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The Backlash podcast episode 1: Women and the far right

LARA WHYTE

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 Akanksa Mehta at the University of Sussex.

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Jayda Fransen (right), deputy leader of far right group Britain First, 2017. Picture: Claire Doherty/SIPA USA/PA Images. All rights reserved.

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

MOHAMMAD NACIRI and HANAN TABBARA
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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'

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

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