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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 articles primarily of 1000-1400 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 Claire Provost took up the position in April 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, Niki Seth-Smith and Alice Welbourn.


If you are interested in submitting a short article for publication, please email Claire Provost at 

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