Register Here – IFLN event: A feminist approach to litigation and legal advocacy internationally – City University Law School

IFLN event: A feminist approach to litigation and legal advocacy internationally

Wed 17 Jul 2024 10:00 AM5:00 PM

City University Law School, EC1V 0HB

What can we learn from lawyers in different countries and jurisdictions about their strategies to tackle male violence against women?

Join us on 17 July 2024 for the first hybrid International Feminist Legal Network event.

During the event we will discuss local, regional, national and international approaches on issues such as:

  • Femicide and suicide resulting from domestic abuse
  • Challenging criminalisation of survivors of male violence
  • Challenging men’s fightback through the family courts and the use of parental alienation
  • Police perpetrated abuse
  • Violence against women framed as torture
  • Legal representation for victims in the criminal justice system and challenging anonymity for perpetrators
  • Using litigation as a tool for change
  • The impact of strategic litigation and how to enhance it

Lawyers from around the world will attend in person or online including from the Philippines, South Africa, United States and elsewhere.

International timings for the event are:

05:00-12:00 Lima, Bogota, New York
10:00-17:00 London
11:00-18:00 Madrid, Johannesburg
12:00-19:00 Athens, Helsinki, Nairobi
14:00-21:00 Lahore, Tashkent
14:30-21:30 New Delhi
17:00-00:00 Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing
18:00-01:00 Seoul, Tokyo
19:00-02:00 Sydney, Melbourne

Please note this event is aimed at lawyers, legal NGOs and legal academics.

Source: Register Here – IFLN event: A feminist approach to litigation and legal advocacy internationally – City University Law School

‘We cannot simply go, go, go.’ What is girl mossing, the wellness trend that rejects hustle culture? | The Conversation

On TikTok and Instagram, people are “girl mossing”: lying on a forest floor, staring up at a leafy canopy or caressing moss. The United States National Forest Foundation even borrowed the term to kick off its 2024 Instagram account. Girl mossing recognises a need to step away from the pressures of modern, urban life, promoting spending time in nature as a restorative practice.

The fast pace and pressure of neoliberal capitalism take an enormous toll on wellbeing: not just personal, but social and planetary. These pressures are most acutely felt by women – whose labour remains, in large part, undervalued and underpaid – and by young people, who are often in precarious work, priced out of the housing market. Yet they’re still bombarded with images of unattainable success on social media. Not so the moss selfies.

The pressure to succeed, to be a “girlboss” at work, as well as the perfect girlfriend or wife or mother or daughter, takes its toll on women’s physical and emotional health. It’s no wonder, then, that women are moving from girlbossing to girl mossing. Girl rotting is another subversive form of rest and retreat, focused on being intentionally “unproductive” at home.

There is a crossover between girl mossing as a byword for resting and relaxing in nature, and a worldwide trend for literally appreciating moss, similarly linked to finding relaxation in nature. In Japan, moss has long been a national craze, sparked partly by a 2011 runaway hit book, Mosses, My Dear Friends. The term “Moss girl(s)” in Japanese, #苔ガール or #苔ガールズ, has 4,036 posts on Instagram.

In the 1960s, leading figure in the counterculture movement and psychedelics advocate Timothy Leary urged youth to “tune in, turn on, drop out”. But girl mossing and girl rotting are distinguished by being led by young women, and by their embrace of natural rhythms of decay.

Source: ‘We cannot simply go, go, go.’ What is girl mossing, the wellness trend that rejects hustle culture?

Mattel’s new athlete Barbies might seem like a win for feminists and young girls – but they’re not

Mattel released a new range of Barbie dolls this week honouring nine trailblazing women in sport. The recognised athletes include Matildas soccer star Mary Fowler, tennis champion Venus Williams and seven other record-breaking and world champion sports stars from across the globe.

But is this a genuine effort by a corporation to be gender progressive, or is it a marketing ploy that co-opts feminism in the pursuit of profit?

On face value, Mattel’s recent efforts to diversify its range of Barbies through embracing and promoting women’s sporting is positive. After all, women’s visibility in sport is a longstanding problem, plagued by issues of unequal pay, representation and participation. And you can’t be what you can’t see.

But what exactly are we seeing in the new Barbies? While the range promotes diversity in terms of skin colour and abilities, we’re once again confronted with a sameness of bodies. Each of the Barbies conforms to a prescriptive thin ideal and doesn’t convey the athleticism of their likeness.

For instance, Venus Williams’s muscularity – a feature that makes her a powerful tennis player – is missing in her replica.

The dolls in Barbie’s new range embody a combination of physical perfection and sporting prowess. As such, they communicate new levels of expectation and standards for young girls to “aspire” to.

Mattel’s new range suggests the company is willing to go only so far in its efforts to be “inclusive” – unable to break away from the rigid plastic mould of Barbie’s unrealistic contours.

