Women as Both Victims and Perpetrators of Violence in War and Peace

Women are often associated with peace and reconciliation and men with war and violence. However, these stereotypes tend to overlook the role women play as perpetrators of violence and sexual abuses during wartime, since they are more commonly perceived as vulnerable civilians. Rebecca Solnit, in her work “Men Explain Things to Me”, highlighted that patriarchal […]

Violence Against Women in Switzerland and Techniques to Empower Victims

This article analyzes the various conditions women face in Switzerland, and how the work of the Centre LAVI (Loi sur l’Aide aux Victimes d’Infraction) is instrumental in helping them. During a recent interview in Geneva, Muriel Golay’s, director of Centre LAVI, was generous enough to share her views of possible solutions within the framework of […]

A discussion with Judy Godfrey of ‘La Cimade’ on how to support female migrants

Female migrants face a double disadvantage due to both their gender and their status. Learning the host country’s language and finding a job are two crucial elements to integration for all migrants. However, migrant women are often hampered in this process due to family obligations. Current policies focusing on migrant women’s economic, social, and health-related […]

How does the age of surveillance strengthen gender inequalities and shape women’s online and offline behaviour?

This article is the second part of a two-part article focusing on the impacts of online and offline surveillance of women’s behaviour, and how it is influenced by technology. Gender in public and private spheres The dichotomy between public and private highlights the blatant inequalities that women face. It is worth considering how these two […]

Muslim Women in Europe: how do they intervene in the public space?

In this articles, Sarah Haddjeri examines the way the feeling of fear has invaded public spaces in Europe and how it has contributed to ostracize Muslim women. Despite political resolutions to promote equal opportunities, Muslim women are excluded from most of debates and decisions about their body and appearance. Yet, they try to find alternatives to empower themselves.