Bernie’s Movement – Global Women’s Strike in NYT

On Tuesday, Ms. Grover invited me to a women’s speak-out event at a church downtown that was organized by the social justice group Global Women’s Strike. The event’s attendees skewed older and much more local than the protest on Monday did. Here were people invested in the unglamorous work of coalition building — activists on …

Resistance to USA’s Drone Assassination Programme

On 19 January, anti-drone grandmother Mary Anne Grady Flores was convicted to 6 months in jail.  Her conviction sprang from her protest at Hancock Air National Guard Base (New York state) in 2013. Earlier this year, former drone operators blew the whistle on the US drone programme and wrote a collective letter to President Obama. …

Women of Colour Often Ignored in the Fight Against Rape

Does UN Women’s figure of ‘one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence’ include the majority of women and girls in the world who are of colour and grassroots, and the millions risking their lives to flee war? From the Democratic Republic of Congo to Haiti, from Iraq to Uganda, from India to Peru, …

From Lima to London: the Common Struggles of Rape Survivors

Coming together across international borders, we can win our rights — for everyone. And we will. The Morning Star this week hosted a double page spread focused on the work of anti-rape groups based at the Crossroads Centre. In this piece, Lisa Longstaff of Women Against Rape talks to the general secretary of Peruvian domestic …

Our Conference in the Morning Star

Between panels that regularly provoked tears, belly-laughs, chants and standing ovations from the audience, hundreds of buzzing chats took place.   Becka Seglow Hudson reports on our international conference for the Morning Star. The opening panel of the conference, with Selma James and Professor Alison Wolf discussing class, care, and the women’s movement, is available …

The Political Case for Caring Inside the Academy

“Academic institutions are not built for caring” Writes Aliya Yule, volunteer with Women of Colour in the Global Women Strike and Black Women’s Rape Action Project in a piece published both on Media Diversified and the Ain’t I A Woman Collective website. Aliya, who is taking time off from studying at Oxford University, describes the uncaring …

Women Carers Fighting for the Right to not be Impoverished and Overworked

“Women face a dilemma. If we do the caring, men do not become carers with us but consumers of the care we provide. And if we refuse to care, those who need care suffer neglect and worse.” Selma James, coordinator of the Global Women’s Strike had an article published in Open Democracy this week, reviewing …

Woman’s Hour: Swedish Mothers Refusing to Work a Double Day

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06nnqq9 Woman’s Hour this week had a section dedicated to Swedish mothers who are refusing to work the double day in work and at home. These women are staying at home and living off sick pay in order to take care of their children and to get a little respite from the mental exhaustion that 70,000 women …