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Inspiring Thursday: Ella Baker

“In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed…It means facing a system that does not lend itself to your needs and devising means by which you change that system.”

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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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The Feeling of Femininity: a reflection on rape culture in Dr. Erin Wunker’s “Notes from a Feminist Killjoy”

It took me a long time to recognize rape culture in my body. In feminist circles, I talk about rape culture all the time — as a nuisance, as an obstacle, as a danger. Rape culture has a multitude of definitions, and it’s often misunderstood. This spring, I worked with various folks at my university …

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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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“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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Italy: Femicide and the media

The Research Group on Femicide of the non-profit association Casa delle donne per non subire violenza ONLUS, based in Bologna (Italy), has published its Annual Report on Femicide in the Italian context. The Group examines all the press articles related to femicide on a daily scale and, after various analysis, tries to list all those …

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Influential relationships between language, gender and society

My name is Alba Biosca and I am the WAVE Youth Ambassador in Spain. Although I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, I previously completed a year of Philology, where I spent much of my time learning about Sociolinguistics, and especially the differences between women and men while speaking. I was also …

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Inspiring Thursday: Ella Baker

“In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed…It means facing a system that does not lend itself to your needs and devising means by which you change that system.”

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Inspiring Thursday: Pandita Ramabai Saraswati

“The chief means of happiness is complete independence…” Pandita Ramabai Saraswati was born Rama Dongre on April 23, 1858 in the Canara District, Madras Presidency in British India. Ramabai was born into the Brahmin caste, which was the top caste of Hindu society. Her parents and sister died of starvation during a series of famines …

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Inspiring Thursday: Yolanda Becerra Vega

“We believe that peace can be much more real if the participation of women as political actors is part of the equation…Not just in terms of being represented in different scenarios, but more importantly, in the daily construction of proposals from the grassroots, from the regions, so that a real peace is possible in this …

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