Known for her human rights activism and writing on subjects such as atheism and feminism, Joan Smith is a columnist, critic and novelist. An Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and a regular contributor to BBC radio, she has written five detective novels, two of which have been filmed by the BBC.
15 September 2013 12:00 AM
He is taking a year off at a time when millions of people are struggling to hold on to their jobs
The Delhi bus gang-rape conviction is not the only example of lax cultural attitudes to sexual violence
10 September 2013 12:46 PM
A study showed almost a quarter of men in the Asia-Pacific region admit rape. It seems sexual violence is regarded by some men as an acceptable part of relations with women
01 September 2013 12:00 AM
The vote on Syria was dogged by memories of 2003
25 August 2013 12:00 AM
For too long we have sent mixed messages to the dictator in Damascus
11 August 2013 12:00 AM
Tories on the right regard David Cameron as modern, but wearing shorts is not enough
04 August 2013 12:00 AM
How can we believe that men who abuse women online aren't also raping partners?
28 July 2013 12:00 AM
You wouldn't know it from the deference of the royal baby coverage, but a poll this month showed more than half of us weren't bothered
21 July 2013 12:13 AM
This country has a very poor record on the prevention of female genital mutilation. A new approach from the police could change that. But they need help
14 July 2013 12:00 AM
07 July 2013 12:00 AM
As British police swoop in six years on, Kate and Gerry McCann face weeks of press chatter
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
- 1 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 2 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public can visit police’s grisly crime museum
- 3 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
- 4 Vagina canoe artist facing two years in jail defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
- 5 The Queen’s speech 2014: Recap and Twitter reaction to Game of Thrones reference