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Hi R Answers, Wow, this is exciting. It reminds me of Yahoo Answers back in 2010 or something. The power of the internet, truly. Anyways, I guess my question/query/exploration to you is about being a woman, and a woman of colour, in academia. As university students at a reputable higher education institution, it’s very easy…

Mobilisation: Women in Saudi Arabia

Andreea Badiu-Slabu is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. Being a woman in Saudi Arabia can be quite challenging despite multiple changes encouraged by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Saudi laws impose that women must be separated from men in food outlets. Even most of the schools are single sex. The authorities think these…

Black Women and Confidence

Tori Sprott is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. There is wide scope when discussing and dissecting women’s liberation. Whether it be academic, spiritual, emotional, sexual (and so forth), liberation is what you make it. One woman’s idea of liberation may differ from the next based on her life experiences, therefore it isn’t…

Why do the Labour Party only want male leaders?

Harriet Whitehead is a third year, Philosophy BA student. I am interested in politics and international affairs. More specifically in discussions surrounding freedom of speech and women’s rights. I hope to study this in the future. In over a hundred years of existence, the Labour Party has never elected a female leader. This is unlikely…

Whispered Words

Sophie Moniz is a Philosophy and Spanish student, interested in languages and language; the way they affect our ways of thinking and acting (or relations or behaviour, things of that nature). She’s kissing the whispers of my world that want to hurl words so unheard unlike all those passing comments made, absurd, and yet the…

Myth v Reality: Child Marriages in Central Asia

Katarina Valieva is the Editor of Breaking The Glass Ceiling. The UNFPA defines child marriage as the “union of two persons, at least one of whom is under 18 years of age”. It is estimated that annually 15 million girls around the world marry before the age of 18. This article will examine the impact…

Woman, Myself

Razia Jamili was born in Iran and is 14 years old. She wants to become a writer in the future, and this is her main aspiration in life. She wanted to start focusing on her writing a long time ago, but was unable to. Now she is settled and happy in Sweden, she has started…

Chuskipop – Celebrating Desi Feminism

Antara Dasgupta is a 3rd year Chemistry student, an angsty intersectional feminist and a lover of history documentaries, bad reality TV shows and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Although there are a myriad of intersectional feminists who are fighting to dismantle the pillars of patriarchy, they seem to lack a certain brand of feminism that has…

Introducing R Answers

I wanted to introduce myself to you all. I’m R, and I’m going to be writing a regular advice column for the blog, starting as soon as you ask me to. I would forgive you for thinking that advice columns are trashy and exploitative crap, but obviously, I disagree. My love of advice columns and…

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…

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…