Kirstie Brewer

I am a BBC journalist focusing on women, social affairs, and inequality. Formerly a commissioning editor at the Guardian, where I ran its Public Servant: Letter to the Public series. Founding member of The Second Source, a group of women journalists working to end sexual harassment in the media. Twitter: @kirstiejbrewer

United Kingdom

Portfolio

the Guardian

Police at Notting Hill carnival: 'It's difficult not to want to dance, we're only human'

To dance or not to dance? It's a divisive question where police officers at London's Notting Hill carnival are concerned. Supt Robyn Williams certainly doesn't want to see stony...

The Pool

The podcaster encouraging women everywhere to talk about their abortions

When Melissa Madera sticks out her hand to shake mine I notice her wristbands straight away. "I have had an abortion," they say - a slogan that is also printed on the tote bag...

the Guardian

Mind over mat: how yoga is helping refugee women

On Tuesday mornings female refugees like Eden come to practise yoga. The sessions are run by Ourmala, a voluntary organisation that every week gives around 60 refugee women a...

BBC News

The day Iceland's women went on strike - BBC News

Forty years ago, the women of Iceland went on strike - they refused to work, cook and look after children for a day. It was a moment that changed the way women were seen in the...

Delayed Gratification

A Woman's Place

When Tep Vanny’s neighbourhood was given over to a private developer and its residents forcibly evicted she launched a seven-year campaign that has landed her in prison twice....

the Guardian

Seth Shostak: We will find aliens in the next two decades

Astronomer Seth Shostak believes we will find ET in the next two decades; he has a cup of coffee riding on it. But don't interpret such modest stakes as scepticism -...

BBC News

Why don't they make shoes for black ballet dancers? - BBC News

The world of ballet has long been criticised for having a problem with diversity. But could one small quirk be a symbol of the barriers facing non-white dancers, asks Kirstie...

the Guardian

Services for LGBT young people will just disappear | Kirstie Brewer

Every Wednesday evening, Lukasz Konieczka and his team at the Mosaic youth centre in north London welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people from across...

the Guardian

Making up the Walking Dead: 'Growing up, I wanted to make monsters'

What would a zombie who had been half-melted into the ground after a napalm attack look like? Its rotting flesh would be blistered and stretched - like a hot dog that had been...

BBC News

The 13-year-old girl sent on a 'day-trip' to Australia - BBC News

Up until the late 1960s the UK sent children living in care homes to new lives in Australia and other countries. It was a brutal experience for many, writes Kirstie Brewer. In...

BBC News

How two men survived a prison where 12,000 were killed - BBC News

Tuol Sleng is Cambodia's most notorious prison - in the 1970s, at least 12,000 people were tortured there and murdered. Only a handful of prisoners survived but now, 40 years...

the Guardian

'The first time you cut human skin is monumental'

In Sue Black's line of work, gallows humour is a must. As a forensic anthropologist, her job is to identify human remains, often of those killed in war zones or mass disasters....

the Guardian

Shhh, quiet: an introvert's guide to networking

Do not make eye contact. Pretend to look for someone by peering pensively into the middle distance. Do a few sweaty laps of the room. Get another drink. Get a third. Busy...

BBC World Service (radio)

Iceland's Women Strike

In October 1975, 90% of all women in Iceland took part in a nationwide protest over inequality. Vigdis Finnbogadottir, later Iceland's first female president, talks about that...

Public Servant: My Letter to the Public

the Guardian

public servant: my letter to the public | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian

The series that gives a voice to staff in public services hit by mounting cuts and rising demand. If you work in public service and would like to write an article for the...

the Guardian

I'm a DWP call handler and have no time to care about your disability claim

This morning I spoke to a cancer patient, a woman with kidney failure, and a young man who had just lost the mother of his children. Each of them thought I was trying to help...