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Think Change episode 28: how can we counter the anti-feminist backlash?

Written by Sara Pantuliano, Evelyne Opondo, Ayesha Khan, Maliha Khan, Alvaro Bermejo


On the cusp of the Women Deliver Conference in Kigali, Rwanda this episode explores the growing anti-rights agenda relating to women and sexual minorities.

Women’s rights and freedoms are being compromised and are under threat in many parts of the world. Well-funded, ultra conservative forces are pushing a narrative which directly targets the liberties of women, girls and sexual minorities.

How can we counter the anti-feminist backlash in a coordinated and effective way? Can advocates for women’s rights work together to confront and dismantle this dangerous trend? And what role can global pacts and policy movements play in the face of landmark legislation such as Roe v Wade being overturned?

We speak to four experts heading to Kigali about the challenges, and reflect on how feminist movements might come together to present a coordinated response.


  • Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive, ODI
  • Maliha Khan, President and CEO, Women Deliver
  • Evelyne Opondo, Director, International Center for Research on Women, Africa
  • Alvaro Bermejo, Director General, International Planned Parenthood Federation
  • Ayesha Khan, Senior Research Fellow, ODI

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