Alison Saunders takes over as Director of Public Prosecutions later this year. Last week the Crown Prosecution Service announced that Alison Saunders would be the new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and will take over from Keir Starmer in November. She will be the head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), responsible for deciding whether...Leggi Tutto
This weekend in London there’s a  festival dedicated to feminist sci-fi films. Called Women on the Edge of Time, it promises futuristic “worlds free of sexism”. Tellingly, time-travel movies are absent from the programme. And as Anna Smith writes in the Guardian, ‘From The
Award-winning screenwriter, feminist, columnist and theorist Elaine Morgan has died. A coal-miner’s daughter, born Elaine Floyd, Morgan studied English literature and language at Oxford before teaching for the Workers’ Educational Asscociation (WEA). Determined that her bookish only child
One of the important features of our campaign is giving survivors the opportunity to shout back. Guest blog from Everyday Victim Blaming. In case you’ve been hidden away, Caroline Criado-Perez of The Women’s Room, started a petition and a fund raiser to get the Bank of England (BoE) to Keep a Woman
WNN Breaking (WNN) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: In what UNOCHA - the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – is calling “thousands in urgent need of relief” Syrian citizens in sealed off areas in Aleppo, Idlib, Rural Damascus and Homs are facing
Harriet Harman asks Britain’s national newspapers to report on female journalists over 50. Harriet Harman has been hard at work since heading up the Labour party’s Commission on Older Women, established last year. The commission was set up to focus on three key areas – older women in the
The stigma and marginalisation faced by sex workers often leaves them excluded from conversations about violence against women. As reported last week on this site, on 19 July an International Day of Protest was held in reaction to the murders of Dora Ozer and Petite Jasmine. On 21 July, just two
WNN Breaking (WNN) Washington, D.C., UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: In a detailed and comprehensive nation-wide campaign sweep that reached into 76 separate U.S. cities, 47 state divisions of the U.S. FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation along with 230 separate agencies and 3,900+ local, state and
An artist making ground-breaking and enigmatic work since her first exhibitions in the mid-1960s. The Serpentine Gallery is currently presenting Leaps Jumps and Bumps, the first solo exhibition of the work of Elaine Sturtevant to be held in a public institution in the UK. Born in Lakewood, Ohio, in
In the summer of 1913, 50,000 women walked across Britain to London. Starting from as far away as Land’s End and Newcastle, they converged in Hyde Park, London, on 26 July. They were demonstrating to the government how many women wanted the right to vote. Now, 100 years later, women from
Publishing house Virago celebrates 40 years with a free edition featuring forty of its writers. Virago was the brainchild of Carmen Callil, who was supported by many more behind the scenes including Spare Rib’s Martha Rowe and Rosie Boycott. Its mission was to “publish books which celebrated women
Racism and sexism, a double whammy for the brown girl. Guest post by Amna Germanotta Riaz I have been following the nomorepage3 campaign and am happy to see the progress made over the past few months. The campaigners quote The Independent on their About Us page: “The page 3 image is there for no
Today marks the start of International Breastfeeding Week 1 – 7 August. World Breastfeeding Week was first held in 1992 and it is now observed in over 120 countries with support from UNICEF and WHO, along with governments, organisations and individuals. The event is organised by the World
But does UK policy indirectly continue to support it? Between 1999 and 2012, Panzi Hospital, in Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  treated 19,270 survivors of sexualized violence. The hospital’s medical director and international advocate for survivors of rape in conflict, Dr Denis
WNN WorldFOOD (WNN/IRIN) London, England, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Spikes in food prices and extreme climatic events have threatened global food security in recent years, raising concerns about humanity’s ability to feed its growing population. These fears prompted scientists from the Royal
WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) New York, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Women’s chances of developing cancer after menopause increase with their height, according to a new study. Among nearly 145,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79, researchers found that height was more strongly associated
