Anonymous; Malalai Kakar

Isabel Jess is author of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s Anonymous series. “For most of history, anonymous was a woman” – Virginia Woolf Recognising Overlooked or Forgotten Voices in History Malalai Kakar was shot dead by the Taliban on September 28th in 2008. I begin with her death as it is an embodiment of the way…

Feminist Foreign Policy and the Failings of the West

Ana Ben is a first year student in the department of Classics, interested in women’s rights, different cultures, international law and philosophy. Her hobbies include debating, going to art galleries and writing. Although it might be difficult to perceive the sale of arms as a feminist issue at first glance, the impact of war as…

Selling Arms is a Feminist Issue

Laura Le Ray is a second-year student in International Relations, particularly interested in women in wartime and political psychology. Her hobbies include boxing, writing and learning languages. Because “women’s rights have been hijacked for the purposes of liberal interventionists,”[1] Because selling arms is not a trade action like another, Because selling arms should not be…

How To Prove Your Love: The Unethical Burden of Proof on Queer Refugees

Madison Miszewski is Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s LGBTQ+ officer. Does the average person remember the last time their partner visited the dentist? The first time they experienced sexual attraction? Where they’ve misplaced old receipts of even the names of people met on dating apps? For LGBTQ+ refugees, their answers to these questions can quite literally…

Let’s Not Forget Ahed

Pooja Sajanani is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. It is 4 in the morning and you are asleep in your bed. 30 armed soldiers enter your home and start ransacking everything. They confiscate all the mobile phones and electronic devices in the house, assault your family members and arrest you. Not because…

The Refugee Crisis and the Women Left Behind

Leah Olasehinde is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. In 2016, the United Nations Refugee Agency[1] estimated that there were 65.6 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. They may be displaced from their homes through war, persecution, poverty, or environmental disasters. Of this 65.6 million, 22.5 million are classed as ‘refugees’. The others may…

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.

Girl Child Soldiers: Myths and Reality

Written by: Ilina Trendafilova, a third year International Relations student who enjoys engaging with topics related to Africa, Eastern Europe and child soldiers. The article is inspired by her dissertation on Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda.  A woman can do what a man can. We were all equal. – Sonia, Philippines[i] Ever since I was 10…

Debunking Women’s Plight During World War 2

Chris La Cour is a second year History student whose interests include the differentiation between resistance, collaboration and complicity during World War Two and the study of the representation of war, particularly in the 20th century. William Chafe, in 1972, claimed that the Second World War was the ‘watershed event’, which ‘transformed the economic outlook…

Boys will be…honourable men

By: Raluca Murg Raluca is a postgraduate exchange student in the War Studies Department at KCL. Her home university is SciencesPo Paris where she studies International Security. Her main interests are European and Russian politics, non-proliferation of WMDs and the prevention of gender based violence in conflict and post-conflict areas. Let me begin by saying…

Being a Woman and Fighting Daesh

A detour by Rojava, radical gender egalitarianism on the Syrian front.     Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité does not sound French anymore. It now resonates as a broader European – or Western democratic – societal ideal. However, assuming that these principles should serve as the underlying basis of modern societies, where in the Arab world could we…