Source: Mattel’s new athlete Barbies might seem like a win for feminists and young girls – but they’re not

Why is Saudi Arabia heading top UN gender equality forum? – DW – 04/02/2024


Last week, Saudi Arabia was chosen to chair the United Nations’ leading gender equality forum, the Commission on the Status of Women. Even before the choice was finalized, rights organizations were issuing warnings.

Other countries “should oppose the candidacy of Saudi Arabia, which has an egregious women’s rights record,” the rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote a week beforehand

After the decision was made on March 28, they were even more upset. “Whoever is in the chair, which is now Saudi Arabia, is in a key position to influence the planning, the decisions, the taking stock, and looking ahead, in a critical year for the commission,” Sherine Tadros, head of Amnesty International’s New York office, told the Guardian

. “Saudi Arabia is now at the helm, but Saudi Arabia’s own record on women’s rights is abysmal, and a far cry from the mandate of the Commission.”

Source: Why is Saudi Arabia heading top UN gender equality forum? – DW – 04/02/2024

‘Inspire Inclusion’ and you’ll get duped again on International Women’s Day

The UN Women theme for 2024 is actually Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.

This correct theme is getting more traction than in previous years. But if you Google ‘International Women’s Day,’ the first result will push you to a domain encouraging you to ‘Inspire Inclusion.’ Ask ChatGPT, and you’ll also be told the theme is to “Inspire Inclusion’.

If you leverage the ‘Inspire Inclusion’ theme for your marketing or event efforts, you are complying with a UK-based firm that runs the domain but offers no transparency on who is behind it and how they chose their themes, charities and partners.

The corporate-theme hijacking of IWD first bothered me in March 2022 when UN Women’s official theme, which centred around climate change, was drowned out by calls to “break the bias” instead. Especially frustrating given Australia was experiencing significant flooding and weather events during that period. At the time, I described themes like ‘break the bias’ as weapons of mass distraction.

As I also wrote in 2022 and remains true today, when you Google ‘International Women’s Day’ you come across this official-looking, we-own-this-IWD-thing website that claims to determine each year’s theme and resources to support messaging and ideas around the day.

The website, in 2024, continues to share very little information on who is behind it, how it is funded and how and why it determines the theme. There is no ‘About Us’, only an ‘About IWD’. There are no names listed or clear contact information given, other than a form you can fill out regarding sponsorship opportunities, which are now positioned as a place to submit a ‘partnership proposal’.

While a generic email address is given, the physical address is listed as Aurora Ventures (Europe) Limited, based in London. Aurora Ventures lists its work as including delivery of the International Women’s Day (IWD) platform and working “with stakeholders to produce an annual IWD campaign theme.”

As of late 2023, those who own the IWD domain name also featured several “Prime Employers” associated with International Women’s Day that the website writers said “maintain a deep and continuous focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) all year round”. Some notable exemplars included Siemens Healthineers, Diageo, Honeywell, John Deer and Northrop Grumman in association with IWD 2023.

The website has since been updated, presumably to focus more on employers that don’t make things like intercontinental ballistic missiles because “weapons and women’s empowerment” doesn’t roll off the tongue so well in 2024.

Source: ‘Inspire Inclusion’ and you’ll get duped again on International Women’s Day

Hijacking the Murder of Women: Nothing is Sacred to Trans Activists


On 6th December 1989, a man called Marc Lépine walked into a mechanical engineering class at Montreal’s École Polytechnique with a semi-automatic rifle. He separated the men from the women and then instructed the men to leave. He declared that he was ‘fighting feminism’ and opened fire on the nine women who remained. He killed six of them.

Lépine then wandered the building for 20 minutes, targeting and shooting women. He murdered a further eight women before finally killing himself. His page-long suicide note made clear that his barbaric actions had been motivated purely by his hatred of women. “Feminists have always enraged me. I have decided to send the feminists, who have always ruined my life, to their Maker.

In 1991, to commemorate the female victims of that senseless massacre, the Canadian parliament inaugurated 6th December as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

But, of course, like anything else that centres women, in recent years even this most sad and solemn occasion has been appropriate by trans-identified males who use the murder of women to colonise our sex.

In 2021 a Canadian province deemed that the best person to speak at a memorial service for these murdered women was a male.

Incredibly, they invited Anastasia Preston, a Trans Community Outreach Coordinator at an LGBTQ+ sexual health clinic, to speak at the service. Such a choice would have been wholly inappropriate whatever the circumstances. But the man they invited clearly has no empathy or respect for women. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Only a few months before the memorial service, he retweeted this.

When people expressed their outrage at this appalling insult to Lépine’s victims, CBC turned off the replies to their tweet.\

What an insult to the women murdered by a man who hated feminists, that the principal speaker at their memorial was a man who hates feminists.

Source: Hijacking the Murder of Women: Nothing is Sacred to Trans Activists

‘Brilliantly controversial’: Vale Dr Dale Spender AM

World-acclaimed feminist, beloved educator and widely published author who was nothing short of brilliant, Dr Dale Spender AM has passed away aged 80.

