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French police at the Jewish supermarket in Paris where several people were taken hostage.
Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre: Are the worst really full of passionate intensity?
By Slavoj Zizek - 10 January 21:31

How fragile the belief of an Islamist must be if he feels threatened by a stupid caricature in a weekly satirical newspaper, says the Slovenian philosopher.

Turkish president Ergodan - he doesn't like it up 'im. Photo: Getty Images
Poking fun at power: Why dictators and despots hate political cartoonists
By Rachael Jolley - 18 December 13:29

Cartoonists around the globe are being told to tone down their art, or face massive fines and prison sentences, writes Rachael Jolley.

A health worker treats a child with ebola in Sierra Leone. Photo: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images
Warnings over collapse of health system in the wake of ebola in Sierra Leone
By Karl Blanchet and Sara Nam - 12 December 11:20

Prior to the outbreak there were signs of progress in the country’s public health operation, which are now under threat.

166 silhouettes representing French women victims of violence in 2007. Photo: Getty Images
"I felt scared all the time": how children are the forgotten victims of domestic violence
By Tom Rahilly - 08 December 15:11

>We need to help victims get away from abusive partners - but we also must recognise that children often need support and therapeutic help while they are still in these toxic environments.

An anti-abortion protestor in Belfast in 2012. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty
It’s time Northern Ireland put an end to the climate of fear around abortion
By Grainne Teggart - 28 November 11:40

The proposal to impose ten-year jail sentences on any woman who has an abortion in a non-NHS clinic in Northern Ireland would plunge women’s rights into the dark ages.

The Home Office has renewed Serco's contract to run the Yarl's Wood detention centre. Photo: Getty Images
Why has Serco been awarded the contract to continue running Yarl’s Wood?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 27 November 15:14

The detention centre in Buckinghamshire, where 400 women await deportation, has been dogged by allegations of mistreatment - so why has the company which has run it for the last seven years been awarded a new contract?

A feminist protest. Photo: Getty
Why feminism needs trans people and sex workers
By Alison Phipps - 24 November 17:42

Feminists of all stripes share a desire to make women’s lives better. But in order to do that, we need to listen to what all women have to say.

Mark Wahlberg as real-life Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in Lone Survivor. Photo: Universal
Lone Survivor: just because a film shows the ugly side of war, doesn't mean it's an anti-war film
By Sam Moore - 24 November 16:49

Anti-war films often aren't because they still glamourise combat, or fail to ask questions about the wider political reasons for nations to go to war.

Peruvian andean women victims of forced sterilizations during the administration of Peru's former President Alberto Fujimori, protest in Lima on February 13, 2014. Photo: Getty Images
The artistic campaign to help 300,000 Peruvian women sterilised against their will
By Iain Aitch - 24 November 11:39

During the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of poor women in rural areas of Peru were forcibly sterilised, often without their knowledge - and ahead of the next presidential election, artists are helping campaigners finally find justice.

People protesting the bedroom tax outside the High Court in London in February 2014. Photo: Getty
How can you charge the bedroom tax on a stalked woman’s panic room?
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 20 November 12:34

Under the bedroom tax regime, a panic room built to keep a woman and her son safe from abuse has been deemed a “spare bedroom”.

There is more to the poppy hijab that there initially appears. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty
The poppy hijab is just Islamophobia with a floral motif
By Chris Allen - 03 November 12:32

The poppy hijabs have become a politically correct way of airing a suspicion that all Muslims are “basically terrorist sympathisers”. The wearing – or not wearing – of a patriotic hijab becomes a shrouded loyalty test.

Guy Scott, who has just taken over as Zambia’s interim president. Photo: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty Images
Zambia’s new president is white – and we need to get over it
By Martin Plaut - 30 October 10:53

The appointment of Guy Scott as Zambia’s interim president has been welcomed by the country's citizens. We should follow their lead.

New research puts London behind New York, Beijing and Tokyo for women’s safety on transport. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images
The right to feel safe: women should be able to use public transport without fear
By Monique Villa and Laura Bates - 29 October 9:42

Despite the high levels of incidents, sexual harassment remains mainly unreported. Women tend not to report the majority of incidents, sometimes amid concerns that they would not be taken seriously. This has to change.

Students at work in a university library. Photo: Getty
Why UK universities must steer clear of trigger warnings
By Pam Lowe - 24 October 13:07

It is important for staff to assist and support students while teaching and learning sensitive issues, but we should not be sanitising the curriculum for them.

