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Mobilising for change: how women’s social movements are transforming gender norms

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Written by Diana Jiménez Thomas Rodriguez, Caroline Harper, Rachel George

Image credit:Original illustration provided by Maia Bergh, Design by Maia. November, 2021.

Social movements are key agents of social and political change, especially in transformations towards gender justice.

This ALIGN Report reviews current literature from around the world on women’s leadership and their participation in feminist and social movements, exploring their contribution to gender norm change. Drawing on evidence largely from Latin America, Northern Africa and Middle East, as well as the rest of the African continent, South and Southeastern Asia, the report outlines the ways in which women-led social movements contribute to transforming patriarchal norms.

Women's and feminist movements do important work in their contexts to initiate societal transformations towards equality and justice. To bring about change, activists primarily occupy public space, lobby governments, create alliances, and appeal to international regimes to pursue legal or policy change. They use an array of tactics to raise awareness, including artistic performances, providing services and running educational workshops and even the #FeministStrike. These are most likely to be used to contest and renegotiate gender roles and relations.

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