2015 was a pretty good year.
In Ireland, decades of struggle, months of canvassing, and over a million votes finally saw same-sex marriage become a reality. The Gender Recognition Bill passed successful through the Oireachtas. #WakingTheFeminists at The Abbey proved that men weren’t the only playwrights deserving of national recognition. Thousands took to the streets to march for reproductive rights.
Overseas, the #BlackLivesMatter movement sparked a revolution across America. Marriage equality was declared legal in all fifty states. In the UK, countless people took to the streets to protest Syrian airstrikes. Europe showed solidarity to the millions of refugees who had been displaced from their countries. Nigeria outlawed female genital mutilation. The UN’s International Day of the Girl saw nations around the world promote the importance of educating young girls, of ending violence against women, and of eliminating gender-based discrimination.
Each and every one of these successes, movements, and changes in legislation has worked to eradicate the stark inequalities in existence in Ireland, and around the world. However, there is still a long way to go. 2015 also brought countless issues of discrimination to the fore – issues that prove that full equality has yet to be achieved here, or abroad.
HeadStuff’s topical section is seeking submissions on the theme of equality. Submissions can be in the form of opinion pieces, interviews, or relevant event coverage concerning current issues of equality and discrimination in Ireland, and abroad.
Submissions could be concerned with the following:
- Transphobia/Transgender rights
- Mental health reform
- Women’s rights
- Rape culture
… Or anything else that emphasises the inequalities still in existence today in 2016.
Submissions should be somewhere between 800 – 1,200 words, though certain pieces exceeding the word count may be permitted. Opinion pieces should be intelligent, logical, and well researched, while also being unique, creative, and most important of all, topical. All submissions must include references and links to other content if used.
Please submit your articles to topical[at]headstuff.org, including your full name, a short author’s bio, and a profile picture.
HeadStuff’s topical section is also seeking regular contributors to (you guessed it) contribute regular content to the topical section. Contributors should be passionate about writing, global issues, equality, and all things current.