Abortion in NI: Everything you need to know

Dessi Eneva In just five days, on 23 October, a cross-party coalition of MPs will propose a bill to Parliament to end the abortion ban in Northern Ireland. Whilst permitted in the UK, paradoxically, abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland. This summer, the High Court ruled that this is in breach of human rights. There…

Female Genital Mutilation: Tradition or Torture?

Iona Jenkins ‘FGM violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’ –WHO Female genital mutilation comprises any procedure made without medical need to remove part or all of the external female genitalia. There are no health benefits to FGM; it…

Bordados por la Paz y la Memoria – Embroideries for Peace and Memory.

Ellioté Long Culture Editor Every Sunday afternoon, in the main square of Mexico City’s Coyoacán neighbourhood, you can find a group sitting to one side of the fountains, embroidering handkerchiefs. They are Fuentes Rojas (Red Fountains), the Mexico City branch of a global network of collectives embroidering for peace and memory. Members of these collectives…

Aadishi’s Poetry Corner #1

Aadishi Agarwal UCL Laws Student Number 1:  A pretty painting to hide the pain in Mona Lisa’s smile, she picked up a brush, she stopped not once. A pretty painting to numb her for just a while, the blood in her veins, on her canvas runs. Blue toxicity of choking fire, it flows through her…

The f word and the oh-so dirty truth

“Does my feminism make you uncomfortable? Great, I’ll shout louder”: Augusta explains, why the f word shouldn’t compel people recoil into a shell of isolation, but should be celebrated. The f word. A dirty word. A divisive non-issue, if you would believe the rhetoric espoused by some. But in a year where the funding of…

The Skin Trade: A Growing and Gruesome Crime

Women and Health Contributor Eshi Vaz, shares the secrets behind an unconscionable economic trade The philosopher and economist Amartya Sen is noted to have said that ‘poverty is not just a lack of money; it is not having the capability to realise one’s full potential as a human being’. To this extent, thousands of trafficked…

Photoseries: The Women of UCL

 To round off our IWD special, Chiara Vivaldi, women’s contributor shared the stories of some of the brilliant women of UCL. Enjoy!! Hannah and Karin      Hannah Wei, Economics Women in finance is a very large society here in UCL: its central purpose is to promote women’s rights in the financial field and, more broadly, in…

And the Fight Continues: What on earth is a “women’s strike”?

Elliote talks about just how some women are commemorating IWD… Every year, the 8th of March marks International Women’s Day. Like Mothers’ Day, and similar observances, many see the 8th March as a day to celebrate women in all our shining glory and to congratulate us on the ‘special’ role we play in the lives…

Photoseries: Memoirs from the Women’s March

More than a month after The successful Women’s March Article went live on The Amensty, (and on international Women’s day), we wanted to recount motivations of the domestic and international marches, by featuring the photographs submitted by our guest contributors that didn’t make it onto our website…                    …

A violation from within…

Hannah Overton, The Amnesty’s Health and Women contributor sheds light on this dark practise, as she accounts the testimony of survivor and activist Sarian… “Sande belongs to women and all women belong to it” – Ruth B. Phillips Sande. Bundu. Zadegi. All the same society. All the same rituals. All the same horror. This society…

“Hey Baby”- the catcalling conundrum

Women’s Editor, Anne Blanken, shares her disdain at a practise that continues to rare its ugly head each time a woman walks down the street…  Head up, stand tall. Focus on a point in the distance. Don’t make eye contact. Adjust clothing to cover any bare skin – discretely. Don’t be obvious. Appear confident, they smell…