Mar 29 2018 9:49AM
Must-watch documentaries for the long weekend
From Swedish rappers to the refugee crisis – here are some films to keep you entertained and informed this Easter.
Mar 8 2018 2:27PM
Solidarity with the sisterhood
On International Women's Day, Scotland Team Assistant and fervent feminist Juliet Swann reflects on steps forward and back for gender equality and celebrates two amazing international Women Human Rights Defenders. In some ways, Interna...

International Women’s Day: Northern Ireland women highlighted as Amnesty launches Suffragette Spirit map

“I imagine if Emmeline and Sylvia [Pankhurst] could see this map, they would be extraordinarily moved” - Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst Women from Northern Ireland are among those being honoured today (8 March) by Amnesty International as it launches its Suffragette Spirit Map to celebrate the incredible work being carried out by women in their communities 100 years on from first winning the vote. For the past month Amnesty has worked to scour the country for women who embody the continuing suffragette spirit - today’s women human rights defenders. Elaine Roden of N

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Podcast: Atena Farghadani, imprisoned for her art in Iran - voiced by Nazanin Boniadi

Atena Farghadani
Atena Farghadani © Private

"I was immediately put in solitary confinement. My cell was as deep as a grave with very tall walls. It had no window and no toilet. It was infested with insects, and their stings irritated my skin."
Atena Farghadani

Imprisoned for drawing a satirical cartoon, prosecuted for shaking her lawyer's hand in prison - Atena Farghadani has paid a high price for making art and speaking her mind in Iran, where dissent is met with heavy punishment.

Russian lawmakers should drop plans to decriminalise domestic violence

First-offence domestic violence cases could become 'administrative' not criminal offences © Warren Goldswain
Second reading of ‘slapping bill’ tomorrow condemned

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Elections for the Women's Action Network Committee 2018-2020

Our Women's Action Network Committee is expanding. It will now be made up of eight elected members, who each serve voluntarily for two consecutive years.

This year all 8 seats are up for election. This will take place on 9 December 2017 at the Thematic Networks Conference.

Aug 25 2016 3:25PM
What women wear: a constantly fashionable debate
A few years back I blogged about a woman in Sudan who was at risk of being flogged for wearing trousers . The case of Mrs Lubna Hussein hit the global news headlines as many couldn’t believe that a woman could be flogged, fined or jail...
Jun 2 2016 1:32PM
Every donation matched £1 for £1: Join the Revolution against FGM and Child Marriage
Can you imagine yourself as a child, forced to marry a man more than twice your age? What about being forced to have your genitals cut? For young girls in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone, this isn’t imaginary – it is their reality. But t...
May 30 2016 12:00AM
'Connect, uplift and inspire': Women’s Equality Day 2016
In July 1918 the Equal Franchise Act was passed by Parliament, giving voting rights to all women over the age of 21. As a result, more than 15 million women became eligible to vote and women achieved equal voting rights to men. The Gen...

The UK country where women face life in prison for an abortion

Pro-Choice Rally In Support Of 21 Year Old Woman Charged With Abortion
Pro-choice protest outside Belfast City Hall, 15 January 2016 © Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

There is a near-total ban on abortion in Northern Ireland, even in cases of rape, incest and fatal foetal abnormality. Women face life imprisonment for a health service freely provided on the NHS everywhere else in the UK.

This Victorian-era law dates from a time before the invention of the lightbulb. It must be brought into the 21st century – urgently, before more women are criminalised, forced to travel or left to suffer alone. Abortion is a matter for women and their doctors, not judges.

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