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.
Billionaires, backlash and the phallic symbolism of space colonisation
Chloe Skinner

Billionaires burning inordinate amounts of fossil fuels to undertake their own personal joyrides into space have occupied international headlines this month, in what has sickeningly been dubbed the “billionaire space race”. Meanwhile, rolling news of floods, fires, and droughts continues, […]

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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
Reinterpreting the global tide of patriarchal backlash
Jerker Edström

This week we learned that US conservative state lawmakers have proposed more than 110 ‘anti-trans bills’ across America.  Coming only a month after a UN envoy – on the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention – warned of a pandemic of violence against women, we […]

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Patriarchy, Convening

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