Half of the Votes; None of the Representation

Surely the duty of a representative democracy is to represent its people. For many living in a democratic country, it’s obvious that when the election is nearing, all a candidate needs is the citizenship and a certain age. They can…

The Ten Most Liberal Countries in Asia

In our previous articles, we at Libel have presented top ten lists of different regions around the world, such as Africa and Latin America. Now it’s Asia’s turn. The biggest continent by both landmass and population is home to various…

Menstruation – Why Should Men Care?

May 28th was Menstrual Hygiene Day, which aims to, for example, raise awareness about menstruation and the need of proper hygiene around it. The other important mission of the day is to break taboos and negative stigma regarding menstruation. And…

Backlash Against Feminism

Since the 19th century, Feminism has achieved many of its goals, including women’s suffrage, greater access to education, the right to initiate divorce proceedings, women’s right to own property, the freedom to plan their families and so on. While these…

The Ten Most Liberal Countries in Latin America

Latin America is a paradox. It is the only region in which democratic governments and high poverty levels go together. Right behind North America and Western Europe, the Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy Index claims Latin America to be the third…

One Step Forward And Five Backward: A New Indonesian Penal Code

Since the finalization of Indonesia’s new criminal bill, headlines like “Indonesia: Draft Criminal Code Disastrous for Rights”, “Indonesia protests over sex before marriage bill”, and “Indonesian couple fear pre-marital sex ban will make them criminals” have been the center of…

Why the U.S. Should Focus on Alternatives to Women’s Incarceration

Women are being incarcerated at an alarming rate in the U.S. and presently constitute 7% of the entire inmate population. Over the past two decades, in particular, the number of women incarcerated has increased by almost 800%. When attempting to…

Laura’s Blog #11: Female Leadership Programme and IFLRY GA

Meet Laura Fagerlund. Laura is a Vice President of IFLRY and a Council member of the Swedish Youth of Finland. She is currently living in South Africa, where she is doing an internship with the main opposition party, the Democratic…

Ida’s Blog #3: Space politics and gender equality

Hi there, and welcome to my third blog post! I just want to start by saying what a weekend! Even though Mondays are not normally my favourite day of the week (does anyone really like Mondays?), I have found myself…