Julie Tomlin
Julie Tomlin is a journalist who has written freelance features for a variety of publications, including The Guardian.
She is creative programmes manager in social media and online journalism for Words of Colour Productions and co-founder of Digital Women UK.

Entries by Julie Tomlin

Tackling the 'Pandemic' of Sexual Harassment in Sierra Leone's Universities

(0) Comments | Posted 2 October 2014 | (16:50)

With the focus on the horror of Ebola, the rapid rate of infections, lockdowns and the role of the international community to tackle the crisis in Sierra Leone, it's difficult to imagine much else going on in the West African country.

But chief electoral commissioner and...

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How Do We #BringBackOurGirls?

(0) Comments | Posted 11 May 2014 | (20:19)

What started as a local campaign for the return of more than 250 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist extremists Boko Haram, has become a worldwide phenomenon, attracting the attention of celebrities and world leaders alike.


As the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag goes global, it is, inevitably, being compared to

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The Reality Behind the Greek 'Success Story'

(4) Comments | Posted 18 March 2014 | (16:07)

During over four years of economic crisis, many Greek people seem to have developed a keen sense of farce.

The appearance of Greece's health minister Adonis Georgiadis at an Imperial College London event titled "Turning the tide: The Greek National Effort to exit the crisis" was for many a step...

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Hearing the Truth About Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (09:37)

Women forced to work as prostitutes to survive, those who lost their job because of attitudes to mental illness, or are struggling to make ends meet on benefits, people for whom life is often a daily grind of poverty or a battle against bureaucrats.

These were the people who took...

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Greek Universities a Battleground for Austerity

(1) Comments | Posted 8 December 2013 | (17:49)

With unemployment among Greek women currently at 31.6 per cent compared to 24.6 per cent among men, the prospect of losing a job in the female-dominated public sector is a grim one.

For K, who has asked not to be named, the announcement in November that she is among...

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A Modern Day Witch Hunt That Marked a New Phase in the Greek Market

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2013 | (08:51)

The rounding up of hundreds of women in Athens followed by the parading of the photographs of 30 'HIV-infected prostitutes' in May last year had all the hallmarks of a politically-orchestrated campaign.

The media frenzy that erupted in the run-up to the May 2012 general elections quickly died down once...

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Let the Music Play: What Can Bring Hope to the Greek People?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2013 | (09:28)

What happens when the mood of a whole nation can be characterised by hopelessness and despair?

In Greece, where people have been on the receiving end of severe austerity measures and lived through six years of recession, it's a question that politics, as we know it, seems incapable of addressing.

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Nuclear Nuqta and the Politics of Identity

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2012 | (09:45)

The uprisings of 2011 in the Middle East and North Africa heralded a new fascination among the British media with Arab women, who were part of the street protests that broke out across the region. Journalists then produced a steady stream of stories about these same women that later gave...

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One Arena Where Britain Won't Be Winning Gold

(1) Comments | Posted 5 August 2012 | (14:14)

The Olympics opening ceremony and the medals that have heroically rolled in have given Brits a lot to feel positive about. Danny Boyle's celebration may have infuriated Aidan Burley, Conservative MP, who would have preferred more Spitfires, but a number of events outside the Olympic arena should give pause to...

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Sanctions: A 'Necessary Evil' Iranian Women Don't Buy

(0) Comments | Posted 29 July 2012 | (20:25)

On the world stage the British government likes to present itself as a champion of women's rights, with our ministers frequently vocal about outrages carried out against women in places like Afghanistan and Libya.

Only in May this year, the British government announced a new initiative that...

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When the 'Good Guys' Rape Too

(6) Comments | Posted 23 July 2012 | (00:00)

In the age of social media, stories about human rights abuses, including rape, no longer emerge months - or even years - after the event.

Unlike the Rwanda genocide and the war in Bosnia in the 1990s, allegations of atrocities have emerged in Syria - and Libya before it...

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The Arms Trade is a Feminist Issue

(13) Comments | Posted 16 July 2012 | (00:00)

When Egyptian activist Salma Said was asked at a discussion in London on women and the Arab Spring about what people in the West could do to help, her answer was immediate and direct:
"You could stop your politicians selling arms to the people who are shooting...

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Women Need to 'Reclaim' Part Time Work

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2012 | (00:00)

Given that 72% of people in the UK still think that "you cannot work a senior career on a part time basis" it's perhaps not surprising that people who do often keep the fact from their colleagues. Furthermore, many women who hold down senior part time roles would never use...

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Why Did So Few Women Make It on to the Twitter 100? And Does It Matter?

(1) Comments | Posted 7 March 2012 | (23:00)

Amid all the complaining and bragging about who was ranked higher than who when it was published last week, some women on Twitter like Nat Guest pointed out that "only one woman made it into the top 20 at all."

That honour went to...

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Part-Time Work: Is It Time for a Rebrand?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 February 2012 | (22:12)

With the number of by unemployed women in the UK up 32,000 to 1.2 million, it's not unreasonable to conclude that women are being squeezed in the jobs market.

Figures for October to December last year show not only that unemployment among women is at its highest for 23 years,...

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Saudi Women 2 Drive come back and the strengths and limits of social media campaigns

(1) Comments | Posted 9 February 2012 | (20:33)

Forced underground by the Saudi authorities, the Women 2 Drive campaign is back and appears to have won concessions from the country's King.

Using Twitter and Facebook, the campaign attracted worldwide attention last year when it called on women who held an international driver's licence to...

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Gene Sharp: The Knowledge of How People Can Be Free is Spreading Throughout the World

(2) Comments | Posted 31 January 2012 | (09:37)

We can expect more "amazing struggles" around the world in the next few years according to Gene Sharp, the man credited with the non-violent strategy behind the toppling of governments from Serbia to Egypt.

Events in the Arab world over the past year have showed that "the genie is out...

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Fears Over Fresh Crackdown on Bloggers and Journalists as Iran's Elections Approach

(0) Comments | Posted 25 January 2012 | (23:00)

The recent wave of arrests of journalists and bloggers in Iran is a worrying sign of a government crackdown ahead of parliamentary elections in March.

Parastoo Dokouhaki a journalist and women's rights activist, who was one of the first women bloggers in Iran, and journalist Marzieh Rasouli were arrested on...

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Ahdaf Soueif: Egypt's Revolutionaries Are in for the Long Haul

(0) Comments | Posted 18 January 2012 | (13:26)

Nearly a year after Egyptians took to the streets in an uprising that led to the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak, it is time for the army to return to barracks and have nothing more to do with the running of the country, the writer Ahdaf Soueif said at

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Can Social Media Empower Arab Women?

(1) Comments | Posted 10 January 2012 | (08:22)

After a year when popular movements swept across the Arab world, it's maybe not surprising that the number of people using Facebook and Twitter in the region has shot up.

There were 36,016,664 Facebook users in Arab countries by November 2011 - almost double the number in the same month...

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