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Women's organising and resistance: visibilising inequalities, countering backlash I 
Convenors:
Deepta Chopra (Institute of Development Studies)
Tessa Lewin (Institute of Development Studies)
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Chair:
Sohela Nazneen (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex)
Discussant:
Sohela Nazneen (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex)
Stream:
Global inequalities
Format:
Papers
Sessions:
Monday 28 June, 14:15-16:00 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

This panel will explore women's struggles that visibilise inequalities and intersectional oppressions, with a focus on their strategies to counter or unsettle backlash. We will showcase women's lived experiences of resistance, and new and emerging forms, spaces and methodologies of this resistance.

Long Abstract

This panel will explore women's organising and struggles that visibilise inequalities and intersectional oppressions created as a result of backlash against women's rights and exacerbated by Covid-19 effects, with a focus on their strategies to counter or unsettle this backlash.

We will pay special attention to whether women's organising has taken new forms, including: length of organising; formation of intersectional alliances, creation of new counter-spaces (physical or virtual) and emergence of new kinds of leadership. We will reflect on the extent to which these struggles have managed to draw in new members, because of new forms or modes of organising and methodologies that include digital and visual-cultural forms of protests. The panel will draw attention to the continuities and discontinuities between women's struggles against backlash, and their everyday lives. In this way, we will interrogate boundaries between 'public', visible spaces of organising and 'private' (often invisible) spaces of women's lives; We will also examine the multiple roles played by women as activists and the interaction of the nature of the civic space with these roles.

Special importance will be given to showcasing women's lived experiences of organising, leading and participating in resistance. We invite papers that focus on the nature of the resistance, and their real impact or perceived effects - including changes in discourses regarding women's rights; changes in in policy/ practice; or changes in the perception of women by themselves and others as political actors. We will showcase new and emerging forms, spaces and methodologies of this resistance.

Accepted papers: