Posts tagged #feminism

Ihlara McIndoe: Playing Sardines, Civil Society Style.

The level of chaos in the hallways at the UN falls somewhere between a high-school corridor during the rush between classes, and the zoo stand at the Dunedin Forsyth Barr stadium. To start with, every time I went to a civil society session, I felt like we were playing a very heated, very loud, very political, and very exhausting game of sardines.

Posted on March 23, 2018 and filed under CSW62 2018.

Ihlara McIndoe: A Feminist Playlist To Take Me To CSW

It is clear that popular music plays an integral role in the reflection, and shaping of society. It is arguably one of the farthest reaching forms of disseminating information, whether that information is about love or friendship or politics or society or simply dancing at a club. Everyone has heard a piece of music that they have connected with, understood the message on a personal level, or been inspired by. Throughout my journey to New York I will be tapping my toes to Shania, I’ll be tempted to sing along with Aretha, I’ll feel like a boss listening to Beyoncé, I’ll be inspired by Pussy Riot and Madame Gandhi and the rest of the kick-ass women who feature on my playlist. My taste of music may have changed, but I cannot deny the important role these artists have played in my life. In the words of Queen B, “Who run the world? Girls”. 

Posted on March 7, 2018 and filed under CSW62 2018.

Ihlara McIndoe: Confidence in Menstruation - A Marathon of an Effort.

Menstruation is not a new, outrageous, unheard of concept - women have been doing it since...well...forever. But a stigma around menstruation and the discussion of it still exists, and has extremely negative impacts on women and girls worldwide. It is vital for the feminist cause that society loses the stigma surrounding menstruation, as it creates shame about femininity. We need to be able to talk about menstruation without feeling embarrassed or ashamed. We need to identify access to menstrual products as a basic human right for all girls and women. And we need to be proud of the bleedin’ cool things women’s bodies can do.

Posted on May 22, 2016 and filed under Women Deliver 2016.

Suzy McKinney: We don't live in a post-feminist era

Although I am absolutely certain that the ethical argument for promoting the rights of girls and women simply on the basis of respect for human rights can stand alone, this conference is not about promoting the rights of girls and women purely for the sake of equality being a generally nice and desirable thing.

Posted on May 17, 2016 and filed under Women Deliver 2016.