Qatar to host World Cup despite appalling human rights record

First published on Mint Press News on 27/6/16   Recently, Qatar jailed a Dutch tourist for having sex after she reported her rape. The case revealed to the West how rape victims are treated in Qatar. As Qatar will be the host of the 2022 World Cup, this raises the question of the risks faced byContinue reading “Qatar to host World Cup despite appalling human rights record”

Vote remain: how EU human, women’s and labour rights protect us from the Tories

  While the Brexit vs Bremain debate has been- and will continue to be- argued and analysed to death, one very important issue has escaped mainstream attention: human rights. The EU’s European Court of Justice, its laws and its Charter of Fundamental Rights safeguards our human rights more than the European Court of Human Rights.Continue reading “Vote remain: how EU human, women’s and labour rights protect us from the Tories”

Families, minority communities and social workers: how antidiscrimination and labour rights for social workers can help families

In current UK practice, families are often matched with social workers and case workers who can best understand them. This means that, ideally, queer social services clients are matched with queer social workers, and minority clients with minority social workers, and so on. But there isn’t really a “so on” because that’s where it stops.Continue reading “Families, minority communities and social workers: how antidiscrimination and labour rights for social workers can help families”

Radical feminism and pornography

Why is it that radical feminists assume all pornography is made by men, for men ? Because that is the assumption on which their assertion that porn is degrading, sexist, and damaging to women rests. Even sex-positive/liberal feminists often find themselves arguing that this isn’t necessarily the case, or that porn can be co-opted forContinue reading “Radical feminism and pornography”