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

SANDRA VERMUYTEN

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

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London Pride Parade, 2009. Photo: Ian Rovertson/Flickr. CC-BY-2.0

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

SOPHIA SEAWELL and HAPPY MWENDE KINYILI
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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

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

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Así empezó la revolución feminista global

Tras las revelaciones #MeToo, la periodista y escritora de ficción Sian Norris dejó volar su imaginación para fantasear una revolución feminista global. Este es su mensaje para un futuro feminista. English

This is how the global feminist revolution began

Following the #MeToo revelations, journalist and creative writer Sian Norris let her imagination run wild to envision a global feminist revolution. This is her dispatch from a feminist future. Español

Why are some Ukrainian feminists boycotting the International Women’s Day march in Kyiv?

With increased donations and grants to Ukraine from western countries after Euromaidan, the number of non-governmental organisations have flourished. So have feminist groups. Ukrainian

How the global women's movement shaped the UN international development agenda

Amid conservative backlash against women’s rights, how did feminist advocates ensure that the sustainable development goals focused on gender equality?

Apply for a 50.50 women’s rights and corporate power reporting fellowship

We need your help to investigate women’s rights and corporate power around the world. Apply for a 50.50 reporting fellowship.

Same-sex marriage has become a political football in Italy's elections

The so-called centre-right coalition is talking tough against Italy’s LGBTQI and immigrant communities, attacking basic rights in the name of defending the “traditional family.”

Violence against women at Sudan’s universities has been tolerated for far too long

Western agencies have focused on female genital mutilation in Sudan, but this isn't the only women’s rights battle that needs support in our country.

A new era of crimes against humanity in Eurasia

A wave of brutal crackdowns on LGBT communities in the post-Soviet space has exposed civil society’s shortcomings — and destroyed lives.

Can Sierra Leone’s female secret societies be allies in the fight against female genital mutilation?

FGM is a deeply-rooted and widespread practice in the country. Can its locally-powerful practitioners help curtail it?

The Backlash podcast episode 1: women and the far right

We talk to three women who know more about the far right than most: councillor Jolene Bunting in Northern Ireland, researcher Marilyn Mayo in the US, and Akanksha Mehta at the University of Sussex.

The courage of difficult women

What happened at Save the Children is a symptom of a wider problem in our society which urgently needs to be addressed. The women who have spoken up are the real heroes, not the men who have had the ‘courage’ to admit their mistakes.

“Invisible battalion”: how Ukrainian women secured the right to fight on a par with men

For four years, Ukrainian civil society has been fighting in the war against Russia. The war effort came from below – and women are playing an active role. RU

Activist Reham Al-Bader’s death in Yemen shows the dangers women face providing lifelines in conflict

Women in Yemen are challenging the death and destruction around them, often paying a heavy price. Yet, their voices and skills are still sidelined.

Evangelicals in South Africa are 'broadcasting hate masked as morality'

Christian right groups are adding to an already dangerous environment for women and LGBTQI individuals, by pushing 'family values'  but not for everyone.

Divisive populists are a “main obstacle” to women’s rights

“What populists are really afraid of is pluralism” says FEMEN activist Inna Shevchenko, who argues that democracy and feminism are interlinked.

La Ciudad de México, una isla en un mar de estados antiaborto

Activistas antiaborto, cada vez más activos en la capital de México, señalan e "inducen miedo" a las mujeres que acceden a unos servicios que se despenalizaron hace ya diez años. English

Mexico City is an island in a sea of anti-abortion states – and the right to choose is threatened here too

Anti-choice activists are increasingly active in Mexico’s capital city, strategically targeting and “inciting fear” in women accessing services that were decriminalised a decade ago. Español, RU

Has Trump’s White House ‘resurrected’ Army of God anti-abortion extremists?

Christian extremism as a motivator for violence is often overlooked, while clinics providing abortion services are facing growing threats.

The problem with populist gender equality-by-numbers

It’s important to have more women in public and political debates. But having a seat at the table isn’t the same thing as being heard.

Why we’re Right: young women on the UK’s growing right-wing scene in their own words

Rejecting feminism and the political left that has apparently neglected them for too long, four young women explain why they turned right. RU

Prosecuting ISIS crimes against women and LGBTIQ people would set a crucial precedent

A potentially precedent-setting petition at the International Criminal Court could help human rights advocates and survivors of gender-based crimes in conflict.

Golden Dawn Girls documentary gives new voice to women in Greece's far-right elite

Why would women connected to leaders of the extreme nationalist party invite documentary cameras into their homes, around their dinner tables, and inside party headquarters? RU

Why are women joining far-right movements, and why are we so surprised?

Women’s ‘shocking’ participation in far-right politics has received much media attention. But is this a new trend, or have we been here before?

What’s attracting women to Myanmar’s Buddhist nationalist movement?

Amid Myanmar’s transition towards democracy, a dangerous Buddhist nationalist movement is on the rise, and women are playing a key role.

How the Italian media have helped CasaPound ‘glamourise’ fascism

Some reporters have dangerously framed this violent movement and its female leaders as ‘beautiful,’ ‘clean-faced,’ and attractive to voters. RU

How the Women’s March defied Trump’s populism

The largest single-day protest in US history was also the first mass social movement response to Trump’s election. And it was a women’s initiative.

We need to talk about how we learn to accept our own oppression

The more women stand up against bullies and harassment in our personal lives, the less we will tolerate them in our political lives too.

How women are building feminist human security in the Americas

Across the region, women are forging alternative paths to real peace and security, rejecting militarisation and violence. They do this at great personal risk. Español

“I got called in by the KGB. They said there were no LGBT people in Transnistria”

In Transnistria, an unrecognised territory between Moldova and Ukraine, documentary photography is becoming one of the most effective tools for talking about taboo and controversial subjects. RU

Seguridad humana feminista en las Américas: una obra en construcción

Lejos de la militarización y la violencia, y a costa de enormes riesgos personales, las mujeres están abriendo vías alternativas hacia una verdadera paz y seguridad en toda la región. English

We’re African women and we’re feminists

Feminism is not ‘un-African.’ This is a multi-generational, multi-layered movement of women across the continent, including those who resist gender roles in everyday life.

The never-ending story of abortion in Brazil

In Brazil, 500,000 clandestine abortions are carried out every year, of which 200,000 end in complications and 500 in death, but the debate regarding legalisation appears to have halted. Español, Portugués

Where are the investigative journalists challenging patriarchy?

Amid growing threats to our sexual and reproductive rights, and enduring inequality, discrimination and gender-based violence, we need fearless feminist investigative journalism now. Apply for 50.50's inaugural feminist investigative journalism fellowships.

Solicita una beca de periodismo de investigación feminista de la sección 50.50 de openDemocracy

Necesitamos tu ayuda para rastrear la reacción contra los derechos sexuales y reproductivos. Solicita las becas inaugurales de periodismo de investigación feminista de 50.50. English

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