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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Research report
Sexuality, Development and Non-conforming Desire in the Arab World: The Case of Lebanon and Egypt
M.S. Mohamed

This report argues that neither Egypt nor Lebanon are said to offer social or legal environments that are supportive of sexual and gender nonconformists (SGNs). […]

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Policy, Research, Lebanon
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Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice: What’s Law Got to Do with It?
Arturo Sánchez García, Elizabeth Mills, Kay Lalor, Polly Haste

This collection explores different processes by which activists and other actors have worked for change, interrogates what we mean when we talk about ‘solidarity’, and questions the usefulness and place of law. […]

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Policy, Research, India, Uganda
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A Critical Analysis of Public Policies on Education and LGBT Rights in Brazil
Ilana Mountian

This audit analyses key aspects of public policies in education and sexuality in Brazil, which were designed as part of the wider 2004 programme ‘Brazil Without Homophobia’ (BWH – Programa Brasil sem Homofobia). […]

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Policy, Research, Brazil

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