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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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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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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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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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Cultural events as the point of intersection for the aware and the unaware of gender-based violence

My name is Nikita and I am the WAVE Youth Ambassador from Estonia. In Estonia, I am working as a project manager in the University of Tartu as well as at the Tartu Women Support and Information Center. I have been involved in various international projects aimed to support women’s rights, gender equality and the …

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in Speak up to StepUp!

Uganda fieldwork: How war affects women

Given my interest in how war affects women, I had been in awe of WAN’s (Women Advocacy Network) work with women after the war between the Ugandan Government and the armed group called the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The subject of reintegration of women who were abducted and taken ‘into the bush’ during the war …

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in Inspirational Women

Inspiring Thursday: Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft begins her most celebrated work, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, with a disclaimer: “My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of […] viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone.” While academic and social …

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Inspiring Thursday: Carola Rackete

31-year-old German national Carola Rackete made headlines recently after deciding to bring her ship carrying 40 migrants into Italian waters without authorization. She was arrested by Italian authorities on June 27, 2019 after docking the ship, Sea Watch 3, owned by a German NGO, in Lampedusa. Rackete cited her reasoning behind the decision, saying that …

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Inspiring Thursday: Naomi Klein

When it comes to climate change, women are bearing the brunt of the crisis — from floods, to droughts, to food shortages. Women are disproportionately impoverished and make up practically all unpaid care work — in other words, when climate disasters strike, disadvantaged women have no mobility and no economic resources to evacuate affected areas …

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