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Intersex rights activists challenge the roots of gender oppression – and we must support them

SOPHIA SEAWELL and HAPPY MWENDE KINYILI

2017 brought promising developments for intersex rights. But with much work still to be done, feminist allies must do better at sharing resources and opportunities.

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Activists have campaigned for years in Germany for intersex rights. Photo: Jan Woitas/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved.

MPs criticise Facebook’s “not fit for purpose” foreign ad ban as Ireland votes on abortion

PETER GEOGHEGAN
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British and Irish parliamentarians call for major changes to unregulated social media campaigning following openDemocracy revelations – but too late for Friday’s historic vote.

‘Nice Irish girls don’t have sex’ is the old idea at the heart of historic abortion rights battle

SHAUNAGH CONNAIRE
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Even if abortion is legalised in Ireland, this mindset must be challenged if women are to fully access their reproductive rights.

Intersex rights activists challenge the roots of gender oppression – and we must support them

SOPHIA SEAWELL and HAPPY MWENDE KINYILI

2017 brought promising developments for intersex rights. But with much work still to be done, feminist allies must do better at sharing resources and opportunities.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
Activists have campaigned for years in Germany for intersex rights. Photo: Jan Woitas/DPA/PA Images. All rights reserved.

MPs criticise Facebook’s “not fit for purpose” foreign ad ban as Ireland votes on abortion

PETER GEOGHEGAN
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

British and Irish parliamentarians call for major changes to unregulated social media campaigning following openDemocracy revelations – but too late for Friday’s historic vote.

‘Nice Irish girls don’t have sex’ is the old idea at the heart of historic abortion rights battle

SHAUNAGH CONNAIRE
openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Even if abortion is legalised in Ireland, this mindset must be challenged if women are to fully access their reproductive rights.

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MPs criticise Facebook’s “not fit for purpose” foreign ad ban as Ireland votes on abortion

British and Irish parliamentarians call for major changes to unregulated social media campaigning following openDemocracy revelations – but too late for Friday’s historic vote.

Six ways Ireland’s abortion referendum could be hacked this week

Anti-abortion money, Facebook ads and boots-on-the-ground volunteers have piled in from across the world to try and swing Friday’s historic vote. Will they succeed?

‘Nice Irish girls don’t have sex’ is the old idea at the heart of historic abortion rights battle

Even if abortion is legalised in Ireland, this mindset must be challenged if women are to fully access their reproductive rights.

Who benefits from sensationalised media coverage of abortion? Hint: not women, whose lives are at stake

Media outlets too often cover abortion-related news in inaccurate and derogatory ways. Activists and progressive journalists must work together to change this.

Trade unions must stand, unequivocally, against anti-LGBTI discrimination at work

Unions have a key role to play in combating oppression and prejudice at work. This includes the ongoing fight for LGBTI equality.

Migrant workers fighting for freedom under Lebanon’s Kefala system

In Lebanon, a women-only group of migrant domestic workers have come together to fight for rights in the workplace. 

Intersex rights activists challenge the roots of gender oppression – and we must support them

2017 brought promising developments for intersex rights. But with much work still to be done, feminist allies must do better at sharing resources and opportunities.

The right’s ‘gender ideology’ menace rolls to Africa

Spanish group CitizenGO brings anti-trans “Free Speech Bus” to Kenya, where the World Congress of Families is hosting a regional summit.

The state-sanctioned erasure of queer stories in Africa must end now

Movies depicting LGBTIQ experiences have been banned in Kenya and South Africa – adding fuel to the dangerous narrative that ‘homosexuality is unAfrican and harmful.’

Can Ireland escape the influence of dark online advertising on its abortion referendum?

Google and Facebook will ban all foreign adverts targeting the vote, but we should be wary of patting Silicon Valley too hard on the back. 

Revealed: the US ‘Christian fundamentalists’ behind new Netflix film on millennial sex lives

A new film about youth ‘hookup culture’ follows students at ‘Spring Break’ beach parties in Florida. Does it have a hidden agenda?

The spirit of 1968 is inextinguishable – even 50 years later

This rebellious era shaped radical activists – and aggressive capitalists. What can we learn from 1968, for democratic change today?