A true pioneer for women’s equality who elevated her fellow writers and educators and cheekily encouraged women to be bold and change the world, Dr Dale Spender AM has sadly passed away, aged 80.

Recalling his favourite memory of his sister, Mr Spender recited one of her famous quotes that encapsulated her spirit.

It reads: “Feminism has fought no wars. It has killed no opponents. It has set up no concentration camps, starved no enemies, practised no cruelties. Its battles have been for education, for the vote, for better working conditions, for safety on the streets, for childcare, for social welfare, for rape crisis centres, women’s refugees, reforms in the law. If someone says, ‘oh I’m not a feminist,’ I ask, ‘why? What’s your problem?”

At heart a teacher and a writer and always a feminist, Dale Spender lived a life driven by passion for women’s equality and for education.
She published and edited over 30 books and many more articles, book chapters and blog entries on feminism, women’s history and literature, education and new technologies.
In 1980, Dale published Man Made Language – originally her PhD thesis.
The work established her as a feminist academic and remains influential in contemporary analysis of sexism in language and in the social and political reality it creates.
Reclaiming women’s intellectual heritage, she said, was a deeply feminist act: “Unless we can reconstruct our past, draw on it and transmit it to the next generation, our oppression persists.” (Women of Ideas, 1982).
On returning to Australia, Dale was criticised by those working in the same intellectual fields as not being scholarly, as too prolific, as a populist and tall poppy.
She applied for several academic positions in Australia but was not successful, perhaps on the grounds that are familiar to other intellectuals who made their name and fame outside of Australia.
Or perhaps it was because she cheekily advised women that to change the world, they should be rude to men, three times a day.

Source: ‘Brilliantly controversial’: Vale Dr Dale Spender AM

A World Without Men: Inside South Korea’s 4B Movement

The women of South Korea’s 4B movement aren’t fighting the patriarchy — they’re leaving it behind entirely.

In South Korea, where cases of femicide, revenge porn, and dating violence are widespread, a surge in spy-cam sex crimes, overwhelmingly committed by men, had mostly resulted in fines and suspended jail sentences, if they were prosecuted at all. That was not the case, however, for one 25-year-old woman who had taken a nonconsensual photo of a nude male model at art school and posted it online; she was sentenced to ten months in prison and court-ordered sexual-violence counseling. The demonstrations were a reaction to the blatant hypocrisy.

Many of the women at the protests shaved their heads on-camera. As she began to follow more feminist Twitter accounts, Youngmi understood this was a public act of rejection of those same aesthetic expectations imposed on Korean women that have made the country a leader in grooming products and plastic surgery. She began to realize that “you know, men do not do that — men do not feel the pressure to buy clothes every season or wear makeup.”

Soon, Youngmi shaved her head, too, and stopped wearing makeup, joining the so-called “escape the corset” movement happening among young women in South Korea. The movement, which first gained popularity in 2018, saw Korean women publicly turn away from societally imposed beauty standards by cutting their hair short and going barefaced. (Youngmi was not alone — in 2019, a survey found that 24 percent of women in their 20s reported cutting back their spending on beauty products in the previous year, with many saying they no longer felt they needed to put in the effort.) This eventually led Youngmi to “4B,” a smaller but growing movement among Korean women. 4B is shorthand for four Korean words that all start with bi-, or “no”: The first no, bihon, is the refusal of heterosexual marriage. Bichulsan is the refusal of childbirth, biyeonae is saying no to dating, and bisekseu is the rejection of heterosexual sexual relationships. It is both an ideological stance and a lifestyle, and many women I spoke to extend their boycott to nearly all the men in their lives, including distancing themselves from male friends.

For Youngmi and many others who subscribe to its basic premises, 4B, or “practicing bihon,” is the only path by which a Korean woman today can live autonomously. In their view, Korean men are essentially beyond redemption, and Korean culture, on the whole, is hopelessly patriarchal — often downright misogynistic. A 2016 survey by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family found the incidence of intimate-partner violence at 41.5 percent, significantly higher than the global average of 30 percent. While 4B’s adherents may hope to change society — through demonstrations and online activism, and by modeling an alternative lifestyle to other women — they are not trying to change the men whom they view as their oppressors.

She doesn’t believe in labels for her own sexual orientation and has little interest in dating other women, but she does believe in political lesbianism as a way for women to establish lives separate from men — with an emphasis on the “political” rather than the “lesbian.” “I don’t need to try being a lesbian, because in political lesbianism, I can just be a person, like a normal person — a human being. I can be in a safe place,” she told me as we drank sweet-potato lattes at a campus café. The most important thing, in her view, is the absence of men. “Always, when I use the word ‘safe place,’ it means the place for women.”

Source: A World Without Men: Inside South Korea’s 4B Movement