AWL women are supporting Feminist Fightback, an activist conference for women’s liberation that will take place on Saturday 21 October in London.
Women's rights and Feminism
The government intends to make viewing and possessing so-called “violent pornography” (much of it distributed over the internet) a criminal offence. Sofie Buckland discusses some of the current debate over pornography and issues of censorship.
Not in general, of course (that would be sexist), but in England's international football teams.
Hat tip to Ben for this link to the England women's unstoppable progress towards the World Cup finals in China next year. Along the way, England have beaten Hungary 13-0, but also seem to share the men's team's expertise at drawing with Sweden.
A mass meeting held at the Ministry of Justice on 10 March produced the following resolution:
“Considering that human beings are both free and the gift of freedom belongs equally to all regardless of sex, colour, race, language and belief;
The overthrow of the Shah was a festival of the oppressed. Women, lesbians and gay men and national minorities participated in the revolution, believing that a new regime would bring democracy and freedom.
A demonstration by nearly 5,000 Iranian women and their supporters on 12 June in Tehran was broken up by police, according to reports from the Iranian Revolutionary Socialist League (IRSL).
The women demonstrated with placards, with slogans such as "The right to divorce, the right to give evidence, the right to judge, and all the other violated rights". The slogans “highlight the fundamental discrimination against women under the medieval legal system of the Islamic Republic of Iran”, said the IRSL.
An interesting article in yesterday's The Independent on women in Iraq.
Below is the intro:
The women of Basra have disappeared. Three years after the US-led invasion of Iraq, women's secular freedoms - once the envy of women across the Middle East - have been snatched away because militant Islam is rising across the country.
Ira Berkovic reviews Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the rise of raunch culture, by Ariel Levy
The most obvious and entrenched pay gap under capitalism is that between men and women. “Women’s work” is everywhere less well paid, for a variety of reasons.
By Laura Schwartz
When Education Not For Sale Women was coming together in August 2005, we discussed whether describing ourselves as “socialist feminists” was too radical and might alienate the feminist left. Seven months later, both candidates in the NUS women’s officer elections were describing themselves as “socialist feminists”, proof that in a relatively short amount of time we have been able to influence the direction of the student women’s movement.