This article examines abortion laws, focusing on Latin America, and the recent ruling in Colombia, comparing this with developments in the UK and US.
21 February 2022: Abortions in the first 24 weeks of a pregnancy have been decriminalised in Colombia by the country’s constitutional court. Before this ruling, laws prohibited abortion unless there was either a risk to life/health, life-threatening foetal anomalies, or if the pregnancy had resulted from rape, incest or non-consensual artificial insemination.
In light of the events regarding child Q, it is important to discuss the adultification bias that some ethnic minority children face, most especially black children (I can only discuss black children as that is my experience).
It is seen all over social media, in day-to-day lives, and even in normal family dynamics that black girls are treated older than they are.
Meet Ella. Ella is a University of Bristol student,currently studying Spanish and Russian on her year abroad in Spain. Ella is also known for her humanitarian work in areas such as Lesbos and for founding the Pachamama Project. Pachamama, being the goddess of fertility, is an important charity that works to donate reusable period pads to refugees in areas of crises to tackle Period Poverty. Winner of @the_happy_broadcast ‘s ‘Awesome Person of the Week’ in December 2021, Ella is a pretty amazing young woman. I was fortunate enough to interview her last week with some questions of my own.
Inspired by Misjustice: How British Law is Failing Women, Helena Kennedy (Chapter 2 – The Good Wife and Mother).
For as long as there has been a legal system to breed preconceived notions of what it means to be a woman, that is exactly what has happened. The role of a woman did not come about by chance but by calculated interference from those capable of wielding power and influence over their presumed inferiors. This standard that women are expected to meet has been used by judges throughout history as a benchmark for the respect that a woman may receive and has impacted on judicial decisions for centuries.
‘#Not All Men’- Okay, let me clarify exactly which men are part of the problem.
Circulating around Instagram last March, you probably saw this annotated list of men you may or may not recognise amongst our society:
28. The ones who say ‘boys will be boys’
29. The ones who don’t say anything
30. The ones who are more upset about the issue being raised than they are about the issue itself
Artists Phoebe Minson and her sister Tiff Minson composed this piece in response to the ‘frustrating, heart-breaking, confusing conversations’ that arose following Sarah Everard’s murder. Phoebe is a London based artist and blogger who is completing a Fine Art Degree at Central Saint Martins alongside her job as Creative Director of a gallery in Soho.
Apart from the numerous deaths and obvious losses incurred worldwide, the Coronavirus pandemic has affected racial and ethnic minority groups greater, according to the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). We must view this through a feminist lens and recognise that in a world structured on inequities, this pandemic has also perpetuated and reinforced existing avenues of oppression. It has hit the hardest those groups who already are discriminated against: women, people of colour, and lower-income groups. A virus should not and does not discriminate between gender, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic background - people do, and have done, particularly when it comes to the distribution of resources, such as vaccines.