Social Movements

Women protest the Bhopal 1984 gas disaster and the treatment of affected communities

Across the world there is an active, mass-based demand for an end to gender injustice in all domains of our social, economic, political, and cultural lives. In order for any action or intervention around rights, democracy and equality to be successful, it must include and value gender equality as part of its analysis and methodology for change. But while women's rights and gender justice are 'on the agenda' in many arenas, activists still encounter strong resistance to changing gendered politics and practices within movements and allied organisations. When it comes to making an impact on transforming gender power relations, social movements matter.

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Gender and Social Movements website

The BRIDGE Gender and Social Movements website is an exciting online resource dedicated to bringing a gender perspective into the work of social justice movements. There is a wealth of information, evidence and tools for activists and supporters of gender-just movements worldwide.


The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is a global, feminist membership organisation which works to support, resource and strengthen women’s rights organisations and movements.

Akiiki Consulting

Run by the BRIDGE Social Movements Cutting Edge Pack author Jessica Horn, Akiiki Consulting works with organisations to developing analysis, expand funding infrastructure and review and strengthen models for change. It also trains activists and growing movements around the intersections of women’s rights, health, and freedom from violence.

JASS (Just Associates)

As a global women-led human rights network of activists, popular educators and scholars, JASS works to build the confidence of women leaders, ensuring they are better organised, louder and safer as they take on work to defend human rights.

Gender At Work

Gender at Work is an international collaboration that helps organisations to build cultures of equality and social justice, with a focus on gender equality. It was founded in 2001 by AWID, CIVICUS, UN Women, and Women's Learning Partnership (WLP).


The Spanish language Anacaonas website has a section dedicated to Gender and Social Movements – it outlines some of the key concepts and resources from the BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack.


Oberv'action has a collection of news, research and other resources, in the French language, that make visible the participation of women in social movements and considers of gender.

Our Cutting Edge Pack

Supporting social movements to advance women’s rights and gender justice: An approach for donors

This BRIDGE policy brief highlights strategies donors can take to advance women’s rights and gender justice in movements, drawing from successful approaches which have resulted in significant advances in mobilising women’s goals for collective power for change, building alliances with other movements and organisations and strengthening women’s leadership

Advancing gender justice in social movements – An approach for social movement leaders

This policy brief, published by BRIDGE, outlines political, cultural and learning strategies that can help movements to advance their gender awareness and proactive approach towards promoting women’s full participation and leadership. By highlighting examples from around the world, the brief illustrates that only by integrating gender justice are movements able to fully achieve social justice.

BRIDGE Update: Gender and Social Movements

This is the BRIDGE email update for October 2013 had a focus on Gender and Social Movements and featured key resources, reading and a quick guide to the issue.

Gender Updates

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign – 2014
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The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that starts every year on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign aims to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international level.
People in street with messages 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Issue No. 102, November 2013
November 2013 : #102
Feature on 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign including: