Justice remains painfully scarce for Kosovo’s wartime rape survivors

CN: this article contains detailed discussion of rape, sexual violence, and war OPINION In loving memory of Arzana Kraja, who helped to bring Kosovars together to support rape survivors through her conceptualisation and design of the Anemone symbol, in collaboration with Dardan Luta. In a recent panel discussing the prosecution of war crimes during the … Continue reading Justice remains painfully scarce for Kosovo’s wartime rape survivors

‘Pimping’ girls: Vučić ally and MP investigated for sexual exploitation 

CN: this article contains brief discussion of sexual exploitation REPORT As another scandal strikes Serbian politics, this time it is former mayor and sitting member of the National Assembly, Dragan Marković, whose name is on everyone's lips for all the wrong reasons. The MP and city council president of Jagodina now faces a formal investigation … Continue reading ‘Pimping’ girls: Vučić ally and MP investigated for sexual exploitation 

Poland’s likely withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, and violence against women: an interview with Gals4Gals Łódź

PODCAST CN: this podcast episode contains discussion of homophobia, transphobia and misogyny. As Poland's government comes one step closer to achieving its stated goal of withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention, Politika News speaks to Gals4Gals Łódź. Last year, the feminist movement organised the city's largest protest since the hunger demonstrations of 1981, against the government's … Continue reading Poland’s likely withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, and violence against women: an interview with Gals4Gals Łódź

Seeking justice for Bosnia’s women: an interview with scholar, Aida Hozić

CN: this article contains discussion of sexual violence and genocide INTERVIEW A quarter of a century after the Dayton Accords were signed, the women of Bosnia are still living with the aftermath of the terrors of war. Bosnian scholars, activists and artists continue to campaign for the experiences of Bosnian women during the war of … Continue reading Seeking justice for Bosnia’s women: an interview with scholar, Aida Hozić

Telegram revenge porn scandal: police investigate as more than 50 000 men share explicit content of women and underaged girls

CN: this article contains discussion of rape, child pornography and revenge porn REPORT The Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs is currently investigating a case of mass revenge porn that has shaken Serbia and the surrounding Balkan region over the past few days. There is now increasing evidence to suggest that thousands of men have collaborated … Continue reading Telegram revenge porn scandal: police investigate as more than 50 000 men share explicit content of women and underaged girls

‘Nationalism goes hand in hand with patriarchy’: an interview with Nela Pamuković

VIDEO Nela Pamuković is the Co-Founder of the feminist, anti-militaristic non-governmental organisation, Centar Za Žene Žrtve Rata (Centre for Women War Victims) in Zagreb. The centre was founded in 1992, in response to the increasing violence against women during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. In our interview, Nela notes with a smile that the … Continue reading ‘Nationalism goes hand in hand with patriarchy’: an interview with Nela Pamuković

Interview: Polish feminist movement vows to enter Parliament and bring down far-right, Catholic government

VIDEO https://videopress.com/v/cSf9ioMN?posterUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fpolitikapolitika.files.wordpress.com%2F2021%2F02%2Fgals4gals-poster-image-2.png&preloadContent=auto As Poland's near total abortion ban now comes into effect, Politika News speaks with Wiktoria Sakowicz, a loyal activist of the rising feminist movement, Gals4Gals. Sakowicz explains why Polish women have never been more vulnerable and how the movement, responsible for the largest protests in the city of Lodz since 1981, is planning … Continue reading Interview: Polish feminist movement vows to enter Parliament and bring down far-right, Catholic government

Evil behind the curtain: Serbian actresses reveal they were raped and sexually assaulted by famous director

REPORT Image Credit: @mileena_radulovic (Instagram) While COVID-19 continues to dominate our lives, in Serbia, a new story of evil has gripped the public. A few weeks ago, well-known actress Milena Radulović revealed to Blic that her drama teacher and renowned Serbian director, Miroslav Mika Aleksić, raped her several times when she was 17. She was … Continue reading Evil behind the curtain: Serbian actresses reveal they were raped and sexually assaulted by famous director

Former far-right Vox MP investigated for sex crime

REPORT Sexual violence strikes Spanish politics again, as former far-right Vox MP, Carlos Fernández-Roca Suárez, is investigated for a sexual offence. On 13th November 2020 Fernández-Roca announced his resignation from Spain’s Parliament using a now-deleted Twitter account, following the accusation: ‘On Wednesday, after learning of the complaint made against me, I immediately and voluntarily made myself … Continue reading Former far-right Vox MP investigated for sex crime

Spain’s proposed abortion reforms: a small yet welcome step

OPINION After a court ruling in Poland imposed a near-total ban on abortions in October 2020, the pro-life versus pro-choice debate has been pushed back into the European spotlight. In Spain, a country which shares Poland's ties with Catholicism, abortion also remains a controversial political issue. Yet there is hope in Spain that more women … Continue reading Spain’s proposed abortion reforms: a small yet welcome step