By Jessica Sutton. Women without children have been called a lot of things: incomplete, tragic, unfulfilled. But more and more women are rejecting these labels to embrace the decision not to become pregnant or have children. Being child-free, or voluntarily childless, came into the public eye in the 1990s as a response to the label … Continue reading The Child-Free Revolution: Why Motherhood Isn’t For Everyone
By Patrick McTague and Jessica Sutton. “What’s in a name?”An innocuous question posed by Shakespeare about a rose (or a boy). But if you ask the Japanese activists fighting to give women the right to keep their own name after marriage, they will tell you that a lot is in a name. In Japan last … Continue reading What’s in a Name? The Fight for Women’s Identity
By Jessica Sutton and Patrick McTague. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Poland in protest since Thursday 22nd October. The country’s constitutional tribunal ruled that abortion in the case where a foetus is diagnosed with a serious and irreversible birth defect is unconstitutional. These cases account for 98% of the … Continue reading Unrest in Poland: More Attacks to Abortion Rights
By Jessica Sutton and Patrick McTague. The 2020 New Zealand election season is almost over. To date over 1.1 million early votes have been cast. And as always, major and minor political parties alike have released policies demonstrating their vision for infrastructure, energy, climate, welfare, and beyond. Yet, what we don’t tend to see in … Continue reading Promises, Promises: How Will New Zealand Political Parties Address Gender Equality?
By Shazia Gazi. Edited by Jessica Sutton. Last week, I wrote a letter to my nani. She died a few years ago but I wanted her to be my audience. I wanted to tell her about the apocalyptic dream that we're living in right now, and how I’m secretly glad that she and nana are … Continue reading Dreams in a World of Inequality
As part of She’s Right’s participation in 16 days of activism to end violence against women, each article will be dedicated to a New Zealand woman who has lost her life due to gender-based violence. This article is dedicated to Taylor-Jade Hira, killed by a man on 18 August 2019, at the age of 22. … Continue reading Side Effects May Vary
By Amjad Bouchelaghem, Algeria. Translated from French by Jessica Sutton. When I turned 20, spirituality reached a peak in my life. The importance of my religious beliefs had never before been as strong. I had arrived at a point on my journey where God, my spirituality, my beliefs, were above everything else in my life. … Continue reading My Hijab, My Choice