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The Open Society Foundations promote the advancement of women’s rights, gender equality, and empowerment as an integral part of free and democratic societies.

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Ask a Feminist—What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape

Author Sohaila Abdulali and filmmaker Vaishali Sinha will explore the narrative and perceptions of rape victims, power, and feminism in the era of the #MeToo movement.

Voices
Women Will Not Be Silent

By now, the link between authoritarianism and the repression of women and gender nonconforming people is clear. But those targeted by such hateful politics cannot—and will not—be intimidated.

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Women in Prison: The Devastating Impact of Rising Incarceration in the Americas    

A panel of experts explores innovative strategies being launched to counter rising incarceration rates among women in the Americas.

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Women Challenging Norms to Power Economies Winners Celebration

Ashoka, UN Women, and the Open Society Foundations celebrate the winners of our Challenging Norms, Powering Economies: Women and Non-Traditional Partners in Africa and the Middle East challenge.

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Film Screening and Discussion—When “Do-Gooders” Do Harm

Last month, ProPublica broke a shocking exposé about sexual abuse in an American charity in Liberia. We will explore what happens when good intentions among NGOs collide with the realities of operating without accountability.

Report
An End to Manels II: Closing the Gender Gap at Europe’s Top Policy Events

An End to Manels II is the second report in a two-part series to examine the gender gap and Europe’s top policy events. The report examines data from 23 conferences in Europe, over the course of five years.