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Sophie Hemery is a writer and freelance journalist. She is a feminist investigative journalism fellow with openDemocracy's 50.50. Follow her @Sophie Hemery

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Claire Provost

Claire Provost is editor of 50.50 covering gender, sexuality and social justice.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

'We're seeing a backlash to policies against online violence'

Asha Allen at the European Women's Lobby talks about perpetrators and forms of online violence – and what's needed to address them.

What would a feminist internet look like?

After World Forum for Democracy talks about creating safe spaces in cyberspace, we asked five delegates this difficult and pressing question.

What’s next for the MeToo movement?

At the Council of Europe’s annual World Forum for Democracy, we asked five activists one simple question.

Gender equality in Europe ‘advancing at snail’s pace’

Women's rights debates take centre stage at this year's World Forum for Democracy at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Online platforms have enabled “deluge of hatred against trans women” in the UK

Social media platforms have policies against discriminatory and hateful content – but LGBTQ+ rights activists say they’re not working.

US evangelicals targeted LGBT young people with ‘dehumanising’ Facebook and YouTube ads

Social media giants acknowledge that Anchored North video ads violated their rules to protect users – but not before millions of people see them.

Pressure mounts on British universities to ‘come clean’ on fossil fuel investments

Paradise Papers revelations have added to long-standing concerns about universities’ fossil fuel investments - and students are now upping the ante.

Sex workers fear for their lives as London borough pushes criminalisation

Last week, a home office select comittee released a report urging the decriminalisation of sex workers. Yet in Hackney, London, a national sex worker safety charity has expressed "grave concern" due to "a seismic shift towards criminalisation" in the borough.

UK Gypsies and Travellers take a stand against discrimination

Facing persistent racism and a critical change to planning law, which has been accused of being at odds with the Equalities Act and the European Convention of Human Rights, UK Gypsies and Travellers are saying enough is enough.

Protests in Calais: valuing human complexity in crisis

Thoughts on the UK media's representation of the refugee crisis, from a day of action and protest in Calais on Saturday 19th September. In the midst of political maelstrom, migrants are fighting for their humanity along with their rights. 

Sweets Way Resists: a community reclaims 'regeneration'

Having been evicted, and facing demolition, the London Sweets Way estate campaigners have taken democracy into their own hands. 

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