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July 19, 2015

Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban because her advocacy for young girls’ education threatened their control over her hometown of Mingora in Pakistan. Malala had been blogging for the BBC about her experience living under the Taliban rule in Pakistan since 2009. At first she hid her identity and wrote under […]

July 12, 2015

Sexism in academic fields such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is no new thing, but rarely has it been so obvious than when Nobel prize-winning scientist Tim Hunt remarked that women are a distraction in these fields. This comment resulted in a huge media storm charged by the outrage of women working in […]

June 1, 2015

The idea for more free gender reassignment surgeries is currently being debated at Parliament after it was first proposed by Young Labour. They want to ensure that there is public funding for hormone replacement therapy and gender reassignment surgeries. There is currently enough funding for three surgeries every two years. The government has rejected the […]

May 17, 2015

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Last week a student at a small Virginia university was strangled by her male roommate. Grace Mann was […]

May 11, 2015

The Nigerian Army has infiltrated a Boko Haram camp and freed over 677 women and children hostages last week. 214 of these women are pregnant due to being raped by Boko Haram during their time as hostages in the camp. Rape continues to be used as a method of fear and control in countries torn […]

May 3, 2015

An unsettling shroud of silence hangs over the Latino community in America. Last week a study found that over 50 per cent of Latino immigrants living in America know a domestic violence victim and at least one in four know a victim of sexual assault. What the interviewees all had in common was a belief […]

April 28, 2015

Last week a waitress posted on The Daily Blog that PM John Key had been continually harassing her at her place of work by pulling on her hair while she served him and his wife. The waitress described his actions as that of a “schoolyard bully” and says she was annoyed by his behaviour once […]

April 19, 2015

Five Chinese feminists have been released from a Beijing prison where they were held for 32 days after being arrested for publicly campaigning against sexual harassment and spousal abuse. They were arrested on the grounds of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles”. The group, dubbed by the Chinese media as the “Beijing Five”, is led by […]

March 29, 2015

An Independent Police Conduct report has finally admitted that the numerous victims of the “Roast Busters” group were let down by the police and that the investigation was not “thorough”. Most people reading this will be uttering a collective “No shit”. The handling of the three-year “Roast Busters” case was fundamentally flawed from the very […]

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