Ruby Hamad

Abolishing these seven laws will make the world better for women

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Ruby Hamad Twenty years ago, 189 countries pledged to repeal all laws that discriminate against women. Needless to say, we are not there yet.

The irrational fear that drives underage marriage

Mustafa Abdel Ghany at Bankstown Local Court on February 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

Ruby Hamad Until women are regarded as more valuable than their virginity, cases like Mustafa Abdel-Ghany's will continue.


Why do famous people of colour get 'blackballed'?


Ruby Hamad "The blacklisting, the name-calling, the jokes - they all show the pretense of an 'inclusive' Hollywood to be just that.

Is foreign travel just another form of exploitation?


Ruby Hamad It certainly seems like it on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, writes Ruby Hamad.

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Rebecca Hannibal should not be charged for Georgina Bartter's ecstasy death

Fatal reaction: Georgina Bartter.

Ruby Hamad Going after a teen girl because she and her best friend popped pills at a music festival is going to achieve very little.

Male entitlement

Male sexual entitlement is killing women

Ben Moynihan was found guilty of stabbing three women.

Ruby Hamad Far too many men grow up thinking they are owed sex.

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Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are the consequences of a hopelessly skewed society

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Ruby Hamad We glamourise a certain way of life, but punitively punishing those who go to extreme lengths to attain it.

What this ad tells us about the state of racism today

The one and a half minute Jeep commercial that premiered during Sunday's Super Bowl features the usual sweeping shots of diverse landscapes, and equally diverse people.

Ruby Hamad Hint: it’s good news.

Real reformers?

Why it's dangerous to separate powerful men from the oppressive regimes they lead

Pope Francis.

Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad on the myth of Pope Francis and King Abdullah as advocates for women.

Michelle Obama's headscarf-free Saudi Arabia appearance is no 'political statement'

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz at Riyadh airport.

Ruby Hamad Foreign dignitaries have done the same in the past. So why the big deal about Michelle Obama?


When the achievements of women get credited to men


Ruby Hamad In a new interview, Bjork revealed the extent to which her work has been credited to men. 'Bropropriation' - it's a travesty that's gone on throughout history.

Racist words

Seven words you didn't know were racist

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Ruby Hamad Common terms that have super offensive origins.

Malaysian girls threatened with jail time for hugging K-pop stars

B1A4 perform on July 24, 2014.

Ruby Hamad Why B1A4's fan meeting controversy is about so much more than strict indecency laws.


#OscarsSoWhite: Where are all the people of colour in 2015 Oscar nominations?


Ruby Hamad Why we should care about the backlash on Oscar's all-white nominees list.

Freedom shouldn't be the exclusive domain of white people

Blogger Raif Badawi

Ruby Hamad Progressive Muslims like blogger Raif Badawi need the support, not the mockery, of the west.

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What reactions to Sia's music video say about us

The video for Elastic Heart directed by Sia and Daniel Askill, features actor Shia LaBeouf and her regular stand-in Maddie Ziegler.

Ruby Hamad Once again, we find ourselves in one of those all or nothing debates.

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On Phylicia Rashad’s defence of Bill Cosby: sometimes the hero is the villain

Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable and Phylicia Rashad as his wife Claire on The Cosby Show.

Ruby Hamad If the Bill Cosby saga tells us anything, it’s that sometimes, our hero is the villain.

Abortion stories

Why it's so important to share our abortion stories

Ruby Hamad New research shows that when it comes to countering the growing anti-abortion sentiment in Australia, women's personal stories will make a vital difference.

2015: looking ahead

What would a dream 2015 look like for Australian women?


Ruby Hamad Some important, concrete steps we can take to lay the groundwork for what will hopefully be a powerful year.

Police brutality

Why it's essential to remember black female victims of police brutality


Ruby Hamad "What recent cases demonstrate is that age, gender, and non-criminality is no safeguard from the danger of being killed or brutalised while black."