Major political and social shifts are resulting in new forces and alliances that are visibly pushing back, stifling the possibilities of equal women’s rights and gender justice.

Gender justice
is under attack.

How can we counter
backlash together?

What is needed for women’s rights organisations and gender justice defenders to counter backlash and the subtle erosion of gender transformative discourse, policy, and practice?

A five year global research programme to
Share diverse experience and knowledge
Build new knowledge of these complex phenomena
Identify strategies to counter backlash
Engaged research and capacity building across networks and strategic partnerships.
Brazil. Bangladesh. India. Lebanon. Uganda. Kenya.

What's Happening?


Gender justice is increasingly contested the world over. Yet, equity across the genders is a critical foundation of human rights and sustainable development.

Backlash wages against the possibilities of transformative gender justice. To counter it, we must understand its diverse manifestations - from the subtle to the spectacular, the hidden to the explicit.

Solidarity, collaboration, and co-creation are the greatest tools in the box to mutually resist and counter coordinated and global attacks on gender and social justice.
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Event: Engaging men and boys on gender issues in India

Global progress on gender equality is under attack. Engaging men and boys on gender issues is a key way we can counter gender backlash. This seminar was a collaboration between Countering Backlash, Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), and Men […]

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Patriarchy, Convening, India, Kenya
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Countering patriarchal backlash against gender justice series summary
Jerker Edström

Co-hosted with the Men Engage Alliance and Countering Backlash at the MenEngage Ubuntu Symposium this series explored the global patriarchal backlash. […]

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Patriarchy, Convening
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Research report
Masculinities and Transition: Enduring Privilege?
Jerker Edström, Ramy Aly, Alan Greig, Charlie Walker, Svitlana Babenko, Meriç Çağlar, Diana T Kudaibergenova, Catherine Müller

This 2019 study focusing on Egypt, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Ukraine, include findings that progress on women’s economic advancement remains constrained by persistent and pervasive gender stereotypes, reinforcing gender segregation at work and the gendered division of labour at home, even though all of the countries are in the midst of transitions to more modern market economies. […]

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Patriarchy, Research

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