As the current mandate of the UN Peacekeeping mission comes to an end on March 31st, and the Security Council needs to decide what to do with its longest and most expensive mission ever, violence is quickly escalating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). President Joseph Kabila is in the seventh year of a five-year term, and has been finding excuses to postpone the elections since late 2016. In the meantime, there are over 120 rebel groups operating in the mineral-rich eastern part of the country, and more than 4.5 million people are displaced from their homes.

Do your feminist homework with the Aarhus Feminist Reading group

The Aarhus Feminist Reading group. Picture by Amira Mortada

A reading group in Aarhus is trying to start interesting conversations using feminist texts and building a safe space for discussion about this still-controversial issue. One of our reporters got a chance to attend a reading session and talk to Sophia Kier-Byfield, the initiator of the reading group. Tune in to listen to how the group started, what a reading group session looks like, and the kind of feminism they want to associate with.

The Equality for All workshop – March 8

Next Reading Group meeting – March 11

Aarhus Feminist Reading Group on Facebook

The banality of evil: A German rap song addresses everyday racism

©Robert Eikelpoth

Beate Zschäpe, Günter Grass, Holger Apfel – and the list goes on: Published in 2014, the song “Beate Zschäpe hört U2” (Beate Zschäpe listens to U2) mentions not only the German extremist but also politicians and artists who expressed antisemitic or racist thoughts. It also stresses the everyday phenomenon of xenophobia: It is Max Mustermann (the German equivalent to John Doe), who attacks a refugee camp in the song.




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