“Tracking the Backlash”: Feminist Investigative Journalists Uncover Organized Opposition to Reproductive Rights

openDemocracy’s “Tracking the Backlash” uncovers the organized opposition to sexual and reproductive rights including from religious right, far-right and other ‘anti-gender’ movements—in lockstep with the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.

“Our 15 feminist investigative journalists produce ambitious, cross-border journalism and impactful storytelling that challenge sexism, homophobia and racism worldwide—and in the media,” said Tatev Hovhannisyan, editor Europe and Eurasia on openDemocracy’s “Tracking the Backlash” project.

How Digital Media is Threatening Women’s Rights and Democracy

As feminist activists take advantage of the U.N. Women 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence globally and as the U.S. Department of State Summit for Democracy launches in the United States, we must recognize that women who challenge the status quo and speak out against injustice and inequality are facing an increasing amount of online abuse.

Gendered disinformation and online abuse against women in politics are not only a problem for the women who are targeted, but undermine women’s rights and democracy at large. 

High School Youth Create Social Media Space to Share Stories of Sexual Violence: “Like an Unearthing Moment”

When Sarah created the Piedmont Protectors Instagram account in July 2020, the Bay Area high school student wanted a platform for students to share their stories of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment in their community.

Though Piedmont High School only has 840 students, the account gained over 1,500 within the first week. After three days of being live, there were already over 90 posts anonymously reporting and documenting sexual assault, harassment and rape in the Piedmont Unified School District student community. 

Women Climate Leaders Aren’t Satisfied With COP 26. You Shouldn’t Be Either

Women are at the forefront of local, national and global environmental movements as both the greatest victims and greatest fighters of climate change—yet men continue to make most of the decisions to combat the destruction that they themselves designed.

Multi-generational female environmental activists react to the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP 26, their thoughts on what needs to be done to combat environmental destruction, and their idea of real, sustainable global change.

Here and Queer in Rural America

Mainstream framings often equate being LGBTQ+ with being urban, but queer people have always existed in areas of the country considered “rural.” Now, the idealized American value of “rugged individualism” is actively being challenged by diverse queer rural Americans through vibrant community-building.