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A feminist foreign policy

Sweden is the first county in the world to champion a feminist foreign policy. The country has a population of 10 million people and is one of Europe’s biggest donors of foreign aid. It is also among the top five...

Positive action in Labour

In 1992, the number of Labour women MPs hit a new high of 37. Some people were very happy. But some were also disgusted. The huge effort put in after 1987 had only resulted in a negligible increase from 21....

A new deal for gender

This essay was first published on January 21 2016. There’s often scepticism about whether promises of localism made in opposition will be delivered once in power. This time, it turns out the Conservatives really meant it. Following the announcement of the...

In search of gender parity

Equality issues are front page news again today, but for all the wrong reasons. A male tennis tournament organiser suggested female tennis players should get “down on their knees and thank men” and Novak Djokovic questioned equal prize money in...

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