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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.

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What’s next for the MeToo movement?

At the Council of Europe’s annual World Forum for Democracy – which this year is focused on gender equality – we asked five activists one simple question.

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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Comedy that targets oppressed groups is outdated.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.

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.

Attacks against women health workers show how workplace violence hurts us all

Violence in the health sector, where a majority of workers are women, accounts for a quarter of assaults at work – impacting societies at large.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

Ten resources if you’ve experienced targeted hate online

Online abuse of women and LGBTQ people is relentless. But there are resources to support you, from digital security to self-care tips.

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.

Attacks on women's ministries are a threat to democracy

Women’s ministries in Brazil and beyond have been under attack from the right for years – foreshadowing wider threats to democracy.

Why the United Nations security council must let women speak freely

Women’s civil society advocates were long excluded from the security council. This is changing, but they must be allowed to speak freely.

‘Anger is language of justice’ says author of new book on women’s rage

What have women got to be angry about? A lot, according to writer and critic Soraya Chemaly who talks about her new book Rage Becomes Her.

#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.

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