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“Francesc”

Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Housing activists stand up to dodgy landlords and council bullies

The Grenfell tower fire forced a public debate on housing inequality in London. Tenants have long been at the mercy of landlords, private and social. But resistance is growing.

Populism has no side

Multiple forms of populisms may threaten our common future. Our role as progressive intellectuals is to contribute to clarify what is at stake and propose a new way forward. Español

Women’s rights in the EU: a privilege for some women?

The European Commission’s annual colloquium on fundamental rights calls for reflection on ‘intersectionality’. A trendy buzzword for policy makers, but can it lead to equality in practice for all women?

Moment of truth for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island

Australia can end this human rights tragedy. Wherever they end up eventually, the Australian government needs to immediately bring these men to safety.

The invisible #MeToo: how anonymous testimony can help survivors of sexual abuse

A college campus project showed me how anonymity can give survivors critical freedom to tell their truth, free from judgement or interruption.

Poland on fire: voices from the provinces

There is a growing atmosphere of hatred in which anyone who opposes the current government is labeled the ‘worst sort’, or even ‘Soviet murderers’.

Sexual harassment at work: Italy misses out on Weinstein-inspired moment of reckoning

Instead of opening a conversation about workplace sexual harassment, the Italian debate has focused on shaming those who come forward.

‘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”.

“We are all equal, but in the very long run”

There is complete social mobility - the only problem is that the process takes some three hundred years. Interview. Español

"¿Somos todos iguales? Sí, pero a muy largo plazo"

Existe total movilidad social. El problema es que el proceso tarda unos trescientos años. Entrevista. English

ذكوريتي التي غلبت إنسانيتي

أنا نسوي التوجه، ويوجد كثير من الذكور في هذا المجتمع يؤمنون بهذا التوجه الفكري، فالنسوية ليست سُبة أو إهانة إذا وُصف بها الذكور، النسوية تجعل الذكور أقل ذكورية وأكثر إنسانية.

أنا_سمية: التحرش في مصر، قصة لا تنتهي#

"سمية، لا أملك مالًا لأعطيك إياه، ولست طبيبة لأجري لك العملية بدون مقابل، لا أملك سوى قلمي ولذلك رويت قصتك لعل أحدهم يهتم ويساعدك بشكل أو بآخر."

Living without men: women-only organising is as old as time

As long as patriarchal societies dominate, we shouldn’t be surprised to see women turning to single-sex spaces for safety and solidarity.

Italian free radio: giving a voice to the people

“We have about 15,000 supporters who give a fixed share each year. And that is something special. We are not just a radio, we are a community.”

Why Catalonia does not deserve to be independent

If we accept such self-serving and irresponsible arguments in one case, the whole of Europe is gone.

The antirumours strategy and multi-level learning

In 2014, the Council of Europe led a European project to adapt and evaluate the antirumours methodology in 10 European cities. Now the interest is worldwide.

In pictures: Chouftouhonna – a North African feminist festival

This unique arts festival began in 2015, in post-revolutionary Tunisia. This year it challenged patriarchy, gender roles, and class privileges.

New media must throw old ideas overboard

“Crucially, new models must consider the challenges of not just what is covered, but by whom and through what processes.”

Whither journalism?

“An unintended consequence of objectivity is a distancing so great that some communities are left feeling unseen or misunderstood. This attitude, not new technologies, is the root of journalism’s disappearing audience.”

Can a feminist tech collective help end the silence around LGBTQ+ domestic abuse?

The Supernova Project is a new online platform that aims to provide crucial information and support to those in queer relationships.

The national conversation: free, open and broad debate

In the UK, do we see political polarisation facilitated by politically partisan websites and social media, or the disintegration of a governing consensus?

All refugees want to go home. Right?

Wanting to return home and restore one’s country should be a choice, not an obligation placed upon you by those also claiming to offer you protection.

El nacionalismo como sustituto de la igualdad

La igualdad no se logrará solo con la redistribución, sino basándonos en las relaciones personales entre los ciudadanos. Para reducir la desigualdad y combatir al populismo hay que rehabilitar la igualdad. English

Solidarity under attack

How migrant activism in Italy (and beyond) is criminalised and used as a scapegoat for failed EU migration politics.

The New York Declaration on refugees: one year on

The New York Declaration called for states to ease pressure on less-developed countries like Lebanon, Jordan, and Ethiopia that host the most refugees.

How anti-abortion extremists are exploiting #BlackLivesMatter to vilify African-American women

Fighting anti-choice campaigns requires more than a gendered approach – reproductive justice demands direct anti-racist work too.

EU approval of Sri Lankan labour standards whitewashes abuse

Workers are not poor and disadvantaged because they have been left behind. They are poor because they are being robbed.

We need a new, radical vision of feminist sisterhood

The racism of white feminists, whether overt or covert, contributes to the oppression of women of colour, and holds the movement back.

Migration and sexual abuse in Italy: inside a toxic news cycle

Italian newspapers have abandoned their fact-checking role, giving in to the political exploitation of immigrants – a sensitive issue ahead of next year’s elections.

Brother, where art thou? Libya, spaces of violence and the diffusion of knowledge

The decreasing number of migrants arriving on Italian shores does not mean that the people stopped fleeing persecution, violence, or poverty, but simply stopped arriving. Where are they? 

Human Rights Council condemns reprisals amidst unprecedented rate of cases in MENA region

One can only wonder how the HRC can maintain its credibility while its member states are actively working against the council’s very raison d’être of protecting human rights.

The Israeli algorithm criminalizing Palestinians for online dissent

Israeli intelligence has developed a predictive policing system – a computer algorithm – that analyzes social media posts to identify Palestinian “suspects.”

The Islamophobia industry

The prevalence of Islamophobia in liberal discourse is part of the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim, anti-refugee and anti-migrant racism that many believe to be the territory of the far right. Book review.

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”?

الربيع العربي..عودة للأسباب وتصحيح اتجاهات أصابع الاتهام

العوامل الموضوعية المؤدية إلى انفجار الثورات العربية تكاد تكون متطابقة في معظم الدول العربية، وكانت شرارة الاحتجاجات، وإن لم تلعب الدور الأكبر في استمرارها، تباين مساراتها لاحقاً.

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