Tag: feminism


  • 50 years ago, Indian ecofeminists protected forests in the Himalayas

    50 years ago, Indian ecofeminists protected forests in the Himalayas

    Despite the fact that environmental movements may be primarily associated with activism in the “West”, they have a long and rich history in South Asia. It has been 50 years now since the foundation of the ecofeminist Chipko movement in India – a movement of women who hugged trees in resistance to tree felling


  • Sisterhood in climbing. Meet Asma from Afghanistan

    Sisterhood in climbing. Meet Asma from Afghanistan

    “We can’t go to school, university, work, nor can we play our favourite sports. We had no choice but to leave our country”. Interview with a climber from Afghanistan.


  • Feminist Qawwali or just plain advertising?

    Feminist Qawwali or just plain advertising?

    Did you think a battle of the voices is a Western invention? Musical skirmishes had been organised in northern India and Pakistan before it was cool


  • Lebanon: women win record number of seats in parliamentary elections

    Lebanon: women win record number of seats in parliamentary elections

    May’s parliamentary elections in Lebanon were groundbreaking. They are a hope for real change and a better future for a country in crisis. As many as 88 young people (between 25 to 35 years old) and 155 women were among the number of 1043 candidates. These are the historical numbers


  • They took what was at hand and kicked out the cartels. Meet Mexican women from Cherán

    They took what was at hand and kicked out the cartels. Meet Mexican women from Cherán

    Drug cartels, gangs that engage in illegal logging, corrupt politicians and police passivity. This was the everyday life of the Mexican town of Cherán, inhabited by the indigenous community of Purépecha. Today the people of Cherán live on their terms. All thanks to the women who took matters into their own hands at the right…


  • Sudan: Women take to the streets. They are fed up with violence

    Sudan: Women take to the streets. They are fed up with violence

    Hundreds of women gathered on the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, to protest against gender-based violence. “The street is our right,” chanted the demonstrators.  On Thursday, April 8, women took over the streets of the Sudanese capital. “It is not only our right, but the right of every woman who comes after us”. “No to…


  • It takes a village! 3 women-only villages around the world

    It takes a village! 3 women-only villages around the world

    “I don’t want to ever leave this supportive community of women. We don’t have much, but in Umoja I have everything I need” – says Mary, Umoja’s resident. When she was 16, she was sold to an 80 year old man in exchange for a herd of cows


  • Meet Egypt’s first female captain and learn the story of her hard way to success

    Meet Egypt’s first female captain and learn the story of her hard way to success

    Marwa Elselehdar will undoubtedly go down in history – as Egypt’s first female shipmaster. Her path towards obtaining the officer rank and gaining recognition was not easy. Lately, she was accused of blocking the Suez Canal!


  • Patriarchy and minorities. What can you learn from Elif Shafak’s “The Bastard of Istanbul”?

    Patriarchy and minorities. What can you learn from Elif Shafak’s “The Bastard of Istanbul”?

    Shafak’s novels allowed me to rediscover the power of fiction and the fact that fiction books do not have to be about fictional problems. Instead, they provide the reader with an insight into all these topics, which are difficult to grasp for a non-fiction writer