Women

Three Years of Feminist Foreign Policy – What Difference Does It Make?

On the third of October 2014, Sweden made history. In a surprisingly sunny Stockholm, the newly appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, proclaimed the first explicitly feminist foreign policy in the world. This subject was nothing new for the minister, who had recently served as the Special Representative of …

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Trumping reality: How the resistance movement is paving a brighter path

For many, the days after the 2016 US presidential election were spent mourning what was lost, and dreading what lay ahead. Yet, despite a general worldwide despair over Trump’s unexpected win, not all the consequences of this victory are discouraging. It has spurred a nationwide political uproar against Trump’s rhetoric …

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Ireland’s youth are leading the battle towards legalizing abortion

Abortion is one of the most controversial, divisive issues Ireland has ever had to face. 34 years ago, Irish citizens voted to amend their constitution to give an unborn child the same right to life as a pregnant woman, banning abortion. Ireland, once an extremely catholic, conservative country, has evolved …

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Will Islamic divorce be declared invalid in the European Union?

The private Islamic divorce that is decided by a religious Court will most likely not be considered legal in the European Union. This is because the unilateral decision to put an end to marriage would violate one of the principles guaranteed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights: the principle of …

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Italian Edition

What does the dystopian series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and Italy have in common? They might seem like two different realities, but they share an urgent issue: The improvement of women’s rights. Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ was the stand-out protagonist of the 69th Primetime Emmy …

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling or Making it Shine – Womenomics in Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to revive the Japanese economy that has been in recession for more than two decades. Japan is facing severe demographic challenges due to its rapidly shrinking workforce. Abe wants to tackle this problem through robots and yes… women! With his trademark policy measures known …

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Where Girls Run the World – Matriarchy as a Reaction

There are few women in the world who do not recognise and adapt to patriarchal structures in their society. As far as we have come in the fight for equality and women’s rights, most still live in a man’s world. However, there are places where women have the power, both …

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The Human Cost of the Global Gag Rule

A few days into his presidency Donald Trump, like his Republican predecessors before him, reinstated the infamous Global Gag Rule. In its more than 30 years of on-and-off existence, this rule has severely affected organisations working with sexual and reproductive health services in countries all over the world. It was during …

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Rojava: The Distant Project of a Kurdish Autonomous State

With the escalation of the Islamic State insurgency in Syria, the Kurds in the country’s north have been, to say the least, an important asset in the war against the terrorist organization. With the help of coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters have retaken significant portions of northern Syria from IS, together …

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The most powerful diplomat of the world – Will an Eastern European Woman be the next UN Secretary General?

The upcoming elections in the United States are covered by the media in great detail, but there is another election to watch – that of the Secretary General of the United Nations. The current office holder, Ban Ki-moon, is in office until 31 December 2016. Although no specific date has …

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