“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…

I was raped. I have the right to remain anonymous. But I shouldn’t have to.

Hannah Overton, superhero extraordinaire, shares this touching story about overcoming one of the most egregious things that could ever happen to a woman… It was our second date. Already head over heels for each other, we were in bed and he began to touch me. “Stop”, I said playfully. He didn’t. My playfulness turned to panic. “I…

Why I joined the Women’s March on London…

The Women’s March was a powerful statement of non-compliance and protest against an incoming administration, and the stagnant position of women in general, The Amnesty spoke to some amazing activists who expressed their motivations for marching too… Last week, I wrote a rather damning assessment on the future and face of the Feminist movement. I particularly…

Trapped in Iran: 275 days and counting

Anne Blanken, our Women’s Editor, launches our ‘2016: A Year in Reflection’ series as she recounts one of the most outrageous detentions of 2016… British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe has fallen victim to an intricate and extended political ploy that has seen her human rights tested, abused, and disrespected. On April 3rd she was arbitrarily detained by…

Rise and Repeal: The dawn of real reproductive rights reform in Ireland

On September 24th, despite bus strikes and heavy rain, an estimated 25,000 people gathered in Dublin for the ‘Rise and Repeal’ march, organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign. It was the biggest ever pro-choice march in Dublin and there were solidarity demonstrations in 25 cities around the world — from New York City to Kathmandu….

10 Wins for Human Rights in 2015

Whilst the media is often full of doom and gloom when reporting on human rights, it’s good to remember that Amnesty, and other organisations, are making a positive difference in the world.

International Women’s Day: Developments and Achievements

As International Women’s Day comes and goes for another year, what has changed in the lives of women all over the world? In the midst of celebrations, speeches, and conferences, there were still campaigns running to promote equality, safety and freedom of women in every continent. The people working tirelessly to provide these necessities are…

One woman raped every minute: the Congo’s worst-kept secret

In many Western countries such as England and the USA, the issue of rape is downplayed. There is a distinct level of stigma surrounding the issue, which has subsequently led to it being, for the most part, swept under the rug. This oversight is heightened by the fact that, in the Western world, rape is…

Stop Human Trafficking: We Are Not For Sale

As the UCLU Amnesty International Society gears up to host an anti human-trafficking/slavery stunt action on the 18th of February, I decided to explore this persisting problem and the victims who suffer at its hands.

Making Violence Against Women Count: The Global Village

How will violence against women look in a scaled down world, in a global village of 1,000 people? (the figures are based on statistics from UN, WHO and governmental and non-governmental organizations). 500 are women It would be 510, but 10 were never born due to gender-selective abortion or died in infancy due to neglect…