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I went inside a Colombian ‘youth camp’ run by anti-abortion activists

CAMILLE MIJOLA

At a camp mixing extreme sports and extreme rhetoric, I saw how they’re training teenagers to join their fight against reproductive rights.

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Men in Europe must stop blaming migrants for ‘importing’ gender violence

LIDIA KURASINSKA
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From Germany to India, these campaigners are battling ‘toxic masculinity’ to engage men in fights for gender equality.

“We create space for freedom”: battling sexism in Ukraine’s media

MARIA SANZ DOMINGUEZ
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Gender stereotypes are widespread in the Ukrainian media. I talked to activist Oleksandra Golub about campaigns to change this.

I went inside a Colombian ‘youth camp’ run by anti-abortion activists

CAMILLE MIJOLA

At a camp mixing extreme sports and extreme rhetoric, I saw how they’re training teenagers to join their fight against reproductive rights.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Men in Europe must stop blaming migrants for ‘importing’ gender violence

LIDIA KURASINSKA
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

From Germany to India, these campaigners are battling ‘toxic masculinity’ to engage men in fights for gender equality.

“We create space for freedom”: battling sexism in Ukraine’s media

MARIA SANZ DOMINGUEZ
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Gender stereotypes are widespread in the Ukrainian media. I talked to activist Oleksandra Golub about campaigns to change this.

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I went inside a Colombian ‘youth camp’ run by anti-abortion activists

At a camp mixing extreme sports and extreme rhetoric, I saw how they’re training teenagers to join their fight against reproductive rights.

“We create space for freedom”: battling sexism in Ukraine’s media

Gender stereotypes are widespread in the Ukrainian media. I talked to activist Oleksandra Golub about campaigns to change this.

Men in Europe must stop blaming migrants for ‘importing’ gender violence

From Germany to India, these campaigners are battling ‘toxic masculinity’ to engage men in fights for gender equality.

Twitter threats, abuse, murder: what women face defending the environment

Latin America is the deadliest region for environmental and land defenders. But murders often follow numerous threats, including online.

Don’t forget the working-class women who made suffragette history

A century after some UK women won the vote, most of the suffragette stories we hear still focus on the elite. But this was a diverse movement.

After Me Too, can we trust the UK government to tackle sexual abuse?

If our lawmakers fail to confront abuse in their own workplace, how do we trust them to enact effective policies for the rest of us?

Excluded, stereotyped and abused: where do women stand in UK politics today?

100 years since (some) women won the right to vote, they’re still marginalised in corridors of our power – and facing a backlash there too.

Feminist comedians are laughing at privilege – and it’s funny

Comedy that targets oppressed groups is outdated. These feminists are using humour to speak truth to power.

Evangelicals in Guatemala on verge of ‘legalising homophobia’

A "nefarious" bill on ‘life and family’ is the first-ever drafted by the country's evangelical churches, reflecting their growth – and ambition. Español

How one woman is mapping femicides in Mexico

From her home and cafés in Mexico City, María Salguero is filling in the gaps left by official data on gender-related killings.

What we talk about when we talk about gender in Armenia

As Armenia votes in a new parliament after the revolution earlier this year, it seems the new authorities’ political opponents are uniting in an anti-LGBT campaign.

Attacks against women health workers show how workplace violence hurts us all

Violence in the health sector, where a majority of workers are women, accounts for a quarter of assaults at work – impacting societies at large.

Why the ‘Me Too’ movement in India is succeeding at last

Centuries of entrenched patriarchy cannot be upturned in a month. But this country finally looks ready for a feminist overhaul.

How Christian conservatives are trying to influence the media in Ukraine

The Novomedia forum in Kyiv offered an up-close look at the communications strategies of internationally-connected ultra-conservatives.

‘Now, every woman knows she needs to fight violence everywhere’

Congolese activist Julienne Lusenge talks about the struggle to end wartime sexual violence and why she appreciates the MeToo campaign.

#EscúchameTambién | 6 voices against gender based violence in Latin America

We present 6 activists fighting against gender based violence across Latin America to give women a voice and to defend their dignity. Español

How Kenyan women are fighting for themselves in court

Winner of the Council of Europe’s 2018 Democracy Innovation Award talks about training women to represent themselves in Kenyan courts.

'We're seeing a backlash to policies against online violence'

Asha Allen at the European Women's Lobby talks about perpetrators and forms of online violence – and what's needed to address them.

What would a feminist internet look like?

After World Forum for Democracy talks about creating safe spaces in cyberspace, we asked five delegates this difficult and pressing question.

What’s next for the MeToo movement?

At the Council of Europe’s annual World Forum for Democracy, we asked five activists one simple question.

Gender equality in Europe ‘advancing at snail’s pace’

Women's rights debates take centre stage at this year's World Forum for Democracy at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Ten resources if you’ve experienced targeted hate online

Online abuse of women and LGBTQ people is relentless. But there are resources to support you, from digital security to self-care tips.

The Backlash podcast episode 5: targeted hate

Social media propaganda. Data-mining. Foreign interference in Ireland's abortion referendum. The backlash against our rights goes online.

Online platforms have enabled “deluge of hatred against trans women” in the UK

Social media platforms have policies against discriminatory and hateful content – but LGBTQ+ rights activists say they’re not working.

Why drug policy is a feminist issue

Like feminism, harm reduction is a philosophy that encourages us to do away with the false distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ women.

Trans rights: Woman’s Place UK responds to 50.50’s report

A co-founder of the women’s group responds to openDemocracy’s report analysing opposition to potential gender recognition reforms in the UK.

UK sexual politics have become ‘profoundly authoritarian’ says Beatrix Campbell

I interviewed the prominent feminist amid ‘heated and toxic’ debates over proposed reforms to the UK’s Gender Recognition Act.

This is how anti-abortion propaganda gets into US cinemas

Amid open war on reproductive rights, anti-choice supporters of the new Gosnell film want it to change hearts and minds. Will they succeed?

Attacks on women's ministries are a threat to democracy

Women’s ministries in Brazil and beyond have been under attack from the right for years – foreshadowing wider threats to democracy.

UK Christian ‘reactionaries’ mark 10 years of lobbying against women’s and LGBT rights

At Christian Concern’s birthday party in London, lobbyists talked about their expansion plans and work to recruit young people.

Draft legislation in Ukraine targets same-sex relationships

A Ukrainian MP has introduced legislation to criminalise same sex relationships and protect traditional values. RU

Why the United Nations security council must let women speak freely

Women’s civil society advocates were long excluded from the security council. This is changing, but they must be allowed to speak freely.

Why UK trans rights debates are so frustrating, but I won’t give up hope

Proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act have led to a vile backlash in the media. But we all deserve freedom.

Christian right and some UK feminists ‘unlikely allies’ against trans rights

New analysis shows that groups that traditionally disagree are now on the same side – against reforming the Gender Recognition Act.

‘Gay cake’ cases show strength of Christian right legal armies on both sides of the Atlantic

In UK and US supreme courts, freedom of speech has been the defence of bakers who oppose same-sex marriage. It’s no coincidence.

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