In consideration of International Women’s Day on March 8, as well as the solidarity that was demonstrated across the world in the form of Women’s Marches on January 21, this Peace and Justice News focusses on the importance of Women’s Rights.
Rebecca Spross highlights the fact that, in many liberal countries, inequalities continue to drag humanity backwards as a global society instead of pushing us into a more equitable future. A major form of ongoing inequality is evident in the ways in which women’s work is underpaid or, in many cases, entirely unpaid.
Sarah MacDonald investigates the impact of menstruation on women’s rights around the globe, in terms of girls’ access to education and the social stigmas that ostracize menstruating women, to prevent them from “contaminating” their household.
Priyanka Radhakrishnan assesses various feminist responses to women who find themselves in abusive relationships. Whilst feminists agree that “domestic violence occurs when a man holds the power in a relationship and is socialised to be aggressive, while the woman lacks agency and is socialised to accept victimisation,” feminist opinions vary when contemplating the best solution.
Orlaith McAree discusses the way in which the paradigm of domestic abuse has shifted in recent years.
What was once perceived as simply as distinct episodes of physical violence has developed into broader understandings of ‘coercive control’.
McAree highlights Evan Stark’s model of coercive control, which recognises that domestic abusive involves various forms of restriction of the freedom of one’s partner, including isolation, humiliation, threats and ‘gas-lighting’.
In Unsung Heroes, Will Duncan profiles two female activists who continue to fight for the freedom and dignity of others. Also, don’t miss the review of Sue Lloyd-Roberts’ book The War on Women, News From Around the Movements and all our own Centre News!
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