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It’s been an excellent year for guest bloggers here so far and I’d like to take the opportunity to welcome our brilliant new bloggers for July.

Suswati Basu is a writer and an activist. Currently studying a BA in Mandarin and History from SOAS, University of London, she won the Emma Humphries Memorial prize in 2007 for her campaigning in women’s rights in the justice system. She is currently fundraising with Million Women Rise, and has previously helped to organise the annual march, Reclaim the Night. Working closely with the Women and Girls Network, Suswati has been working with local women activists in China and laying the ground work for future research based trips to the East for the Guardian.

Becky Bolton is a young biological female who identifies as gender-free. She is loosely socialist, studying for a degree with the Open University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and finds that balancing this with a full-time job is a pain in the arse. She works in (and ultimately returns most of her wages to) a book shop and fantasizes daily about revolution. She also likes oreos, highlighting the white chocolate-covered ones as the best!