This article explores one challenge that women who are in or applying for senior leadership positions face. The menopause, an often stigmatised but rarely spoken about condition, affects more women than pregnancy, yet sees little-to-no support for those going through it.
The meaning of Feminism
Feminism can be defined by the Cambridge dictionary as the belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power, and opportunities as men. Despite having a simple definition, many have questioned how this is interpreted, creating differing views. Some misogynists even go as far to call passionate feminists ‘Feminazis’, which has created a negative view and attempted to ‘demonise us’. However, in recent years, with powerful Feminist icons such as Emma Watson (UN feminist activist) and Tarana Burke (founder of the #MeToo movement), I am prouder than ever to call myself a Feminist.
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After 20 years of occupation, the United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan on the 30th of August 2021. Within days, the Taliban took control of the presidential palace in Kabul and all but two of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals. After the takeover, media outlets began calling on the West to ‘save’ Afghan women with headlines reading “Desperate Afghan Women Wait for U.S. Protection” and petitions circling the internet to defend Afghan women under Taliban rule. The cries to save the women of Afghanistan have intensified since the introduction of the new Taliban decree which makes it mandatory for women to cover from head to toe. While not entirely ill-founded, this ‘feminist’ rhetoric contributes to a never-ending narrative that is weaponised to justify military intervention in Afghanistan. This, unfortunately, reinforces harmful stereotypes about Muslim women and ultimately absolves the United States from its own culpability in the destabilisation of Afghanistan.
Defamation generally requires the balancing of two competing rights: the right of the claimant to protect their reputation, and the right of the defendant to freedom of expression. However, defamation claims for sexual or domestic violence allegations have, or at least should have, an added yet largely unexplored dimension: preventing defamation from being used as a sword and preventing survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence from being silenced.