Sad, Sore and Strong

The Indian gang-rape story has to be the ugliest start to a fresh new year, but the sisterhood (and pro-sister brotherhood) that has arisen across the sub-continent and around the globe, tells us that we still have the power to change things, and we must never forget it. Rape isn’t new. It’s an act of violence in the sexual sphere but it is not sex. It exists wherever there is a power... read more

25th November – White Ribbon Day

Violence exists in society, and violence as such needs to be combated. But violence against women is especially disturbing. It attempts to subdue women and have us internalize that femaleness destines us to inferiority. It also shatters the lives of children who witness it and grow up under its direct and indirect influence. While some advance has been seen in recent decades in the criminalization and... read more

Men in the Struggle Against Sexual Violence

One of the great achievements of the 1970′s women’s movement was the set up of rape crisis centres that expanded across the globe in the decades that followed. It was vital for women to take control of this area of sexual violence, to design a response to female disempowerment by means of female support and re-empowerment. But perhaps the future of the international war against sexual violence... read more

Problems with the Criminalization of Sex Work

Look beyond the myth that sex workers are empowered women using their insatiable sexuality to earn a great living. Despite the protestations of very few high-class “escorts” who claim their lifestyles to be glamorous and lucrative, the reality is one of horror. There are many people who believe that prostitution, or sex work, is a career choice like any other, and that women actually have the market edge... read more