Why can’t I go out without getting harassed?
There are many ways in which an article about violence against women and non-binary people on nights out could begin. I could list off the overwhelming statistics - that 97% of women between the ages of 18 and 24 have experienced sexual harassment, and that 96% don't report it. Or that reports of sexual assault in clubs in the UK reached a six year high in 2022. Or that 1 in 9 women were spiked on a night out after Covid lockdowns were lifted.
Hyper exploitation and profiteering – the reality of “fast fashion”
The topic of Fast Fashion, which is linked to the exploitation of workers and environmental damage, is a subject frequently discussed among young people. However, can the Fast Fashion model be eradicated within the framework of capitalism? Saana Taussi delves into the unsavoury aspects of the fashion industry - characterized by misogyny, exploitation, and ecological destruction.
Belfast International Women’s Day: Stand up, fight back!
People of all genders took to the streets of Belfast City Centre on Saturday 4 March to come together and celebrate International Women’s Day. The rally included, for the first time since 2020, a march from Writers Square to City Hall.
The same struggle – unite against gender violence, racism and the far-right
The femicide of 23 year-old teacher Ashling Murphy on 12 January 2022, cutting a young life callously and brutally short, provoked a mass response. In a moment replete with profound sadness, anger and solidarity: anger at the social ill of men’s violence against women in all its forms; sadness for Ashling’s family, for the children in Ashling’s class who lost their teacher; tens of thousands, probably upwards of 100,000, congregated in countless vigils in every nook and cranny of the island in cities, towns, housing estates, a myriad of sporting clubs etc. The government felt under pressure and pledged “a zero-tolerance policy to tackle domestic, sexual and gender-based violence”. Nothing concrete has yet been delivered, however.
Build a socialist feminist movement – Join ROSA!
Rising rates of gender-based violence, harrowing femicides and the rise of misogynistic influencers such as Andrew Tate - the need for a socialist feminist fightback has never been clearer. Eva Martin describes the anti-capitalist feminist struggle which is necessary to end the exploitation and oppression of all.
Build a mass movement to stop the rise of violent misogyny
In recent weeks the separate murders of Natalie McNally, Ailish Walsh, Bruna Fonseca and Maud Coffey have once again caused grief and anger. These femicides were not only a painful end to 2022 and start to 2023 but also a damning warning of what is to come if we do not challenge the deepening epidemic of gender violence, misogyny and sexism.
Remember Natalie — Build a movement against femicide & all gender violence
We stand in solidarity with the family and friends of Natalie Mc Nally and all who knew her. We share your grief and sorrow at her loss, the fourth woman to be killed in her home in Northern Ireland in 2022 in a brutal and senseless act. Natalie was the second pregnant woman killed in December after Ailish Walsh was murdered in London. We also stand in solidarity with everyone impacted by all forms of gender based violence.
Sarah Everard – Never Again!
We know that Sarah ‘did everything right’; she walked a busy route, she made a phone call and let people know where she was going and when she was going to be home. But that didn’t stop the violent attack that cost her life. Almost 80% of women killed by men in the UK were victims of their domestic partner and were killed in their own home. Safety measures would not have protected them.
International Women’s Day: Socialist feminism, an idea for the 2020s
Women and men around the world will mark 8 March 2020 as International Women’s Day, with demonstrations, marches and celebrations. The run-up to this occasion presents an important opportunity to examine its history and discuss the necessary next steps in the fight for women’s liberation.
#IBelieveHer – ROSA statement on Ulster Rugby trial
The sexist attitudes that have dominated this trial show there is a need for special measures in order to ensure that victims of sexual violence receive justice. The example of specialised courts should be considered, as in South Africa and other countries, which provide judge and juries with training and have achieved a higher level of conviction and a less traumatic experience in court for victims of sexual violence.