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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Christian right and some UK feminists ‘unlikely allies’ against trans rights

New analysis shows that groups that traditionally disagree are now on the same side – against reforming the Gender Recognition Act.

Nadia Murad may have won the Nobel peace prize, but the world failed her Yazidi people

The international community could and should have done more to rescue those captured by ISIS. The media also failed in its coverage of this crisis.

‘Dear reader, put yourself in the position of a child raped and denied an abortion’

I am a 14-year-old aspiring human rights activist and this is why I believe in women’s and girls' right to safe abortion in cases of rape.

28 abortion rights successes in 2018

For International Safe Abortion Day, on 28 September, we are celebrating 28 aspects of progress and success we’ve seen internationally this year.

These women are demanding their rights from inside Rome’s occupied buildings

Precarious labour and housing conditions have pushed many to squat Rome’s empty buildings, living in fear of eviction and homelessness.

We simply said ‘enough’: the story of Spain’s ‘Las Kellys’ hotel cleaners

From gruelling working conditions to more limited access to healthcare, austerity policies have hit women hardest. But they are fighting back.

10 years of women's resistance to austerity across Europe – in pictures

Women across Europe have not been passive victims of austerity policies. From Paris, France to Nicosia, Cyprus, they have protested and organised for alternatives.

“This story rarely gets told”: 10 years of women’s resistance to austerity across Europe

From the UK to Greece, women have been hit hardest by austerity policies since the 2008 financial crisis. This month, 50.50 will spotlight our stories of resistance.

In rural Paraguay, women are on the frontlines of a ‘race against time’ to save native seeds

Amid the spread of industrial farming, transgenic crops and seed patents, rural women are conserving native varieties and teaching others about agro-ecology.

Gender justice activists are organising against online violence – and they need your support

The burden of responding to violence should not fall on the most affected. We must do more to support these activists online, and offline.

‘Bad girls’ in Holloway prison: when being a ‘loud’ black woman was an offence in itself

Black women were disproportionately jailed and mistreated in London’s infamous Holloway prison. This is an edited extract from “Bad Girls, A History of Rebels and Renegades”.

25 alternativas feministas a los medios mainstream en España y Latinoamérica

De los temas más divertidos a los más trascendentales, estas plataformas cubren la actualidad con una perspectiva feminista. English.

25 feminist alternatives to mainstream media in Spain and Latin America

From the most playful topics to the most serious, these platforms provide alternative coverage of current affairs – with a feminist lens. Español.

Cómo las periodistas feministas están sacudiendo el panorama mediático en español

Cada vez nacen más medios y proyectos que informan de manera alternativa sobre diversos temas, desde economía hasta belleza. Aunque su sostenibilidad económica sigue siendo un reto. English.

How feminist journalists are shaking up the Spanish language media

A growing number of new media projects are providing alternative coverage of topics from economics to beauty. But the challenge of financial sustainability remains. Español.

Tackling the trolls: how women are fighting back against online bullies

Refusing to be silent, women are leading research, campaigns and new strategies to stop trolls and create safer online spaces.

La explotación del arte de las mujeres mayas es una historia de racismo, sexismo y capitalismo global

Los cuerpos, el trabajo y el conocimiento de las mujeres mayas han sido explotados durante siglos. Es una vieja historia, ahora con un giro neoliberal. English.

The exploitation of Mayan women’s art is a story of racism, sexism – and global capitalism

Mayan women’s bodies, labour and knowledge have been exploited for centuries. This is an old story, with a neoliberal twist. Español.

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.

Video: Trump's anti-immigrant policies aren’t all that different from our own

The state-sanctioned backlash against migrant rights is transatlantic. At a protest against Trump in London, we asked people about the parallels between US and UK policies.

Why the Women’s March sees Trump’s UK visit as ‘a glorious opportunity’

Thousands plan to march in London on Friday and also raise awareness of impacts of government policies on vulnerable women in the UK.

Why the world needs a Vagina Museum to combat shame and stigma about women’s sexuality

Talking about vaginas and vulvas remains taboo – and this can have serious consequences for our health. Español.

How did Northern Ireland lawmakers carve out an anti-abortion ‘ghetto’ within the UK?

Northern Ireland remains a blind spot for equality for women and members of the LGBTIQ community. Will Ireland’s abortion referendum change this?

The Backlash podcast episode 3: why we need feminist investigative journalism

At the 2018 International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, 50.50 organised a panel on feminist investigative journalism with Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, Crina Boros, and Claudia Torrisi.

Revealed: the US ‘Christian fundamentalists’ behind new Netflix film on millennial sex lives

A new film about youth ‘hookup culture’ follows students at ‘Spring Break’ beach parties in Florida. Does it have a hidden agenda?

Listen to a recorded audio version of this article courtesy of curio.io.

Girls at Dhabas: challenging issues of safety, or ‘respectability’ in urban Pakistan?

“You need to understand,” I told the reporter. “These are baby steps, but important steps, for fuller participation in the public sphere.”

Feminist bots vs right-wing trolls: Brazil’s gender justice movements cross new frontiers

Abortion has long been criminalised in Brazil. It is an issue that many have all but given up on – except for feminist movements.

How women in the Balkans are using social media to fight sexism

Women are primary targets of bias and online harassment in the Balkans. Now, a growing number are using the internet to fight back.

The Backlash podcast episode 2: "you can't eat a condom"

Anti-choice activists at the United Nations argue that rural women need food, not reproductive choice. But unsafe abortions kill women.

'The Tories cut, we bleed': the story of Women’s Lives Matter in Doncaster

Joyce Sheppard talks about the campaign to save South Yorkshire’s Women’s Aid – one of many domestic violence services impacted by government cuts.

How the UN women’s talks failed to call out corporate power – letting down our human rights defenders

Last month’s Commission on the Status of Women talks failed to tackle corporate impunity, despite increasingly recognised risks to women human rights defenders.

#MeToo in Japan: 'I was told not to bring shame on the country, with my story’

Journalist Shiori Ito spoke about her own experience of sexual assault in 2017 – a year marked by allegations against powerful men. Then came the backlash.

Thanks to social media, do teenage girls like Ahed Tamimi now have the power to influence wars?

Social media has enabled girls and young women to influence contemporary conflicts in new ways, according to 'War in 140 Characters' author David Patrikarakos.

Video: feminist activists speak out against corporate impunity

Human rights abuses. Plundered resources. #Feminists4BindingTreaty explain why corporations must be held accountable for their impacts around the world.

Illustration: imagining a feminist future together

A feminist future must be imagined before it can be created – and here art and illustration can play a powerful role.

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