People walk past an ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: Getty
How translators can help stem the ebola crisis
By Lori Thicke - 14 October 13:16

Ignorance about ebola can be as fatal as bodily contact with an infected person. The problem is that most information about how to prevent ebola is not available in the languages understood by the people at risk.

A student sits on the stairs at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt an der Oder. Photo: Getty
How Germany managed to abolish university tuition fees
By Barbara Kehm - 13 October 13:51

Despite the fact that competition for funding and accountability has increased in German higher education, there is still a general consensus that it is a public system and should be state-funded.

Is the capacity for educational achievement something you can inherit? Photo: Getty
How genes can influence children’s exam results
By Eva Krapohl and Kaili Rimfeld - 07 October 12:31

Education is more than what happens passively to a child.

A woman enjoys an ice-cream during an Eid celebration fun fair in Burgess Park, London. Photo: Getty
The Myth of the Moderate Muslim
By Bina Shah - 06 October 12:47

Everyone seems to know that the moderate Muslim exists, but nobody seems to really agree on what he or she looks like, how he or she acts, behaves, what she believes in, how he or she practises.

British Muslims are twice as likely to be unemployed than the national average. Photo: Getty
Why we urgently need Islamic student loans
By Vasilis Pappas and Paul Dawson - 03 October 11:48

A major barrier to career aspirations among Muslims has been their inability to take on student (or any other) loans to fund higher study, as Shariah law prohibits predetermined interest rates.

A refugee looks at the sea from Lampedusa Island in the Mediterranean. Photo: Getty
A year of Mare Nostrum: political impotence has stranded hundreds of refugee children in Sicily
By Jamie Mackay - 03 October 10:34

Since April this year 5,000 unaccompanied children have arrived in the small Sicilian town of Augusta, fleeing war and poverty in north Africa.

A young journalist, carrying a camera and a gun, walks down a street in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: Getty
How do journalists keep themselves safe in warzones?
By Vicky Baker - 02 October 17:26

More exposure is needed on what is going on behind the scenes of foreign reporting – between the bylines, when the cameras stop rolling.

We shouldn’t fight for “gender equality”. We should fight to abolish gender
By George Gillett - 02 October 12:47

Gender is flawed – no set of social scripts will ever represent the wonderful diversity and intricacy of human behaviour. 

Gloves and boots used by those treating ebola drying. Photo: Getty
Will ebola allow the US to increase its military footprint in Africa?
By Martin Plaut - 02 October 10:05

The initiative may be more ambitious than it first appeared.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protestors gather near a ceremony marking China's 65th National Day. Photo: Getty
Hong Kong protests: Beijing is now face to face with universal suffrage promise
By Surya Deva - 01 October 10:54

The people of Hong Kong are making their voices heard as never before.

An Iraqi-Kurdish woman and her child cross the border into Turkey after fleeing Kobane. Photo: Getty
“We needed to escape before they slaughtered our girls”
By Danielle Spencer - 30 September 16:16

On 16 September, the northern Syrian town of Kobane came under siege. Since then, reports state that more than 150,000 refugees have flooded into Turkey.

Assistant referee Sian Massey has been the focus of sexist comments in the past. Photo: Getty
The chilling reality of sexism in football
By David Mooney - 30 September 14:35

While there is willingness to tackle other forms of discrimination in the sport, objectifying women is too often shrugged off as just “banter”.

Iraqi Kurds protesting against Isis. Photo: Getty
Is “democracy” nothing more than a slogan now?
By Luce Irigaray and Michael Marder - 24 September 15:37

The time has come to define and demonstrate differently what it means to be a democrat by giving the word to the citizens instead of keeping them hostage to debates between politicians.

In poverty-stricken areas of easter Afghanistan, girls are too often the ones at risk. Photo: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images
Being a gynaecologist in Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world
By Horia Mosadiq - 24 September 12:56

A doctor in Afghanistan is using her medical training to provide healthcare and other support to women – at great risk to herself and her family.

Mainstream culture lacks accurate representation of sexual fluidity. Photo: Getty
Why we need Bi-Visibility Day
By Sarah Bramley - 23 September 9:40

This international awareness day aims to bring to attention the prejudices bisexual people face.

Drinks in a glass. Photo: Getty
I was raped when I was drunk. I was 14. Do you believe me, Richard Dawkins?
By Name Withheld - 19 September 13:53

I had not consented because I was not conscious enough to consent. Do you understand what that means?