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Claire Provost

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

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Feminist comedians are laughing at privilege – and it’s funny

Comedy that targets oppressed groups is outdated. These feminists are using humour to speak truth to power.

Evangelicals in Guatemala on verge of ‘legalising homophobia’

A "nefarious" bill on ‘life and family’ is the first-ever drafted by the country's evangelical churches, reflecting their growth – and ambition.

Del fascismo al populismo. Aclaraciones indispensables

El fascismo no ha muerto, siempre ha estado allí. Pero no es el populismo. No puede utilizarse el término para descalificar sin reparar en las diferencias. Entrevista

La política de la protesta en Argentina

La vida política de la Argentina está marcada por una activa práctica de la protesta social, elemento clave para entender la dinámica política del país durante lo que va del siglo XXI. English

The politics of protest in Argentina

Political life in Argentina is characterized by a particularly active culture of social protest. This is a key element to understanding political dynamics throughout the 21st century. Español

#ArchivoDemoAbierta2018: a year of environmental challenges

The protection of the environment is so crucial for upholding democracy that however the subject is approached, it is often impossible to express the real magnitude of the issue. That’s why we present some of the most important environmental conflicts of 2018. Español

Yellow fever in France

Almost everyone agrees on the analysis of what caused this movement: the growth of inequalities, the marginalization of certain regions and social categories, austerity and neoliberal politics. Then accounts diverge.

Argentina, el G20 y las movilizaciones en su contra

Cuando entramos en una nueva fase de neoliberalismo autoritario marcado por el avance del neofascismo es esencial que sigamos fortaleciendo los lazos entre los movimientos que luchan contra las estructuras de opresión.  English

Argentina, the G20, and the mobilisations against it

As we are entering a new phase of authoritarian neoliberalism it is essential that we continue strengthening ties between movements fighting the structures of oppression and advance in the construction of better worlds.

How one woman is mapping femicides in Mexico

From her home and cafés in Mexico City, María Salguero is filling in the gaps left by official data on gender-related killings.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

Heed Monday’s anniversary, for talk of rights is increasingly becoming hazardous to health in vast parts of the globe

Message from Commercy: the time of the communes still rings out!

Commercy's Yellow Vests offer a political solution to the movement: autonomous local committees, direct democracy, sovereign general assembly, delegates with a precise mandate revocable at any time, rotating responsibilities.

Why the ‘Me Too’ movement in India is succeeding at last

Centuries of entrenched patriarchy cannot be upturned in a month. But this country finally looks ready for a feminist overhaul.

How feminist campaigner Shannon Downey changed her mind on abortion

The activist talks about how her mum prompted an epiphany on abortion rights. 

4 días de trabajo, 3 días de ocio: ¿ha llegado la hora de reclamar la semana laboral de 4 días en Europa?

Las exigencias del neoliberalismo ponen en grave peligro el tiempo libre del que disponemos. Pero los trabajadores, los sindicatos y los activistas de toda Europa están organizando el contraataque. English

Para derrotar a la ultraderecha hay que distinguirla del fascismo histórico

El triunfo de Bolsonaro en Brasil encierra importantes lecciones para la izquierda mundial. Para ganar la batalla a la ultraderecha, las izquierdas deben entender que se enfrentan a un enemigo fragmentado diferente del unitario fascismo histórico. English

How Christian conservatives are trying to influence the media in Ukraine

The Novomedia forum in Kyiv offered an up-close look at the communications strategies of internationally-connected ultra-conservatives.

Fortress Europe: Macron hikes university fees for non-EU students

The students that the government is hoping to dissuade from studying in France are the young people of its former colonies. How does this square with ‘patriotism as openness’?

‘Now, every woman knows she needs to fight violence everywhere’

Congolese activist Julienne Lusenge talks about the struggle to end wartime sexual violence and why she appreciates the MeToo campaign.

¿Por qué esta ola de delitos financieros a nivel mundial?

Los delitos financieros no son ningún error de funcionamiento, sino una característica de nuestro sistema financiero global. Este precursor mensaje de la economista Susan Strange es hoy más urgente que nunca. English

Brexit – the big swindle, a European view

We need to understand better why citizens’ rights have become, together with the Northern Irish question, such an incandescent issue in the Brexit negotiations.

La muerte del periodista Vladimir Herzog y la democracia en Brasil

Tanto Jair Bolsonaro como su vicepresidente, Antônio Mourão, son ex militares. La situación en Brasil, inquietantemente, recuerda la de 1964. English

#EscúchameTambién | 6 voices against gender based violence in Latin America

We present 6 activists fighting against gender based violence across Latin America to give women a voice and to defend their dignity. Español

Diversity in UK film: when is a breakthrough a breakthrough?

It is a story told easily in numbers that eloquently, embarrassingly set out the scale of a problem, and the fairness and effectiveness lacking from a British industrial success.

How Kenyan women are fighting for themselves in court

Winner of the Council of Europe’s 2018 Democracy Innovation Award talks about training women to represent themselves in Kenyan courts.

'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.

#EscúchameTambién | María, Hermelinda, Susana, Taya, Dora y Bellanir: 6 voces contra la violencia de género en América Latina

Te presentamos 6 activistas contra la violencia de género poco conocidas que luchan de norte a sur del continente para dar voz a las mujeres y defender su dignidad. English

Between a wall and a hard place: what now for Hondurans in Tijuana?

Who could have imagined that a group of poor people with little more than plastic flip-flops on their feet and 200 lempiras (8 dollars) in their pockets could have accomplished such a triumph? Español

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.

The Backlash podcast episode 5: targeted hate

Social media propaganda. Data-mining. Foreign interference in Ireland's abortion referendum. The backlash against our rights goes online.

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.

#JusticiaParaImelda: the difficult battle for women’s rights in Central America

Whilst we await the postponed trial of Imelda Cortez for the 17th of December, the battle to tear down legal barriers that stand in the way of gender equality looks set to continue for Central American women. Español

Estas no son maneras de llevar las cosas en el mundo

Diez años después de la crisis financiera, estamos en vías de repetirla. English

El decrecimiento como utopía concreta

El crecimiento económico no reduce las desigualdades; simplemente pospone enfrentar la explotación. English

Diez años después de la crisis financiera, estamos a punto de repetirla

Corremos el riesgo de repetir el 2008, pero a mayor escala. De producirse, otra vez los súper ricos saldrán de ella todavía más ricos – y ésta no es manera de llevar las cosas. English

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