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Inspiring Thursday: Cynthia Enloe

“Becoming a feminist didn’t mean I always knew the answer; becoming a feminist for me meant that I had very pointed questions to ask that I had spent years not asking. And, when you have better questions to ask, your thinking gets better.”

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in 25yearswave

WAVE Conference: 11 reasons why you should join it!

For 25 years, the WAVE Conference has been a place where women from all walks of life can meet, network and fight for what they believe in. In this short video, our amazing WAVE sisters talk about their reasons why they come back to the WAVE conference and their first impressions. Amongst the many reasons …

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The founders’ voice: Lepa Mladjenovic and Urszula Nowakowska

For the celebration of our 25th anniversary, two of WAVE Network’s founders, Lepa Mladjenovic of SOS Hotline in Belgrade, Serbia and Urszula Nowakowska, Vice Secretary of Centrum Praw Kobiet in Poland, spoke about the beginnings of the WAVE Network – the challenges, its goals and what they hope of the future.

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in Voices

What about Iranian women and football?

Remembering Sahar Khodayari, the “Blue Girl”. Sahar Khodayari committed suicide on 9th September of 2019 at the age of 29 years old. She immolated herself after knowing that she could have spent from 6 months to up to 2 years in prison for being dressed as a man while trying to enter the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on March 2019.   What is the current situation in Iran when it comes to …

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in Uncategorized, Voices

On Anger and Feminism

The words “angry” and “feminist” are often lumped together as a derogation of a supposedly radical group arguing for ‘feminine domination.’ It gets flung as an insult and aims to aggravate the accused. As feminists, we must repurpose this intended insult, this deliberate misunderstanding of our cause — which is one of passion, fairness and …

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Let’s recognize women human right’s defender’s activism before we tell them to practice “self-care”

At the end of April, I was in Berlin to see one of my favourite feminist heroes, Kimberlé Crenshaw speak in honour of the 30th year since her coining the phrase “intersectional feminism.” The venue was packed and buzzing with excitement. I was lucky to even stand in the back of the room, since all …

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in Speak up to StepUp!

Child Marriage and the Georgian Example

Child marriage is driven by gender inequality and the belief that women and girls are somehow inferior to men and boys. Many girls who are married off before they turn 18 or are forced into early marriages are made to leave school, depriving them of their right to education and future independence. Child brides are also more …

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Treat yourself

Treat yourself with the right to say “NO!” Say “NO!”to those skinny fashion jeans that give you struggles and don’t have pockets. Treat yourself with that man perfume that you adore. Treat yourself with the right to say “NO!” to your boss who makes you cry in the bathroom. Treat yourself with a “NO!” to …

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in Inspirational Women

Inspiring Thursday: Cynthia Enloe

“Becoming a feminist didn’t mean I always knew the answer; becoming a feminist for me meant that I had very pointed questions to ask that I had spent years not asking. And, when you have better questions to ask, your thinking gets better.”

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Inspiring Thursday: Ethel Johnson

“She was really a powerhouse (…) They called her a hurricane,” said Chris Bournea, journalist and film producer of Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring.

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Inspiring Thursday: Maria Lassnig

Maria Lassnig (1919–2014) is a worldwide recognized artist from Austria, and moreover one of the most important women painters from the 20th century. She was an original exponent of expressionism, with some influence of surrealism and cubism.

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in Fempower, Uncategorized

From Crisis to Crisis: the fight for sustainable refuge funding in England

Over the past few years we have seen specialist refuge services in England lurch from funding crisis to funding crisis with no promise of sustainable funding from either local authorities or central government. Despite the uncertainty around refuge funding, the one unchanging factor is that the demand for refuge spaces continues to far exceed the …

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in Fempower

“My house is my castle” – the protection of victims of domestic violence under Polish law

Although the Polish legal system has undergone some changes as a result of Poland’s adoption of the Istanbul Convention (1),there still are a number of substantive and procedural shortcomings that women suffering from domestic violence have to face when accessing justice. One of the most pressing problems relates to the need to guarantee the separation …

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