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Feminism is the radical notion that women are people

MODERN FEMINISM

MEDIA FEMINISM

Because there isn’t any better medium to popularise feminism.

ECO FEMINISM

Females are humans – a fact we tend to brush aside, and they have an equally important role in the natural world.

DIVISION OF DOMESTIC LABOR

No matter what the task, equal responsibility has to shouldered by everyone involved.

SOCIAL INEQUALITY

It’s time to shrug this age-old burden off our shoulders!

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Being tagged as the ‘weaker sex’ doesn’t mean women are bound to be subjected to violence.

LIBERAL FEMINISM

Your choices and steps have the fire to keep equality burning!

CULTURAL FEMINISM

Feminism is not merely equality amongst the sexes, but also among races and cultures.

STARS ON EMBRACING FEMINISM AND EMPOWERING WOMEN

 

We need role models; we need women who can show us that we’re unstoppable and nothing is beyond our reach.

I will vouch for, and raise my voice for equality every time I see injustice being meted out – for the rest of my life.

 Uzo Aduba

I think I was always a feminist; it’s just that now I’ve become more aware of it. And of course, this awareness was vital to my public acceptance of being a feminist.

Praticia Arquette

It’s past time that we get our dues – our share which we were being kept away from since ages. Now the time has come.

Beyonce

LATEST POST

Things to know about the right to protest and how to do it safely

Everyone has the right to protest. If you disagree to something and if you have people agreeing with your theory and if you can gather a bunch of people to protest against it, you are ready to protest against something. As easy as it may sound, it is that hard. There are some things you should about protesting against something. Some of them are:

  • Freedom of expression is a fundamental right protected under the Human Rights Act and under British common law.
  • Any restrictions must always be set out in law and be proportionate.
  • Freedom of expression can be limited and in particular does not protect statements that discriminate against harass, or incite violence or hatred against, other persons and groups, particularly by reference to their race, religious belief, gender or sexual orientation.
  • No one can rely on the human right to freedom of expression to limit or undermine the human rights of others.
  • It is nonetheless an offense to stir up hatred on racial or religious grounds or on the ground of sexual orientation. Offensive or insulting language may also constitute harassment.

These are some of the many things that you should consider before protesting against something. The next question that arises in your mind is how to protest safely. We have all seen many protests go wrong, where many people end up getting beat up. Here are some things that might give you an idea of how to do it safely.

Know Your Rights

The first and foremost thing to consider before doing anything related to anything is doing appropriate research about it. In this case, you should be well aware of your rights. You should be aware of what rights you do and don’t have. For instance, many people misinterpret their first amendment right to assembly. It allows them to gather anywhere they wish, but in reality, it limits the government or any other agents of the state from infringing on peaceful assembly in public places. However, people tend to forget the fact that it is very easy to inadvertently walk from a public place to a private one and easily find yourself in trouble.

Things to Pack for a Protest

You never know what might happen in a protest. You need to make sure that you carry IDs that identify you and any permits that might be required. Some of the things that you should be keeping in your backpack are first-aid kits, any essential medication that you constantly require, personal hygiene accessories, stationery items like pens, papers, markers and so on.

Be Quick and Smart

When you are involved in a protest, make sure that you think on your feet and be smart to know where to be and when. You should know when to stay and know when to leave. Try your best to not be involved at any stupid scuffles that might break out during the protest.

Countries around the world revoking freedom of assembly

Spain

The Spanish government on March 26, ended the freedom of assembly without much fanfare or attention. It had faced major opposition. Almost 80 of Spaniards oppose it. Under this provision, police will have the ability to hand out fines up to $650,000 to unauthorised demonstrators who protest near a transport hub or a nuclear power plant. They are allowed to issue fines of up to $30,000 for taking pictures of police during protest. The law doesn’t technically outlaw protest, but it’s hard to see what difference that makes in practice. Spain is the latest “democracy” to consign freedom of assembly. It is a very pitiable state today as the government’s default response to anything is to implement draconian laws against the public exercise of democracy.

Quebec

In Quebec, student strikes are a regular thing. These strikes tend to disrupt civil society. When this became very frequent, marches were declared illegal before they even began. In 2012, the Quebec legislature passed Bill 78, which made unauthorised gatherings of over 50 people illegal and punished violations with fines of up to $5,000 for individuals and $125,000 for organizations.

Turkey

In Turkey, a law was passed which allowed police to search demonstrators and their homes without warrants or even grounds for suspicion, allowing for a much looser definitions for resisting arrest. It also led to harsher punishment for resisting arrest or shouting particular slogans crimes punishable by years in prison.

The list goes on. For instance, France banned Palestine solidarity demonstrations; police in Australia gained the power to protestors from appearing in public spaces for a year; Egypt, Ukraine and Russia’s governments have outlawed protests entirely. All of this happened in 2014.

The United States isn’t doing anything better. In Baltimore many many people who protested against Gray’s death were held without charges for 48 hours. Almost dozens of people were crammed into cells designed for one or two people and no one was allowed amenities like phone calls, blankets, pillows, etc. In 2012, protesting near government buildings, political conventions, etc. was declared a federal crime.

Police forces were armed with machine guns, specifically to monitor protests and sought to turn resisting arrest into a felony.

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