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Policy Brief
বাংলাদেশের পারিবারিক সহিংসতা আইন বাস্তবায়নে নেতিবাচক প্রতিক্রিয়া (ব্যাকল্যাশ) প্রতিরোধ
Maheen Sultan, Pragyna Mahpara

নারী ও শিশু নির্যাতন দমন আইন এবং পারিবারিক সহিংসতা (প্রতিরোধ ও সুরক্ষা) আইন ২০১০- এর মতো আইন থাকা সত্ত্বেও বাংলাদেশে পারিবারিক সহিংসতার হার অনেক বেশি। বাংলাদেশ পরিসংখ্যান ব্যুরোর তথ্য অনুযায়ী, প্রতি পাঁচজন নারীর মধ্যে প্রায় তিনজন (৫৭.৭%) তাদের জীবদ্দশায় কোনো না কোনো ধরনের শারীরিক, যৌন বা মানসিক সহিংসতার শিকার হয়েছেন। […]

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Policy, Voice, Research, Bangladesh
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Policy Brief
Countering Backlash in the Implementation of Bangladesh’s Domestic Violence Act
Maheen Sultan, Pragyna Mahpara

Domestic violence rates are high in Bangladesh in spite of laws such as the Nari o Shishu Nirjatan Domon Ain and the DVPPA 2010. According to data from the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, almost three in every five women (57.7%) have experienced some form of physical, sexual, or emotional violence in their lifetime. […]

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Policy, Voice, Research, Bangladesh
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Journal Paper
Anti-Gender Discourse in Serbian Media
Marijana Stojčić, Nađa Bobičić

This paper seeks to lay out a critical feminist analysis of anti-gender discourse in 843 media texts published in Serbia from January 1, 2019 to October 31, 2022. A database with the largest coverage of mainstream news was selected. […]

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Research, Serbia
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Journal Paper
Patriarchal (Dis)orders: Backlash as Crisis Management
Jerker Edström, Alan Greig, Chloe Skinner

This article examines more global dynamics of backlash, exploring the question of why and how it has emerged with greater intensity in recent years, and how we can better understand it. […]

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Patriarchy, Research, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Serbia, Turkey, Uganda
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Storybook
Reversing Domestic Workers’ Rights: Stories of Backlash and Resilience in Delhi
Gender at Work Consulting India

‘Reversing Domestic Workers’ Rights: Stories of Backlash and Resilience in Delhi’ is a timely and important new ‘storybook’ produced by Gender at Work Consulting – India. It shares 12 stories from domestic workers living in Delhi NCR, and the often-tragic tales of their lives. […]

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Policy, Voice, Research, India
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Briefing Note
Backlash in Action? Or Inaction? Stalled Implementation of the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2010 in Bangladesh
Maheen Sultan, Pragyna Mahpara

This paper explores the lax implementation of the Domestic Violence Act, and how it is effecting gender backlash in Bangladesh. It also examines how women’s rights organisations have articulated feminist voices in terms of agenda and framing and used collective agency to counter the pushback. […]

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Policy, Voice, Research, Bangladesh
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Working Paper
Mothers vs Children: Co-opting Child Rights as Gender Backlash
Raisa Philip

This paper examines how progressive rights frameworks are used as gender backlash tools to suppress feminist activism. The author engages with the events following Rehana Fathima’s political act ‘Body and Politics’, which faced strong backlash in the form of censure through law, and discourse capture. […]

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Research, India
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Working Paper
Unravelling Backlash in the Journey of Legislating Sexual Offences in Uganda
Amon Ashaba Mwiine, Josephine Ahikire, Jovah Katushabe, Harriet Pamara, Aklam Amanya

This paper interrogates the reality of gender backlash in Uganda by tracing the process of legislating on the 2019 Sexual Offences Bill (SOB). We trace the early beginnings of the Bill by highlighting the motivation that guided the framing of the Bill, the role of individual actors and alliances in pushing for the gender equity reform, and the oppositional forces against the reform. Working with participatory forms of qualitative research methods, the focus on the legislative cycle of the SOB as a policy case aimed to enable us to understand what constitutes backlash, and its drivers and manifestations. […]

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Policy, Research, Uganda
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Briefing Note
Grasping Patriarchal Backlash: A Brief for Smarter Countermoves
Jerker Edström, Ayesha Khan, Alan Greig, Chloe Skinner

Nearly three decades ago the UN World Conference on Women at Beijing appeared to be uniting the international community around the most progressive platform for women’s rights in history. Instead of steady advancement, we have seen uneven progress, backsliding, co-option, and a recent rising tide of patriarchal backlash. […]

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Patriarchy, Research
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Working Paper
Caste and Gender Backlash: A Study of the #MeToo Movement in Tertiary Education in Kolkata, India
Madhurima Sanyal

In the light of the #MeToo movement, this paper explores how the positionality (in terms of caste and class) of female university students in Kolkata, India is employed as an instrument of backlash to pushback their efforts at making progressive change with regard to sexual harassment. […]

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Patriarchy, Research, India
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Special Issue
Feminist protests and politics in a world in crisis
Sohela Nazneen, Awino Okech

To explore the challenges to feminist and gender justice activism and to identify new energies in the field, Sohela Nazneen and Awino Okech have guest-edited the Gender & Development journal’s special double issue on Feminist protests and politics in a world of crisis. […]

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Voice, Research, Brazil, India, Kenya, Pakistan
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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