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The kidnapped brides of Kyrgyzstan

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine sent me an extremely frightening video from Russian publication In the Now. I watched as young women were being seized in broad daylight from the streets of Kyrgyzstan, central Asia, and thrown into cars. I watched in shock, and it wasn’t long before there were tears streaming […]

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On the Muslim ban that connected us

My personal thoughts on Donald Trump’s controversial Muslim travel ban have been diluted as I have been force-fed headlines and opinions announced across media outlets. I still hadn’t come to terms with the fact that the ban had come into fruition, let alone formed any personal judgement on it. I felt a whirlwind of emotions. […]

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Double standards, not science, are holding back the male pill

Acne, soreness, and mood swings. These are some of the side effects of the recently trialled contraceptive for men. They are also some of the side effects experienced by women who use birth control. Only the latter is publicly available. The trial comprised 320 men in ten different locations worldwide who received injections to reduce […]

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Dear Sirs, we need to talk about women

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there was a magic circle law firm called Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In September this year the firm decided to bar its lawyers from starting emails and documents with “Dear Sirs”, instead introducing the more inclusive “Dear Sir or Madam”. And Lo, all the women rose […]

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Civil partnerships: we need the right to reject marriage

It’s mid-morning on a Friday, and we’re in a registry office in Douglas – the capital of the Isle of Man. Two witnesses are present for the civil partnership ceremony of an opposite-sex couple, Adeline Cosson and Kieran Hodgson. They are the first heterosexual couple to get a civil partnership in the British Isles after […]

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Can start ups help bridge the gender pay gap?

Last week, the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that the gender pay gap in the UK was on average, 18%. When women become mothers, this figure widens over 12 years after the birth of their first child, only to end as a 33% gap in pay per hour. Plus, if you’re a male manager, you’re […]

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Decriminalise prostitution? Why we agree with Jeremy Corbyn

I know, at first it sounds bad, right — decriminalise the sex industry. Make legal the exploitation of women who need the money, make it ‘okay’ for access to their bodies be something that’s bought and sold? Sounds an awful lot like condoning both the existence of the sex industry, and what it’s about. So […]

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