How Irish anti-abortion activists are drawing on Brexit and Trump campaigns to influence referendum

Backlash against Irish abortion rights enlists some of the same technologies, companies, and individuals involved in controversial Trump and Brexit campaigns.

Young, trans Nigerians: ‘people need to see that we exist’

It may become harder for church and state to deny that trans Nigerians exist, thanks to activists like Miss saHHara.

Girls at Dhabas: challenging issues of safety, or ‘respectability’ in urban Pakistan?

“You need to understand,” I told the reporter. “These are baby steps, but important steps, for fuller participation in the public sphere.”

Foreign and 'alt-right' activists target Irish voters on Facebook ahead of abortion referendum

New data shows how social media has become a battleground in a transatlantic backlash against abortion rights for Irish women.

Feminist bots vs right-wing trolls: Brazil’s gender justice movements cross new frontiers

Abortion has long been criminalised in Brazil. It is an issue that many have all but given up on – except for feminist movements.

Kyrgyzstan’s indispensable women are undervalued

Kyrgyz women still tend to live and work in traditionally female occupations. RU

How women in the Balkans are using social media to fight sexism

Women are primary targets of bias and online harassment in the Balkans. Now, a growing number are using the internet to fight back.

#IBelieveHer protesters face backlash after Belfast rape acquittals

A gruelling rape trial ended in the acquittal of rugby players, prompting online outrage, offline protests – and a backlash from lawyers and men’s rights activists.

The Backlash podcast episode 2: "you can't eat a condom"

Anti-choice activists at the United Nations argue that rural women need food, not reproductive choice. But unsafe abortions kill women.

Teen Mom Tanzania: denied sex education, then criminalised for pregnancy

Pregnant teenagers face expulsion from school, arrests, even death. The backlash against sex education in Africa is punishing our girls, and must end now.

The pains and perils of childbirth in Ukraine

Giving birth is a feat of endurance for any woman. But aggressive treatment at the hands of medical staff, as well as corruption, make it even harder in Ukraine. RU

'The Tories cut, we bleed': the story of Women’s Lives Matter in Doncaster

Joyce Sheppard talks about the campaign to save South Yorkshire’s Women’s Aid – one of many domestic violence services impacted by government cuts.

Mothers and children unlawfully housed in Sheffield B&Bs for years

Women and young children routinely placed in shared hostels with vulnerable homeless men.

How the UN women’s talks failed to call out corporate power – letting down our human rights defenders

Last month’s Commission on the Status of Women talks failed to tackle corporate impunity, despite increasingly recognised risks to women human rights defenders.

‘She could have been our Martin Luther King Jr’ – tribute to Marielle Franco

The city councilwoman advocated for the rights of the most oppressed Brazilians. This is why people around the world are mourning and protesting her death. Español

#MeToo in Japan: 'I was told not to bring shame on the country, with my story’

Journalist Shiori Ito spoke about her own experience of sexual assault in 2017 – a year marked by allegations against powerful men. Then came the backlash.

Thanks to social media, do teenage girls like Ahed Tamimi now have the power to influence wars?

Social media has enabled girls and young women to influence contemporary conflicts in new ways, according to 'War in 140 Characters' author David Patrikarakos.

DRC mining industry is a prime example of how corporate power threatens women’s rights

This is why feminist activists are mobilising behind a proposed international treaty to regulate the impacts of transnational corporations.

How an indigenous woman left her mark on a tumultuous presidential campaign in Mexico

Marichuy didn’t gather the necessary number of signatures to run for president, but that hasn’t stopped a movement’s campaign for political representation. Español

Video: feminist activists speak out against corporate impunity

Human rights abuses. Plundered resources. #Feminists4BindingTreaty explain why corporations must be held accountable for their impacts around the world.

Migrant farmworkers protest in New York City against sexual violence

Protesters march on Thursday to demand fast food giant Wendy’s sign up to scheme to tackle exploitation and improve wages in supply chains.

Gender equality cannot be achieved without tax reform for multinational companies

We can't achieve gender equality, or ensure women’s rights, without progressive tax policies.

Will reactionary delegations torpedo UN talks on rural women?

At the Commission on the Status of Women, commitments to rural women’s empowerment are under threat. Can new, progressive alliances block advances by reactionary delegations?

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