Fighting sexism in the labour movement

COMPLAINTS of sexual harassment and discrimination by women officers and activists often go unresolved in the unions and the Labour Party. This is a shameful record and one that must be corrected immediately. The campaign group LabourToo, has submitted a dossier of complaints about such behaviour in the Labour Party. It consists of 43 anonymised … Continue reading Fighting sexism in the labour movement

Hijab ban is sexist, racist, wrong

By a London teacher The recent decision by an East London primary school to ban pupils from wearing the hijab shows how Islamophobia subjects Muslim women to a double dose of racism and sexism. Although protests forced the school to reverse the ban, this is not an isolated attempt to single out Muslims for discrimination … Continue reading Hijab ban is sexist, racist, wrong

Challenges of the women’s movement in Sri Lanka

By Hemamali Wijesinghe  Sri Lanka has had a developed culture and literacy for many centuries. As far back as 1931, when it was still a part of the British Raj, the right to vote was won by a campaign that mobilised women as well as men. In 1933, when the British government launched the Poppy … Continue reading Challenges of the women’s movement in Sri Lanka

The colonisation of Indigenous women in the USA

By Micaela Edelson The colonization of Indigenous women has persisted even in the ‘post-colonial’ era. Specifically, colonialism promoted a shift from an egalitarian society to a patriarchal societal structure which resulted in a legacy of violence against Indigenous women, and specific colonial sterilization policies not only affected women’s role in Indigenous society, it severely limited … Continue reading The colonisation of Indigenous women in the USA

Oprah for President?

OPRAH WINFREY'S Golden Globes speech aroused many hearts and moved audiences at the 2018 Golden Globes Awards. While accepting the Cecil B DeMille award, Oprah, who became the first Black woman to win the award, praised her mother’s example as a hardworking maid and the women behind the #MeToo movement, declaring that “a new day … Continue reading Oprah for President?

Cologne attacks spark racist backlash

We need to challenge the social causes of sexist and racist attitudes inflamed by the refugee crisis ON New Year's Eve, in Cologne, hundreds of women were intimidated and threatened. At least two rapes were reported. There are now over a hundred reported assaults, often including sexual harassment and robbery at the hands of so-called … Continue reading Cologne attacks spark racist backlash

Wage a genuine fight against sexism

By Joy Macready Labour Right’s “misogyny” accusations against Corbyn are a study in hypocrisy THE Labour party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) took the correct action in suspending Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk’s party membership after revelations he sent lewd text messages to a 17-year old woman. He used his position of power to make sexual advances … Continue reading Wage a genuine fight against sexism

Racist and sexual abuse widespread at Yarl’s Wood

Joy Macready reports on the scandal at the heart of Britain’s privatised immigration system and yet another tale of abuse by Serco staff. Time to call for the shutting down of all deportation centres After numerous complaints, a hunger strike by 80 inmates, CCTV evidence and even a prison pregnancy, the truth about widespread sexual … Continue reading Racist and sexual abuse widespread at Yarl’s Wood

For a working class women's movement

Working class women across the country are confronting austerity and winning local battles. Bringing these class fighters together to forge a working class women’s movement has the potential to bring the cuts government to its knees, argues Joy Macready You can hear the rumble. Snippets here and there, up and down the country. Impressive victories … Continue reading For a working class women's movement