Rape: The Greatest Weapon of War

We should be careful not to adopt the gender-biased assumptions of traditional IR theorists who systematically categorize women as the victims, and men as the perpetrators of state violence. Indeed, women can also be the perpetrators of state violence. The former Government Minister for Women and the Family, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, has for example not only facilitated the massacre of Tutsis in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, but has also ordered and directed rapes and killings with the final aim of wiping out the Tutsi population.

The Global War on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Written by Liza Kinnear, a Russian/Scottish third year law student.  Donald Trump’s rise to power in the United States, amongst other atrocious consequences, signifies a very real threat to women’s rights. I speak specifically of a woman’s right to control her own body and reproductive health. Only a few weeks into his presidency, it has…

Taiwan’s Separatist Movement: The fine line between Patriotism and Nationalism

Written by an anonymous contributor.  The ‘One China Policy’ has long been a point of contention. Yet few have overtly challenged the Asian superpower on its strategy towards Taiwan. While Beijing deems the island of Taiwan a breakaway province and nothing more, a significant portion of Taiwan’s residents aggressively reject this identity they’ve been assigned….

The Misogynistic Undercurrents of Korean Political Protests

Written by Sydney Nam, a regular contributor. Sydney is a second year War Studies & History students, and her specific interests involve social injustice of ethnic-minorities (particularly in East-Asia) and about the violation of women’s rights in conflict-zones, such as South Sudan. A week ago, the world galvanized as a collective voice to speak out…

Women’s March London 2017

On Saturday 21st January 2017, citizens across the world mobilised in support of the women of Washington DC taking to the streets to make their voices heard against the biggest threat to their hard-won and inalienable rights.

She Who Tells a Story

Based on a central piece, “Mother, Daughter and Doll” by Boushra Almutawakel in the exhibition “She Who Tells a Story”

Closing the Gendered Data Gap

As AI plays a larger role in our lives, steps must be taken in order to ensure that the gap between developed and developing countries does not grow larger, especially for specific groups, like women, who feel the lasting effects of being pushed aside as secondary priorities by their respective governments and societies.

The UN Secretary General That Never Was

On Thursday the 6th of October, one of the supposedly most powerful positions in the world was filled: with Ban Ki-Moon’s mandate ending in December, the United Nations’ top job, that of the Secretary General (SG), was selected. Antonio Guterres, ex-Portuguese Prime Minister (1995-2002) and ex-UN High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015) will, from January, be…

Will Hillary Clinton be the best choice to make?

In November this year, the citizens of the United States will be choosing the next person responsible in leading the country. There is a lot of controversy regarding the winner of the elections. What makes it more intriguing is a woman being amongst the candidates, and the possibility for her to be the first female American leader. Will she have what it takes for such a position?