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Feminist protests and politics in a world of crisis
Sohela Nazneen

Feminist activism and organising for gender justice are rapidly evolving. We are seeing new energies and new ways of building a feminist future. This is happening in a time of multiple and interconnected crises, adversely impacting women’s, trans folk’s and […]

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Patriarchy, Policy, Voice, Research, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Lebanon
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By banning ‘gender ideology’ Bolsonaro feeds his far-right ideals
Maíra Kubík Mano

In Jair Bolsonaro’s 2019 inauguration, he swore to ‘combat gender ideology’ and ‘preserve’ familial values. ‘Brazil will once again be a country free of ideological bonds’ he declared – as if what he was stating wasn’t ideological at all. This […]

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Patriarchy, Brazil
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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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Patriarchy
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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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Then and now: limits to gender justice in Uganda
David N. Tshimba

Ever since the inaugural celebrations of the International Women’s Day 110 years ago, humanity has been exhorted to challenge the status quo to actualise women’s empowerment and, ultimately, equitable benefit for all. Uganda too, in both its colonial and post-independence […]

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Patriarchy, Policy, Uganda
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COVID-19 and government inaction leaves domestic workers in crisis in India
Shraddha Chigateri

In recent years, India has seen a wide-ranging retrenchment of hard-won labour rights with serious consequences for working communities in general, and for the rights of women workers. This has only worsened since the onset of the global pandemic and […]

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India
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Backlash in the digital space in Bangladesh
Iffat Jahan Antara, Mehid Hasan

Bangladesh has a rich history of social and political struggles and movements for independence, democracy, constitutional rights, punishment for war crimes,  justice against rape and many other social injustices. Protests are faced with backlash and resistance in the forms of […]

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Women take centre stage at India’s ongoing efforts to curb dissent
Aayushi Aggarwal, Kausumi Saha

Over the last few years, India has faced a series of backlash against feminist and progressive politics. There have been concentrated efforts to close spaces for democratic dissent and democratic accountability in the public sphere. This has happened simultaneously with […]

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India
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Reclaiming gender discourse to fightback against backlash
Tessa Lewin

The convergence of a global gender backlash, with the gendered impact of COVID-19, including the significant increase in the burden of unpaid care, and levels of domestic violence, presents both a rather bleak picture and an opportunity to galvanise for […]

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Trump’s Defeat: Celebrate, Recharge and Resist
Chloe Skinner

Donald Trump was defeated earlier this month in the 2020 US presidential election. He is still yet to formally concede, but at present – in these bleak times –  progressives everywhere have cause for celebration. This is especially the case […]

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The state of anti-feminist backlash in Bangladesh
Fabiha Huq, Sabina Faiz Rashid

Our perspective on anti-feminist backlash in Bangladesh is based on understandings of structural, political, economic and social forces, and the dynamic power exchange between distinct groups which lead to progress or backlash. In this non-linear narrative of progress and backlash, […]

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Bangladesh
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Feminist and progressive politics face a backlash in India
Shraddha Chigateri

India is in the throes of a period of seismic backlash against feminist and progressive politics, and the pace of change, particularly since the outbreak of the pandemic, has been breakneck with serious consequences for women’s equality and human rights. The pandemic, […]

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