The Burqa, Blame and Britain

The burqa is a curious creature. In society it is the cause of much debate. From protests for a women’s right to choose her clothing to riots on the streets in Paris due to the country’s banning of wearing the garment in public, it is both highly traditional yet also highly, highly controversial. As covered here on Hot For Writing recently, the recent rioting in France raised a serious question with regards human rights, namely whether the citizens of France have... Read More

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

‘Baby Boxes’ Spread Across Europe

The Guardian this week reports that the United Nations is increasingly concerned at the spread of ‘baby boxes’ in Europe – hatches where unwanted newborn babies can be secretly abandoned by their parents. According to The Guardian, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has warned that: ‘The practice [of abandoning unwanted children in these boxes] contravenes the right of the child to be known and cared for by his or her parents.’ The committee... Read More

Twitter Abuse and Freedom of Speech

The last two weeks have seen several high profile female journalists and MPs receive rape and death threats on Twitter, mostly from anonymous users and profiles. This news – obviously enough to make headlines on its own – coupled with the women’s refusal to ignore the abuse, has led to a campaign for a reporting system to be embedded within the Twitter platform, with the aim of logging and punish those using the platform to troll or abuse. Whilst this may seem... Read More

France’s Burqa Ban: Further Controversy

In 2009, 240 inhabitants of a suburban area of Paris were arrested for airing their grievances against high unemployment rates for minorities and France’s failing policies around immigrant integration. This month, Parisians have once again taken to the streets in protest against these issues, this time with their protests stemming from alleged heavy-handed enforcement of France’s controversial ‘burqa ban.’ The ‘burqa ban’ came into force in... Read More

Abortion Laws Hit the Headlines in Ireland and the US

Proposed changes to abortion laws have dominated the press again in recent weeks, with much of the American and political press focusing in particular on Texas State Senator Wendy Davis and her stand against proposed changes to Texas law that would have seen access to legal abortions in the state significantly restricted. Davis came to the fore in the world’s media for staging a mammoth feat to prevent the bill, which would have closed almost all abortion clinics in Texas,... Read More

Girlguiding UK Drop God from Promise

So, girls joining Brownies and Guides in the UK will from September no longer have to pledge their devotion to God. The move comes after a consultation found that Girlguiding UK required a new promise to more explicitly include girls of non-Christian faiths or those who are non-religious. The current Girlguiding UK promise sees girls vow to ‘love my God, to serve my Queen and my country’, whereas the new promise – which will be adopted across the organisation... Read More