Affect, Discourse and Politics: Interrogating Narratives of Fear

Recent comments made by Boris Johnson that burqa-clad women resemble “bank robbers” has sparked fierce controversy within the UK. These comments, particularly when made by someone who influences popular discourse and politics, reflect not only current anti-immigrant and Islamophobic views, but operate to reinforce them in ways not immediately apparent; through the language of emotions. Waller-Carr discusses.

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Marissa Conway
Making “Leftover Women”: Understanding the Discourses Surrounding China’s Single Women

Sheng nü refers to young urban women in China who are professionally successful and ‘left behind’ in the marriage market. This two-part series discusses how the use of this derogatory term has created a rhetorical environment in which being labeled as “leftover” merits a de facto slew of judgements as well as romantic disinterest from men. Lubiner discusses.

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Marissa Conway
Peacebuilding in Yemen: Women as Agents for Peace

As the violence has amplified existing inequalities and social protections have deteriorated, Yemen’s civil war has disproportionately impacted women and children. As the war continues, the significance of women grows. In any future peace agreement, women must play a role at all levels. Sakowski discusses.

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Marissa Conway
Comments by Gyde Jensen - The Germany Launch Event

Gyde Jensen, Chair of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, German Bundestag (FDP). Born and raised at the coast of Schleswig-Holstein, Gyde Jensen worked in Geneva and Washington D.C, as well as communications manager for a political foundation. She is the co-founder of the start-up network platform ‘Kiel Starting City’. In October 2017 she was elected as member of the German Bundestag and is the speaker on human rights for the FDP parliamentary group. Since January 2018 she chairs the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs.

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Keynote Speech by Catalina Ruiz Navarro - the Germany Launch Event

Catalina Ruiz-Navarro is a Colombian-Caribbean feminist activist and journalist living in Mexico City. She is the editor-in-chief of the feminist Latin American magazine Volcánica, the co-creator of Amazona TV and has worked as a weekly columnist for El Espectador and El Heraldo in Colombia, writing on feminist topics such as abortion rights in Latin America. Catalina also founded the feminist Youtube channel “(e)stereotipas”.

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Women Leaders in a Man’s World: Does a Feminist Foreign Policy Require a Woman Leader at the Top? - Part II

Women make the world a better place for other women. Or do they? Some maintain that a woman in the top job will mean a brighter future for fellow women. However, we cannot even accept at face value the assumption that women leaders are good for women. This two-part series explores the case of Julia Gillard, Australia’s first and thus far only female Prime Minister (from 2010-2013), regarding the issue of women’s rights in her domestic and foreign policy agenda. Vijeyarasa discusses.

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Marissa Conway
State Autonomy, Gender & Sexuality - Part 2

This two-part series pursues a discussion surrounding gender and sexuality representations before the nation-states. Part 2 presents the nation-state privileging free men over women as property; and the notion of a nation-state being harmful to gender and sexuality because individual agency is not taken into account. Ikpa discusses.

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Marissa Conway