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Sian Norris is Byline Times’ Chief Social and European Affairs Reporter

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EXCLUSIVE The Mail Order Bride Sites Exploiting War in Ukraine to Find Women

, 29 April 2022
In an exclusive undercover investigation, Sian Norris discovers how websites advertising mail order brides are using Russia's invasion of Ukraine to drum up business

The Rwanda Scheme: The Human Rights Concerns Around Government’s Transportation Deal

, 20 April 2022
The plan to send people seeking asylum who arrive via 'irregular' routes in the UK to Rwanda has raised numerous human rights concerns – not least for LGBTIQ people and pregnant women

Why I’m Scared To Open Instagram Message Requests

, 6 April 2022
A new report by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate has found women are being targeted with misogynistic abuse on Instagram's direct message function – something Sian Norris knows all too well

EXCLUSIVE ‘Girls in Afghanistan Have Power’

, 2 March 2022
In an exclusive interview with a member of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team who fled the country in the summer, Byline Times can reveal how an inspiring new project that will help Afghan girls achieve their dreams

Birth Rates, Babies and Benefits

, 22 February 2022
There's been much talk about falling birth rates from all sides of the political spectrum – but the elephant in the nursery is the Conservatives' record on benefit cuts

Rump Trumpocracy? The Conservative Party at the Heritage Foundation

, 14 February 2022
Oliver Dowden is the latest Conservative MP to address the Heritage Foundation – an organisation accused of tampering with democracy and undermining women's rights

‘The Met’s Reputation is More Important than My Safety’: Can the Sarah Everard Murder Inquiry Rebuild Women’s Trust in Policing?

, 13 January 2022
Women's groups have raised concerns that the narrow confines of the Angiolini Inquiry – combined with a failure to grapple with women's safety – means lessons won't be learned

This Is My Proof: How Women Are Processing Violence and Domestic Abuse Through Art

, 23 December 2021
With women facing a crisis of justice when it comes to gender-based violence, survivors are turning to creative ways to process trauma and tell their own stories

The ‘Hostile Environment’ Continues: Home Office Rejects ‘Firewall’ for Migrant Victims of Abuse

, 22 December 2021
Migrant women in abusive relationships fear that reporting abuse to the police will lead to their data being shared with immigration enforcement – leaving them trapped in dangerous homes, reports Sian Norris

How The Great Replacement Went Mainstream

, 20 December 2021
The far-right conspiracy theory has jumped off the dark web message boards and into political parties around Europe

Periods, Pandemic and PPE: How Even in Healthcare the World is Built for Men

, 10 December 2021
Women make up the majority of the world’s healthcare workers but new research shows how during the pandemic their health was put at risk by PPE designed for men

EXCLUSIVE ‘It is Dangerous for Us to Remain in Afghanistan’

, 29 November 2021
Sian Norris speaks with an Afghan women’s rights activist in hiding, as she asks: will the Government come to her and others’ aid?

BREAKING The Death of a Polish Woman Demonstrates the Dangers of Abortion Bans

, 2 November 2021
The death of a 30-year-old woman through septic shock after being refused an abortion highlights the medical dangers of abortion bans

Autumn Budget: Women and Children First?

, 27 October 2021
While there were welcome announcements on family spending and low pay, the Autumn Budget fails to rollback the inequality caused by 11 years of Conservative austerity

The Right is Using Gender Critical Feminists as ‘Human Shields’ Over Trans Issue

, 25 October 2021
Footage from a fringe meeting at Conservative Party Conference raises questions about the right's relationship with radical feminists over the fight for trans rights
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