On Thursday, 75% of the young people of this country voted to Remain in the UK. Most of those voting Remain were in work, and optimistic – some 46% of Remain voters believed life in Britain to be better than 30 years ago, as compared to the 22% of Leave voters for whom life […]Read more "A referendum to advise Parliament on membership of the EU has taken place. Now it is time for Parliament to do its work."
The queue was long and orderly, winding its way around the battered metal stand that was Zvishavane’s bus station. Zimbabwe’s summer sun beat down on us, fierce and relentless. Women with babies tied to their backs with swathes of brightly coloured cloth stood patiently, bathed in sweat. I joined the back of the queue, smiling […]Read more "Respect. Solidarity. Justice. Humanity. End White Supremacy Now."
Our journey to Palestine began with the construction of a tissue of lies strong enough to get us across the border. In the shared taxi from Amman, my colleague and I had exchanged pleasantries with a statuesque Palestinian woman dressed in a smart red and black jacket, a touch of Parisian style about her. She’d […]Read more "In Search of Shared Humanity"
It’s funny. I’m sure there was a point in the 2010s when I was saying all this, when I’d spotted a pattern in development thinking, a coming around and going around and coming back again to ideas that hadn’t quite yet had their day. But at that time I was still too busy to really notice […]Read more "The dream of being human"
There’s an appealing simplicity to the argument for investing in women and girls. Women and girls have been overlooked. They have so much potential. Get them into work, and poverty will disappear. Get them into school, and high birthrates will decrease. Get them into politics, and peace will reign. Invest in their potential and in their […]Read more "Hidden pathways and motorways to nowhere – beyond “empowerment lite”"
Some time in the 1990s, I started hearing stories of lesbian gulls and fish turning female. These were, it seemed, apocryphal tales of a world in which all that was masculine was slowly, surely, being transformed. They lingered with me, the stuff of science fiction. But this was not fiction. Fast forward twenty years and […]Read more "Feminized Fish – Hormonal Disruption as a Development Issue"
Shabana’s face breaks into a smile as she describes the life she leads: the freedoms she enjoys, her choice of clients, and the autonomy she has. “I’m as free as a bird,” she says. When Pathways of Women’s Empowerment began its search for inspiring examples of empowerment, in 2006, few might have imagined it would take us […]Read more "“If I’d been married, I would have been HIV Positive By Now”. How Indian Sex Workers are Challenging Stigma and Changing Society"