About openDemocracy: is the leading independent website on global current affairs – free to read, free to participate, free to the world.

openDemocracy is committed to promoting human rights and democracy through dialogue and debate. We believe there will not be a fairer or more peaceful world without gender equality. Women’s exclusion from the global debate affects both the assumption behind the policy making and the way the dialogue is conducted.

A global debate without the female half of humanity is neither global nor democratic. With this in mind, openDemocracy is launching 50.50: a series of editorial projects designed to make openDemocracy a current affairs forum which is written, read and used equally by women and men.

This builds on previous debates led by Rosemary Bechler and Sarah Lindon on Resolution 1325 and the 16 days activism against gender violence. Patricia Daniel’s blog of the World Social Forum in Nairobi has a focus on women in Africa.

Following on from this openDemocracy is planning to convene a Women’s openSummit on Africa made up of a panel of real experts – African women from government ministers to grass roots activists.

A synthesis of the panel’s recommendations for action will be published by openDemocracy during the June 2007 G8 meeting. We hope that this will be the first of an annual Women’s open Summit convened and published by openDemocracy.

For more information about 50.50 please contact Jane Gabriel at jane dot gabriel at


1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Jessie  |  June 16, 2008 at 3:49 am


    I learn something new everyday….


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