Life Continues After

Catriona Louise is a recent KCL graduate who runs the project “Life Continues After”, a communal online space for survivors of sexual assault and a soon to be podcast. Translator Mariana Dongo-Soria a is a second year History student who loves to write creatively, dance passionately, and dodge pigeons consistently. TW: sexual assault — It will be…

The Sex Buyer Law: Choice, Voice and Violence

Hannah Bondi is the outgoing Editor-in-Chief of Breaking the Glass Ceiling. The global sex industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The sex industry could be seen as consisting in a range of businesses providing sex products, services (prostitution) and adult entertainment (pornography). However, if we were to understand the real…

Anonymous; Malalai Kakar

Isabel Jess is author of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s Anonymous series. “For most of history, anonymous was a woman” – Virginia Woolf Recognising Overlooked or Forgotten Voices in History Malalai Kakar was shot dead by the Taliban on September 28th in 2008. I begin with her death as it is an embodiment of the way…

The Female ‘Moral Criminals’ of Afghanistan’s Prisons

Shirin Shamloo is a third year English Literature student. She is passionate about issues of women’s health, human rights and social justice. Women in Afghanistan are convicted of and imprisoned for “moral crimes” more and more frequently every year. These women can be convicted of any form of “zina“, or sexual relations outside of legal…

Selling Arms is a Feminist Issue

Laura Le Ray is a second-year student in International Relations, particularly interested in women in wartime and political psychology. Her hobbies include boxing, writing and learning languages. Because “women’s rights have been hijacked for the purposes of liberal interventionists,”[1] Because selling arms is not a trade action like another, Because selling arms should not be…

Let’s Not Forget Ahed

Pooja Sajanani is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. It is 4 in the morning and you are asleep in your bed. 30 armed soldiers enter your home and start ransacking everything. They confiscate all the mobile phones and electronic devices in the house, assault your family members and arrest you. Not because…

Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Hospitality/Service Industry

Sophie Perry is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo campaign, discussions of sexual harassment and assault are more prevalent than ever. While the Weinstein scandal has revealed the sheer volume of sexual assault and abuse that takes place behind the gilded doors…

Are Women Treated Unfairly in the Prison System?

Molly Lindsey is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. Proposing an uprooting of the entire system, Frances Cook (pictured below), the CEO of Howard League for Penal Reform, calls the women’s prison estate a ‘scar on the nation’.  In an article written by Crook herself, the reform advocate suggests that “Only those people…

The Refugee Crisis and the Women Left Behind

Leah Olasehinde is one of Breaking the Glass Ceiling’s regular contributors. In 2016, the United Nations Refugee Agency[1] estimated that there were 65.6 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. They may be displaced from their homes through war, persecution, poverty, or environmental disasters. Of this 65.6 million, 22.5 million are classed as ‘refugees’. The others may…

FGM: How to Handle One of the Biggest Human Rights Violations

Hannah Bondi is Editor-in-Chief of Breaking the Glass Ceiling. Winner of the KCL Human Writes Journal best contribution for 2017. A Discussion with Dexter Dias QC Female Genital Mutilation, or FGM, is one of the biggest human rights violations facing the world today. The process itself is a gruesome one.  A girl’s genitals are deliberately…

Rape: The Greatest Weapon of War

We should be careful not to adopt the gender-biased assumptions of traditional IR theorists who systematically categorize women as the victims, and men as the perpetrators of state violence. Indeed, women can also be the perpetrators of state violence. The former Government Minister for Women and the Family, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, has for example not only facilitated the massacre of Tutsis in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, but has also ordered and directed rapes and killings with the final aim of wiping out the Tutsi population.

The Global War on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Written by Liza Kinnear, a Russian/Scottish third year law student.  Donald Trump’s rise to power in the United States, amongst other atrocious consequences, signifies a very real threat to women’s rights. I speak specifically of a woman’s right to control her own body and reproductive health. Only a few weeks into his presidency, it has…