The 30th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995, and the 10th anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are fast approaching. And with global progress on gender justice on the rise around the world, we must find ways to combat gender backlash now.

The Countering Backlash programme has produced an IDS Bulletin on ‘Understanding Gender Backlash: Southern Perspectives’. It includes contributions, insights, and expert knowledge from programme partners in diverse locations including Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.

This Bulletin addresses the urgent question of how we can better understand the recent swell of anti-gender backlash across different regions, exploring different types of actors, interests, narratives, and tactics for backlash in different places, policy areas, and processes. In this event — ahead of International Women’s Day 2024 — speakers reflected on their articles and shared key findings from their research. The panel dthen answered questions from the audience.  


  • 7 March 2024


  • Josephine Akihire, Centre for Basic Research
  • Amon Mwiine, Centre for Basic Research
  • Ishrat Jahan, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health
  • Sudarshana Kundu, Gender at Work Consulting – India
  • Shraddha Chigateri, Gender at Work Consulting – India
  • Sohela Nazneen, IDS
  • Jerker Edström, IDS


  • Andrea Cornwall, King’s College London