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Claire Provost

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

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Persistent inequality: disputing the legacy of the pink tide in Latin America

Under the title 'Persistent inequality' we are launching a series of articles that analyses why the advances in the struggle against inequality in the pink tide cycle have been much more limited than expected. Español

Anti-feminism and anti-gender far right politics in Europe and beyond

The proclaimed support of the EU for gender equality is seen as one element in a wider programme of colonization, whereby what was once Marxism is now replaced by gender politics. Book review.

Putting class back onto the UK's equality agenda

The directors of a new documentary about class stratification in Britain’s acting profession argue that class needs to be added back into the UK Equality Act.

South Tyrol – a distorting mirror for Vienna, Rome and liberal London

Three capitals – the financial and military heart, the bridge with eastern Europe, and the ancient caput mundi on the Mediterranean – form a triangle, at whose centre emerges South Tyrol.

The UN secretary general isn’t yet what feminists were looking for

António Guterres showed real leadership on gender equality in 2017, but his first year in office fell short of our hopes for transformative change.

Meeting Lofa

“In the Kenyan camp there are second generation and third generation refugees,” I said, “Can you imagine somebody being in there on a permanently temporary basis? It’s hopeless.” It opened their eyes a bit I hope.

Colombia: las 6 acciones más violentas del 2017

El 2017 fue el primer año de implementación del Acuerdo de Paz entre el gobierno y las FARC. Aunque las muertes se han reducido considerablemente, Colombia siguió siendo un país golpeado por demasiada violencia. English

Reclaiming the right to life: hunger strikes and protests in Denmark’s deportation centres

This movement aims to make public the consequences of this politics of dehumanisation; politics that ‘kill slowly’ which are structurally produced and legitimized by law. 

A declaration from North Africa: food sovereignty is a right

We stand against the plunder of peoples’ resources by multinationals and financial capital and against all forms of discrimination and racism.

Poverty, inequality and discrimination in Latin America

When governments are seeking to reduce poverty based on discrimination and increase access to the enjoyment of rights, policies must also aim to reduce discrimination due to historical factors. Español

Pobreza, desigualdad y discriminación en América Latina

Cuando los gobiernos buscan disminuir la discriminación por pobreza y asegurar el acceso al disfrute de derechos, deben al mismo tiempo hacer un esfuerzo por reducir la discriminación por factores históricos. English

Childless proletarians: ten years after the ‘great recession’, would you start from here?

Far-right populism, with its emphasis on nationalism, cultural ‘purity’, anti-immigration, and security, might become a much stronger catalyser of votes, even where this has not yet happened.

The business of migration control in Spain

The migration control industry is a complex business. It carries out and influences a system designed to stop the flow of people, not to handle it. Español

El negocio del control migratorio en España

La industria del control migratorio es un negocio complejo que ejecuta e influye un sistema concebido para detener el flujo de personas, no para gobernarlo. English

¿Qué violencias en América Latina?

En colaboración con la Facultad de Humanidades de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile, profundizamos el debate y el conocimiento de realidades tan diversas como complejas ante las intolerables violencias en Latinoamérica. English

Which violence in Latin America?

In partnership with the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Santiago de Chile, we discuss the many-sided reality of the multiple and complex forms of violence in the region. Español

Sisi, the guardian of sexual morals

The repression of the LGBT community in Egypt stems from the colonial legacy of imperialism and is driven by the middle class in its attempts to create its own version of “modernity.”       

Christian ‘legal army’ in hundreds of court battles worldwide

Women’s rights advocates say controversial US legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom is ‘exporting extreme ideologies worldwide’ against sexual and reproductive rights.

The battle between Syrian secular activists and feminists: we all lose

Yet another pushback for Syrian women to leave the public spaces for the powerful men who behave as if these spaces are their ownership.

Carmena's city: from 2011 to the present day, how Madrid tried to change the world

The host city for Transeuropa, surfing or drowning in the waves of governing for change?

In defence of Damien Green

How could a defender of human rights on so many occasions turn so quickly into being an inquisitor?

Giorgio Antonucci: a life for the liberation of the powerless

The open wards directed by Giorgio were an oasis of freedom in a desert of coercion. In memoriam.

A year on from the opening of ‘la bulle’: an invisible crisis driven underground

“I left Afghanistan because I didn’t want to kill for the Taliban... I could not do that, but European life is very dangerous too: I never thought it would be like this.”

Towards Nazi Australia

When the militarized interests of the nation trump the rights of citizens to challenge the actions of our government towards vulnerable ‘Others’, we are moving in a Nazi direction.

Representative politics in an era of everyday mobilisation

" The problem is not populism. The problem is when mainstream parties adopt the ideology of populism."  A report-back from the World Forum for Democracy 2017 closing session.

Beyond fact-checking: the media, populism and post-truth politics

Why do people want to believe what they do? They want meaningful lives. Why do it this way? A report-back from the Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy 2017.

"The first prejudice to fight was mine": Italy's only publicly trans police officer

Italy is one of Europe's most transphobic countries, and its laws – and rates of violence – reflect that.

East Jerusalem: How Israel is building a “time bomb”

If the Israeli authorities do not recognize the destructive ramifications of its own security rationale, it will not only harm Palestinians but Jewish-Israelis as well.

Long live the struggle!

A statement by the #she_defends campaign on the international day for the elimination of violence against women: the fight for justice continues!

Northern Ireland police must stop intimidating equality activists

The force can't claim to be progressive whilst cracking down on those protesting hateful conservatism and oppressive, misogynistic laws.

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.

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