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Inspiring Thursday: Yalitza Aparicio

“Dear, Yalitza. Thank you for giving us a voice in a world where they want to silence us and make us disappear. Wishing you all the luck.” Anonymous

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in 25yearswave

Beijing 1995 – when women’s rights became human rights

The WAVE Network is not the only organisation to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year! Many women NGOs were created and mobilised shortly after the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing in September 1995. The conference offered the momentum for women non-profits such as the WAVE Network to soar and promote women´s rights in …

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in 25yearswave

Happy 25th Anniversary WAVE!!

This year, WAVE is celebrating its 25th anniversary! The WAVE Network is one of the main and most influential European-wide feminist networks of NGOs aiming to institute gender equality by eliminating all forms of domestic violence against women.

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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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in Speak up to StepUp!

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: Yalitza Aparicio

“Dear, Yalitza. Thank you for giving us a voice in a world where they want to silence us and make us disappear. Wishing you all the luck.” Anonymous

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in Inspirational Women

Inspiring Thursday: Emma Watson

“Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality.” – Emma Watson, The Guardian.   

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Inspiring Thursday: Alicia Alonso

“If a person keeps thinking, ‘How old am I going to be?’ and thinking about the age, that’s the worst thing you can do. You don’t have to think about how old you are. You have to think about how many things you want to do, and how to do it, and keep on doing it. Otherwise, …

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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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