Saba Eitizaz  – BBC News – Tuesday, 30 July 2013 (originally published 26 Jul) Female cartoon superhero Burka Avenger is set to debut on Pakistani television next month. The country’s answer to Wonder Woman and Supergirl uses books and pens against bad guys trying to shut the
Twitter backlash over online abuse of Caroline Criado-Perez goes mainstream. After announcing the success of her campaign to get the Bank of England to keep a picture of a woman on British banknotes, campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez, co-founder of The Women’s Room, was sent hundreds of rape
Cydney Hargis – IPS - Monday, 29 July 2013 (originally published 27 Jul) WASHINGTON, Jul 27 2013 (IPS) - In the face of global climate change and currency devaluation, improved strategies are being used to combat high international poverty and malnutrition rates, and to increase global food
WVoN talked to the co-founder of The Women’s Room and Mediawatch who wants women to stay on banknotes. Caroline Criado-Perez has been a very busy woman lately. Not content with taking on British media with The Women’s Room, a database of female experts available to talk to the media
Interview with spoken word artist, teacher and writer Chimene Suleyman. Listening back to my interview with Chimene Suleyman I am struck again by a heartening feeling of optimism.     The 30 year-old spoken word artist is immediately engaging, with a perhaps unsurprising but none the less
British Athletics have announced who will travel to Moscow as part of the Team GB squad. With the World Championships less than three weeks away, we take a look at the top five hopes on the women’s side. Jess Ennis-Hill: Jess Ennis-Hill is one of the headline names in the squad, but her
Bhavesh Shah – DNA – Thursday, 25 July 2013 (originally published 22 Jul) The next time you see a woman instructing labourers at a construction site or giving ideas about the basic layout of a home, don’t be surprised. Supported by the state government, corporate houses and NGOs are
Lys Anzia – WNN Justice (WNN/DN) Jacksonville, Florida, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Amy Goodman with Democracy Now covers issues of justice in the State of Florida (U.S.) and the case for Marissa Alexander as she interviews an attorney and a civil rights advocate. Marissa Alexander, the
Ian Johnston – NBC News – Wednesday, 31 July 2013 (originally published 29 Jul) PARIS — The politician known as “NKM” is a rising star in France – a tough, military-trained engineer first elected to the National Assembly at the age of just 29 and tipped by some as a future
Mike Prashker – WNN Learning! (WNN/CGN) Ramla, ISRAEL, WESTERN ASIA: One hundred newly qualified Arab-Israeli teachers – fresh out of teacher-training college – are now being actively recruited to teach in Jewish-Israeli schools by the Ministry of Education and Merchavim (Hebrew
Women are being failed by the very systems that promised to protect them. As news spreads of how huge outsourcing companies like G4S are failing to deliver on public service contracts, a new project aims to tell the human story behind the headlines. In the last few weeks, accounts of the
Disastrous performances prompt widespread calls for grassroots rethink. A couple of weeks ago I was lauding the launch of Kick off Your Career, the new initiative to get women involved in all aspects of football. I cooed over the glossy brochure, the high profile unveiling by the Football
WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies. They argue that GM and Green Revolution
Welcome to our bulletin of the news and results from British women’s sport this week. Athletics: Britain’s women excelled at the IPC Athletics World Championships this week in Lyon. The undoubted star was Hannah Cockcroft, who completed the sprint double. She took the T34 100m in 17.88
WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations/Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: An independent United Nations human rights expert today encouraged the Government of Madagascar to step up efforts to combat the sexual exploitation of children and ensure that perpetrators are punished. “The scourge of
Patrick Hinds – – Friday, 26 July 2013 (originally published 22 Jul) LGBT history overflows with stories of women who have come to the aide of gay men: the concerned mother who founded PFLAG, the doctor who proved that homosexuality was not a pathological illness, the
But the increasing numbers of alcohol-related deaths in women are still eclipsed by male deaths. It turns out that us women, us in our 30s and 40s, have been so busy ‘having it all’ this last couple of decades – the career, the family, the fun - that we’ve missed the effect
Women now own 4 per cent more tablets than men, according to new research. YouGov, the UK-based international online market research agency, has reported that not only is tablet ownership growing fast, but, for the first time, the majority of tablet owners in the UK are women. Twenty-two per cent