A Handful of Ash: Challenging FGM in Kurdistan

Female genital mutilation is a practice that has thrived despite its taboo status. A seemingly global inability to discuss a personal and harrowing practise that is prevalent in many parts of the world is without question endangering the lives of children and our misunderstanding of the subject is creating a dangerous legacy of female oppression. But one group of film makers and activists have now started the conversation about female genital mutilation (FGM), in Kurdistan,... Read More

2012 for Women: The Good

Following on from the last post here at Hot For Writing – which looked at some of the negative stories about women that made headlines in 2012 – it’s time to take a look at some of the positives, of which there were actually lots. Much better! London 2012 I don’t think anyone could really have predicted the pride and euphoria that swept the UK (if not the world) this summer and – looking at Team GB and Paralympics GB alone, the achievements... Read More

2012 for Women: The Bad

As we enter 2013 a lot of people – as is tradition in January – are taking time to make resolutions, take stock and reflect on the past twelve months. So I thought it might be an idea to do that here at Hot For Writing too – to take a look back at the past year and the stories that 2012 brought us, both good and bad. I always like to end on a positive where possible and – seeing as covering both the good and bad in one article would make for the world’s... Read More

Indian Village Bans Unmarried Women From Using Mobile Phones

An Indian village has banned unmarried women from using mobile phones. The reason? Village elders fear that unmarried women will use mobile phones to arrange their own marriages behind their father’s backs. Yeah. I’m not kidding. The Lank village council has decided that unmarried men can use mobile phones only under parental supervision, whilst unmarried women face a blanket ban on their use. Local womens’ rights groups have criticized the measure as backward... Read More

Japanese Surname Law Faces Legal Challenge

Five people in Japan are reportedly preparing an unprecedented legal challenge against the Japanese government. Why? They claim that a civil law forcing them to choose a single surname after marriage violates their constitutional rights. If they succeed, married men and women in Japan will for the first time be able to retain their own surnames, removing one of Japan’s few remaining legal obstacles to gender equality. In the vast majority of cases in Japan, women are required... Read More

Study Highlights Dangers of Overseas IVF Treatment

A global survey of fertility treatment covering more than 100 countries has revealed wide variations in international laws governing IVF treatment which, it claims, are fuelling the growth of ‘fertility tourism.’ At least 10,000 people go abroad each year to seek help with having a baby – often because laws in their home country are too restrictive or the cost of treatment is too high. The Independent covered this story earlier in the year, with Jeremy Laurence discussing... Read More

More Hot Writing

As well as looking after Hot For Writing, I sometimes occasionally write for other media outlets. Below are links to a selection of recently-published articles I’ve written for other sites – click on the links through to check them out. Zelda Lily: Want to be a Chinese City Warden? You’d Better be a Hottie. Zelda Lily: Girl Ages 10 Gives Birth to Healthy Baby in Spain Zelda Lily: Celeb Mums Who Lose Weight Quickly After Birth ‘Put Immense Pressure on Ordinary Women’ Zelda... Read More