Equality Archive

Who Are The Women Waging War On Environmental Damage?

They are your mothers, your sisters, your daughters and your friends. They are housewives, lawyers, doctors, scientists and artists. They represent everyone who feels that their voice is being muted or devalued. When, where and who? On January 21st, 2017, the day after Donald

Why We Should Talk More Openly About Mental Health Issues

Over the past month, I talked with people affected by mental illnesses. Some of the things I heard I could relate to, others were completely new to me, and gave me an intriguing insight into different perceptions of reality. For some people I talked

The unspoken truth about catcalling

I cannot think of just ONE single moment in which I fell victim to catcalling or street harassment. Instead, I have plenty of such situations in mind which were all similar and therefore mingle in my memory. Sometimes it was ‘just’ an awkwardly long

“It wasn’t even real rape!” – Debunking Rape Myths

Sexual assault is one of the most under-reported crimes in the U.S. While the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey estimates an average of 293,066 victims of rape and sexual assault each year, the actual number of unreported cases is expected to

This map should change the way you think about foreign aid

Criticism of foreign aid centers around the fact that it is largely ineffective at generating sustainable economic development or truly helping the world’s poor. But as this helpful map from the cost information website HowMuch.net reveals, one reason for that is that promoting development and

Understanding Patriarchy

The following article is an excerpt from Bell Hooks’ in her book The Will To Change: Patriarchy is the single most life-threatening social disease assaulting the male body and spirit in our nation. Yet most men do not use the word “patriarchy” in everyday

Wikileaks Exposes Secret Deal to Get Saudi Arabia on UN Human Rights Council

Two years after the controversial appointment of Saudi Arabia to the UN Human Rights Council, leaked diplomatic cables have revealed the UK was a key player in the election of the Gulf State ─ despite the Saudis’ appalling human rights record. The United Nations Human Rights

Saudi Arabia Crucifies An Activist As They Get U.N. Human Rights Leadership Role

For Saudi Arabia, sometimes it’s not enough to simply behead a person who has run afoul of the government: On some occasions, there’s nothing like the crucifixion of an activist to how your dedication to human rights: A group of U.N. experts has joined

10 Gender Norms We Need To Change

There is a degree of embedded sexism in the expectations we have, and stories we tell, within our culture. I am not talking about words like “humanity” having man in it, but instead about the idea that a stoic woman would be anything but

Why racism was never really about race

Race is an attempt to define groups of people based on their appearance and heritage. Clean “races” don’t exist in a scientific context and genetic variance barely exists, and we’re genetically far healthier because of this. Indeed, the idea that a human is somehow