It was the biggest ever pro-choice march in Dublin and there were solidarity demonstrations in 25 cities around the world — from New York City to Kathmandu….