Activism

One Hundred Chibok Girls Remain Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Trigger Warning: This post contains mention of rape, abuse, and violence against women and girls. — In April 2014, Boko Haram, a violent militant Islamic terrorist group, abducted 276 school girls from Chibok in northern Nigeria. The girls were hidden in the Sambisa forest and were raped, abused, sold off as …

It’s Time to Take Girlguiding Seriously

What do you think of when you think of Girl Guides? Doing your Hostess badge and learning to make cups of tea in a church hall, maybe. Or sewing Mother’s Day presents or gathering around a toadstool to sing songs. But over the last few years, Girlguiding (the organisation that …

Incels, Violent Misogyny, and Why No One is Owed Sex

Trigger Warning: This article contains discussion of violent misogyny, gun crime, and murder — Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, used a shotgun and a revolver to go into a school in Texas earlier this month and kill ten people, injuring ten more. He was angry. When asked by the police, he admitted …

The Mass Bikini March Made Me Body Confident

Trigger warning, this article includes discussions of self harm and eating disorders When we envisage conquering our body image issues, most of us would not anticipate that it would involve stripping off and marching through Soho, in bikinis, during the busy lunch hour, whilst being filmed for television. And yet, …

The Love Both Campaign in Ireland is Based on Lies

Trigger Warning: This article discusses abortion and the pro-life movement, and contains images of propaganda posters that some readers may find upsetting. — On Friday 25th May, Ireland will hold a referendum on whether or not to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the constitution. The Eighth Amendment, in short, removes bodily autonomy from …

The Faces behind the Repeal the Eighth Campaign

On the 25th May, Ireland will vote on whether to change their abortion laws and repeal the eighth amendment. It has been a long and at times, dangerous campaign for many women and men, but who are the people fighting to repeal the eighth? For many of us, particularly in …

Winnie Mandela and the Forgotten Legacies of African Women

On the 2nd of April 2018, Winnie Mandela, wife of Nelson Mandela died at the age of 81. While many people in the Western world only know Winnie as the wife of Nelson Mandela, if they know her at all, CNN referred to her as “one of the greatest icons …