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About Lara Whyte

Lara Whyte is an investigative journalist and award-winning documentary and news producer focusing on issues of youth, extremism and women’s rights. Originally from Belfast in northern Ireland, Lara is based in London. She is currently commissioning editor (special projects) for 50.50 tracking the backlash against sexual and reproductive rights. Find her on Twitter: @larawhyte.

Articles by Lara Whyte

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Apply for a 50.50 feminist investigative journalism fellowship

We need your help to track the backlash against sexual and reproductive rights. Apply for 50.50's inaugural feminist investigative journalism fellowships.

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

Investigative journalist Jeta Xharra: challenging politicians and patriarchy in the Balkans

Reporter Jeta Xharra talks about misogyny in journalism, and how she uses her live TV show to challenge politicians on gender inequality.

‘Shame has to switch sides’ – Feminist activist Inna Shevchenko on #MeToo

The Femen 'partisan' talks about #MeToo protests and why a recent Roman Polanski celebration in France was “an insult to all women”.

Jazz singer Lisa Simone opens the World Forum for Democracy

The daughter of Nina Simone performed at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Wednesday, and talked about her mother's legacy.

Tracking the backlash: why we're investigating the 'anti-rights' opposition

Growing and globalising networks of conservative and fundamentalist groups are pushing back against our sexual and reproductive rights. Help us investigate.

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.

"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

How Charlie Gard became a cause célèbre for the US Christian right

“Charlie’s Army never sleeps”: the case of British child Charlie Gard and the growing power and global reach of American conservative activists and “pro-family” organisers.

Women as wartime rapists: a new book explores 'the impossible'

Academic Laura Sjoberg argues that our gendered assumptions about sexual violence in conflict limit our understanding of these crimes.

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