This series of case studies, written especially for the BRIDGE Cutting Edge programme on gender and social movements, presents brand new insights into the experiences of activists around the world in their efforts to build gender-just movements, and the ways that different social movements have responded to  calls to integrate a gender perspective into their agendas and cultures.

Find out about the strategies used by women in the CLOC-Via Campesina movement in Latin America, or the organisational change strategies put in place by Amnesty International. Learn about the alliances that have strengthened the LGBTI, sex worker and feminist movements in East Africa, or the work done in the Pacific to mainstream gender into peace building work.

  • A Tale of Two Movements: How women’s rights became human rights

    Manjima Bhattacharjya

    Where and when have human rights movements and women’s movements converged and how have they informed and changed one another?

  • Defining our Space: Gender mainstreaming strategies in the work of GPPAC

    Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

    What strategies have been used by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) to encourage the integration of gender perspectives into its work? What have been the roles of women’s organisations and activists in this process?

  • Gender equality and women’s rights in the CLOC-Via Campesina movement

    Pamela Caro

    What strategies have women leaders in the CLOC-Via Campesina movement used to integrate gender equality into the movement’s external work and internal dynamics? 

  • Gender, activism and backlash: women and social mobilisation in Egypt

    Hania Sholkamy

    An account documenting the role of women activists in the 2011 revolution in Egypt, and the backlash and gender discrimination that has occurred in the post revolutionary arena.

  • Reflecting on the oppressor in the mirror

    Marc Peters

    What is the role of men in women's rights and gender justice movements? This honest account outlines some of the key dilemmas and issues in this area.

  • The Amnesty International Journey: Women and Human Rights

    David Kelleher and Manjima Bhattacharjya

     A critical analysis of Amnesty International’s efforts over 25 years to integrate women’s rights and gender justice into its work. What worked and what is still to be done?


  • The LGBTIQ and sex worker movements in East Africa

    Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe with Hope Chigudu

    How have the emerging LGBTI and sex worker movements in east Africa developed and connected with each other? What lessons can be learnt about inclusive movement building for social justice and human rights?

  • Who is the 99%? Feminist Perspectives on Occupy

    Vinita Sahasranaman

    How did the Occupy movement emerge, and where was gender justice and women’s rights on its agenda? This account documents the fault lines that begin to emerge within the movement along the lines of gender and inclusion.  

  • Why gender matters in activism: feminism and social justice movements

    Manjima Bhattacharjya, Jenny Birchall, Pamela Caro, David Kelleher and Vinita Sahasranaman

    What strategies have different social movements used to encourage the integration of women’s rights and gender justice in both internal and external-facing work? What common lessons can be learnt?

  • World Social Forum: Integrating feminism and women activists into visions and practices of “another world”

    Jenny Birchall and Jessica Horn

    How has the World Social Forum included women’s rights and gender justice during its history? How are feminists working to change the forum?