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About 50.50

openDemocracy 50.50 presents authoritative critical perspectives on social justice, gender, pluralism and equality.

It provides a platform for debate and analysis, embracing a plurality of voices from scholars to activists and citizens.

International in breadth whilst sensitive to local particularities and heritages, 50.50 gives voice to key women's human rights defenders working on the front line of resistance to the interlocking power-structures of patriarchy, fundamentalisms and other forms of social injustices.  

We publish short articles of 1200-1500 words. Through a variety of styles, from philosophical analysis to investigative journalism, 50.50 maps how patriarchy and social injustices are built into the daily fabric of our lives.

In 2016 openDemocracy 50.50 was read by 420,000 people in 169 countries.

openDemocracy 50.50 was founded by Jane Gabriel in 2007 and she was the Editor until 31st December 2016.  Niki Seth-Smith took over as Acting Editor on 1st January 2017. The site is supported by a small collective of specialist freelance Commissioning Editors: Jennifer Allsopp, Anne Marie Goetz, Rahila Gupta, Chulani Kodikara, Deniz Kandiyoti, Alice Welbourn and Zoe Holman.


If you are interested in submitting a short article for publication, please email Niki Seth-Smith at

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