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Christian ‘legal army’ in hundreds of court battles worldwide

CLAIRE PROVOST and ELLA MILBURN

Women’s rights advocates say controversial US legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom is ‘exporting extreme ideologies worldwide’ against sexual and reproductive rights.

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Five inspirational feminists you should know and honour today

NANA DARKOA SEKYIAMAH
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Documenting the lives of departed feminists, and sharing their stories, honours their memories and inspires future generations.

Students hit the road to fight street harassment in Kuala Lumpur – in pictures

RIMA ATHAR and BéRENGèRE SIM
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On a global day of action for sexual and bodily rights in Muslim societies, Malaysian students stood against harassment in public spaces.

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Non Una di Meno protests for women's rights: "Enough is enough"

The recent protest against obiezione di coscienza – whereby Itailan gynecologists can refuse to conduct abortions – is the latest of many demonstrations by this growing women's rights movement.

Photo essay: women's protests around the world

Anti-Trump women's marches put women's protest in the spotlight in 2017. Here are seven other recent women's demonstrations that didn't generate as much coverage (plus two historic UK ones that did).

We need personal, everyday action to end violence against women

Never laugh at a rape joke, speak out against lower wages for women. Don’t underestimate the power of everyday activism to uphold justice.

Will the UN secretary-general send misogynistic heads rolling?

With his new strategy to achieve gender parity within United Nations’ staff, has Antonio Guterres revived the organisation’s “lost agenda”?

El 'avión del odio', y el auge de CitizenGo

La plataforma derechista ha coordinado peticiones masivas, combinando acciones on-line y off-line. Su alcance está creciendo, alarmando a los activistas por los derechos humanos. English

On the warpath: the young women leading Ireland’s campaign against abortion

Next year Ireland will hold a referendum on its controversial eighth amendment. Articulate, millennial “pro-life feminists” are leading the charge against reproductive rights.

What will it take to end child sexual abuse in India?

In 2012 new legislation was passed to protect children against sexual abuse. But the gap between the law and ground realities remains large.

Have women’s rights institutions been ignored again?

The European Union’s announced €500 million for work to end violence against women and girls. This should strengthen, rather than bypass, existing women’s rights institutions.

How to spend €500 million: women’s rights groups on Europe’s UN grant

We welcome this week’s historic funding announcement for work to end violence against women and girls. But there are important caveats.

Persecuted beyond borders: why Italy needs LGBT refugee shelters

LGBT refugees fleeing torture, violence and discrimination often find persecution has followed them to Europe. Reception centres are beginning to respond to urgent needs.

Conflict prevention: will the United Nations return to its roots?

The secretary general is an advocate for reform. But change will not be easy and the case of Bosnia shows how complex peacebuilding can be.

“We’re not just here to learn – we can lead too”: young women human rights defenders speak out

Young activists from four continents talk about their local struggles and what motivates them.

Insurgent feminisms in Colombia

The unlikely alliance between the FARC and the Trans Community Network in Colombia provides grounds for hope in the building of peace and a dignified existence for transgender people. Español

Feminist movements lead the way in fight against repressive states

Despite pressures from society and states alike, feminist movements are growing around the world. They know how to challenge restrictions in creative and innovative ways.

12 feminist authors who may not be on your college reading list – but should be

These writers and their work span the globe and its history and would complement any degree. What would you add to this list?

Macho men only: no space for femininity in Jordan’s LGBT+ community

‘Just manly men’. ‘Guys that hit the gym’. ‘Straight-acting only’. ‘No fems’. The message for gay and bi men browsing through dating apps in Jordan is clear: masculinity is in, femininity is out.

Osunality: sex lessons from Africa

There’s what you think you know about sex in Africa. And then there are sensual and beautiful aspects of African sexuality and the African erotic.

Is Liberia's Sirleaf really standing up for women?

President Sirleaf's promise to campaign for women candidates in Liberia's upcoming elections comes too little, too late.

In Chechnya, a ruthless strongman orders family reunification

Ramzan Kadyrov wants to reunite Chechnya’s divorced couples. His initiative could only put already vulnerable women at grave risk.

Please call me they

How do I explain to my colleagues that I’m not a ‘he’ or a ‘she’—and why it matters?

The long road to gender equality in southeast Asia

Singapore may soon elect its first female president – but the struggle for gender equality in the region is far from being won.

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Show me the money: the fight for funding and accountability for women’s rights

Aid donors, governments and the United Nations have made many commitments to gender equality. Their actions have been less impressive.

In pictures: life at London’s latin market, under threat from developers

Wandering around the market in Seven Sisters, it's clear: this is more than a collection of shops and restaurants, it is a unique cultural hub.

‘I won’t be displaced again’: the fight to save London's latin market

Community members and traders mobilise to save a Seven Sisters market from regeneration plans that could transform it into “unaffordable” flats and chain stores.

“I’m not afraid to say” that something’s changing in Ukraine

Last summer, Anastasiya Melnychenko used a single hashtag to start an entire campaign against rape. How is it faring today? RU, Українська

The right to blasphemy: is this the boundary between civilisation and barbarism?

Former Charlie Hebdo journalist Zineb El Rhazoui collects fatwas like badges of honour. Her recent book outlines similarities between the Islamic and European far right.

Pinkwashing at Berlin Pride

Defiant chants of liberation and open condemnation of the state have given way to political party blocs and a barrage of corporate floats, vying for the pink pound.

“We are love”: Russian LGBT and feminist activists attacked

This week, LGBT activists in St Petersburg and feminists in Krasnodar were threatened and attacked.

Meet the women affected by Abkhazia’s abortion ban

A year and a half ago, the authorities in Abkhazia banned abortions in nearly all circumstances. These women have paid the price.

“It’s so taboo but we want it so damn bad”: introducing 50.50 columnists Tiffany Mugo and Claudia Torrisi

These 50.50 authors will delight and challenge us with monthly comment and analysis about sexuality in Africa, and reportage on intersecting forms of oppression in Italy.

“Change can start from us”: Roma women in Italy fight for their rights

A new generation of Roma women is rising up against multiple forms of discrimination, to claim their rights to jobs, education, and healthcare.

Reproductive rights on the move: refugee women in Greece struggle to access contraception

Half of female asylum-seekers in Europe are aged 18-34. With little control over their environments, how can they retain control over their bodies?

“I don’t want to die because I’m an atheist”: ex-Muslims speak out

In the UK and beyond, filmmaker Deeyah Khan has documented the experiences of ex-Muslims and the “extraordinary levels of persecution, abuse and discrimination they face”.

"They are coming for your children" – the rise of CitizenGo

The right-wing campaigning platform has coordinated mass online petitions – and offline actions. Its reach is growing, alarming human rights advocates. Español

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