Women’s Voices in the Public Sphere

A couple of weeks ago Theresa May’s conservative party speech delighted Corbynistas and Blairites alike, as both mainstream and social media revelled gleefully in the disaster of it all. There were the falling letters, the prank P45, the unapplauding Boris Johnson, etc. etc. But the focal point of the disaster was May’s inability to speak,…

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World Mental Health Day 10/10/17

it’s very grey outside today. looking out of the window to see this a few months ago could have brought me to tears. perhaps stopped me from getting out of bed in the morning. potentially stopped me from eating anything for that day. i would have sat silently in a cold room, trying desperately to…

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City of Joy

(Trigger warning – references to rape and sexual violence throughout.) Madeleine Gavin’s City of Joy provides a sensitive insight into the plight of Congolese women today, without reducing their stories to the usual, easy-to-sell emotional porn. Having achieved what countless others before her have (unsuccessfully) tried to do, I have no doubt that City of Joy is…

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The Hairy Chronicles

I remember the first time someone pointed out the hair on my face – I was 6 years old, living in Pakistan and playing a game of tag with some of my friends. The boy who tagged me called me muchard, an Urdu word which essentially means ‘someone with a moustache’ and ran away laughing. I…

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