Refugee parenting

For these women in Lebanon, going to mothers' group is truly a lifeline

Ruby Hamad "We are in difficult situations. We can't even go back to where we came from, and these hard circumstances of make things worse for our kids."

Late bloomers

The anxiety-inducing pressure to be professionally accomplished at a young age


Ruby Hamad "There is time in a long life to try many different things. It's OK to take your time," Ruby Hamad writes.

Sex and shame

Why did a priest equate the 'sin' of a woman's adultery with paedophilia?

Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad examines the link between child sex abuse and the demonisation of women's sexuality.

60 Minutes

The role of white privilege in the 60 Minutes kidnapping saga

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Ruby Hamad What made these journalists think they could do this, and get away with it? Ruby Hamad thinks western entitlement played a part.

Right to choose

Hillary Clinton is wrong: You cannot be a feminist and 'pro-life'

Ruby Hamad Feminism is a broad church, one in which we disagree on many issues. But this is one thing on which we must agree, writes Ruby Hamad.

Everyday racism

If having two non-white Logie nominees has caused such a stir, what would real equality provoke?

Nominees for the 2016 TV Week Gold Logie: (l-r) Carrie Bickmore, Essie Davis, Grant Denyer, Scott Cam, Lee Lin Chin and Waleed Aly.

Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad on what the Logies brouhaha tells about Australia's underlying racism.

Remembering Srebrenica

What the Srebrenica Massacre verdict reminds us about religion's role in terrorism

Ruby Hamad So accustomed are we to seeing today's conflicts framed as the West versus Islam, we easily overlook the real nature of war and terror, writes Ruby Hamad.

Ruby Hamad

Why jail time alone won't stop female genital mutilation

Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri arrives for sentencing in Australia's first genital mutilation trial on March 18, 2016

Ruby Hamad To put an end to this ugly crime, we need to understand the context in which it occurs.

Ruby Hamad

The grief of returning to Lebanon in the wake of Syria's civil war

A refugee child fled from the unrest in Syria to the Akkar district in north Beirut, Lebanon.

Ruby Hamad "I have returned to Lebanon for the first time since my family fled the civil war in 1977 to meet people trapped in a predicament that could just as well have been my own," writes Ruby Hamad.

All About Women

Why do so few men turn up to hear women speak?

Orange Is The New Black author Piper Kerman in conversation with Jane Caro.

Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad chaired two sessions at Sydney Opera House's 'All About Women' festival on Sunday, and she was dismayed by the absence of men the crowd.

Migrant women

The challenge of balancing loyalty and independence as a migrant woman

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Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad on the difficult task of opening up a space within migrant communities for women to find autonomy and voice dissent.

Misogyny undercurrent

What the women we love to hate tell us about unconscious misogyny

Baby boy for Kim Kardashian.

Ruby Hamad Not only will very few people admit to to hating women, many of those who do so don't even realise it, writes Ruby Hamad.

White male narrative

Why 'white saviour' stories are past their use-by date

FILE - In this 1962 file photo originally released by Universal, actor Gregory Peck is shown as attorney Atticus Finch, a small-town Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape, in a scene from

Ruby Hamad Stories like 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and '12 Angry Men' no longer hold a mirror to society, writes Ruby Hamad.

Ruby Hamad

Are smarter people less racist?

Ruby Hamad For some time, researchers have thought so. But a new study indicates it's not so simple, writes Ruby Hamad.

Australia Day

Why are people still 'proud' of the British empire and its colonial legacy?

Captain Cook statue, Hyde Park, Sydney+

Ruby Hamad You cannot divorce the success of British colonialism from its atrocities, writes Ruby Hamad.

Feminist politics

The definitive ranking of feminist issues, according to the government

Malcolm Turnbull has slammed the leak of a photo of the public servant at the centre of Jamie Briggs' resignation.

Ruby Hamad Nine feminist issues ranked in descending order of importance to the Australian government.

Operation Boomerang

How the Australia Day lamb ad contributes to everyday cultural erasure

Ruby Hamad No national holiday can be a cause for unbridled celebration when it hinges on erasing the reality of a violent past.

Vegan ethics

When is being vegan no longer about ethical living?

Ruby Hamad Unfortunately, "vegan celebrity" Durian Rider's toxic views on DV are just the tip of the iceberg of ill-informed, dangerous attitudes prevalent amongst the movement.

Blackface Xmas

What does the appearance of 'Black Pete' in Canberra say about Australian racism?

Musicians blacked up as 'Zwarte Piet' for Christmas in the Netherlands.

Ruby Hamad Christmas is upon us - and to mark the occasion the Dutch Embassy employed three men in blackface to hand out gifts to children.

Feminist globe

Feminism is still happening where you least expect it

Yazidi refugees in Syria celebrate after hearing that Islamic State militants have been driven out of Sinjar.

Ruby Hamad It's been a remarkable year for feminism - in Australia and globally. Here are some examples of feminism happening in far-flung places you least expect it.