Ruby Hamad

Women of colour who are fighting oppression with rap

Ana Tijoux performs onstage during The Grammy Awards premiere ceremony earlier this year.

Ruby Hamad What they choose to rap about may surprise some in The West.

Ruby Hamad

Why are we shamed for sending aid to Syrian war victims?

Julie Bishop

Ruby Hamad Julie Bishops' 'terrorists' picnic' comment suggests there's no such thing as an innocent Arab.

Humans of New York

There is a right way to give a voice to the impoverished

Syeda Ghulam Fatima, who has spent her life fighting against the use of bonded labor.

Ruby Hamad Why Ruby Hamad has changed her mind on Humans of New York.

Scientific sexism

When evolutionary science is used to justify sexism

Looking to the unimaginably distant past to explain very modern problems.

Ruby Hamad Looking to the unimaginably distant past to explain very modern problems.

Pro-gay propaganda

How Israel is taking advantage of its pro-gay image

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Participants wear rainbow flag take part in the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade 2014 in Israel on September 18, 2014. Over 500 people attended the gay pride parade in Jerusalem and marched to Independence Park from Gan HaPa'amon (Bell Park). (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ruby Hamad When queer friendliness is used to signal a progressive, democratic agenda.

Reclaim Australia

How racists are co-opting multiculturalism

Ruby Hamad Racism can't be measured by skin colour.

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Is it time to sell the pill over the counter?

There are no major health concerns associated with OTC birth control.

Ruby Hamad Administered with caution, this could be a major win for women.

Whitewashing film

The important women omitted from the Stonewall story


Ruby Hamad How can this history be told without the pivotal black and trans characters?

Ruby Hamad

Marriage and children shouldn't be an economic trap

Welfare to blame for marriage failure, declining fertility: Dominic Perrottet

Ruby Hamad What the NSW Finance Minister doesn't get about welfare.

Ag-gag laws

When filming a crime is worse than the crime itself

Protest against 'ag-gag' laws in Iowa.

Ruby Hamad The growing number of laws aimed at discrediting protesters while protecting politicians and big business.

Jagged Little Pill

The legacy of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill and other feminist rockers of the '90s


Ruby Hamad In many ways, the album embodied the political, independent and angry spirit of the decade.

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Charleston massacre: Using women as a pretext for racial violence

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof, 21, into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, where he has been charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm.

Ruby Hamad It's time to put an end to the caricature of black men as sexual predators out to ravage and ruin pure, white women.

When a woman in power is bad for women

Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina suggested she is the perfect antidote to Hillary Clinton.

Ruby Hamad Women can be as regressive on women's issues as any man.

What Oscar Pistorius's early release tells us about being white and male

Prison officials have recommended  Oscar Pistorius be released on probation in August.

Ruby Hamad Is the system broken or is it serving exactly who it's designed to?

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Is there any difference between domestic violence and honour killings?

Christopher Cullen found guilty of murdering estranged wife Victoria Comrie Cullen at Taren Point.

Ruby Hamad When you're counting dead women, it matters not if they were killed for family honour or for the sake of male pride.

Poverty Porn

How much lower can our obsession with 'poverty porn' go?


Ruby Hamad It's been a long time coming but it appears that the reality TV nadir has finally been reached.

The real reason people are outraged over Adam Goodes' 'war dance'

Backed by the AFL: Adam Goodes.

Ruby Hamad At all times, people of colour are expected to remain polite, calm, and non-aggressive.

The Rohingya plight challenges the popular view of terrorism

Thousands of Rohingyas are thought to be stranded on boats without adequate food, water or sanitation.

Ruby Hamad Violence against Muslims rarely makes headlines in the West unless it is committed by other Muslims.


Disney's white 'African princess' film is beyond offensive

Jeremiah Heaton and his seven-year-old daughter Emily Heaton.

Ruby Hamad Inspired by a white American dad’s bid to claim a piece of Sudan so his daughter can feel like a princess.

'Benevolent' sexism

There's no such thing as 'benevolent' anti-choice movement

American anti-choice protestors staging a

Ruby Hamad They may insist they are "protecting" women, but these new anti-abortion crusaders are still driven by sexism.