Gender Violence

Privilege, Entitlement and Honour : hierarchies of age, gender, …?

Privilege, Entitlement and Honour : hierarchies of age, gender, …?

Men are sitting on the floor, plates in front of them. They talk easily among themselves, barely acknowledging the presence of the young unmarried women who move around the group,…

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An Unlikely Pair

An Unlikely Pair

The stories of two women, and what they teach us.  At the heart of the Joseph narrative in Genesis (38, 39) we find the stories of an unexpected pair of…

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Rites of healing

Rites of healing

I have been moved reading the article Figure 1. Tradition would dictate that these women, now impure and therefore a threat to the purity of the community (many carried babies…

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The Hidden Half

The Hidden Half

The Hidden Half By Stuart Robinson CHI-Books 2017 Reviewed by Moyra Dale Stuart Robinson states that he spent fourteen years in South Asia and since then has continued to travel…

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Dhikr: in the heart of faith

Dhikr: in the heart of faith

Constance Padwick, introducing her classic book Muslim Devotions, commented, “In Islam, as in any other faith, a stranger desiring not to remain a stranger could best feel the pulsing life…

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The invisible face of war and conflict

The invisible face of war and conflict

Thirteen tables groups each worked on the profile of a refugee at a gathering I was recently attending. Only two of those thirteen groups profiled a woman. This does not…

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Women’s Shame – 2

Women’s Shame – 2

In the last post we discussed how shame (and blame) is often ascribed more to women, including in situations of crisis or violence. Rather than avoidance or even private counselling,…

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Women’s Shame – 1

Women’s Shame – 1

It has been good to see further discussion in western journals and books on the subject of shame and honour in the past few years. We welcome the recognition of…

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Scars Across Humanity

Scars Across Humanity

  Title of Book: Scars Across Humanity, Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women Author: Elaine Storkey Publisher/Year: SPCK, 2015 Review by: Cathy Ross   This book is a must-read for…

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