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Separate but Equal? Gender Segregation in UK Schools

Claire McCann 16th October 2017

In HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills v Al-Hijrah School, the UK Court of Appeal has concluded that sex segregation in education is discriminatory. Al-Hijrah school is a voluntary aided co-educational Islamic faith school in Birmingham which teaches children aged 4 to 16.  From the age of 9, boys and girls are […]

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Slavery & Casteism in India: No Road to Freedom?

Swagat Baruah 9th October 2017

Modern slavery continues to be a significant problem, even in 2017. There are 46 million people around the world today who live in slavery, and 18 million (39%) of them are in India. Although these numbers are shocking, the fact that there is such high prevalence of slavery in India isn’t. Slavery in India is […]

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Gender Equality in China

Jason Hung 9th September 2017

Confucianism has been regarded as a nationwide paradigm in China for over two millennia. Susan Greenhalgh (1985) argues that, “Traditional Confucian China evolved some of the most patriarchal family systems that ever existed.” In recent times, however, legislative progress and a change in attitudes are starting to displace this patriarchy.   In the 1990s, China […]

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Battling for Equality: Recognizing Civil Service Benefits in Same-sex Marriages

Lillian Li 29th August 2017

The struggle for LGBTQ rights remains an embryonic fight in Asia, waiting to be further developed through advocacy and legal change, amidst vocal opponents demanding the preservation of conservative values and traditions. However, the courts of Taiwan and Hong Kong have shown that greater recognition can be achieved, and former laws interpreted beyond their conservative […]

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