Nevertheless, She Persisted: Countering Backlash to Women’s Progress

Progress on gender equality is under threat today. Efforts to accelerate the gains made for women’s rights are increasingly coming under attack from authoritarian governments, fundamentalist groups and others who are threatened by women’s progress. Women are fighting back by rallying collective action, harnessing social media, and fostering solidarity through dialogue and spreading awareness of the evidence that demonstrates the benefits of gender equality for all of society.

View our discussion, hosted on March 25, 2021,  on how to effectively counter resistance to the gender equality agenda. Government and civil society leaders shared lessons learned and best practices to mobilize. Read a summary of promising practices and programs based on the Beijing+25 report.


The Hon. Susana Malcorra

Former Foreign Minister, Argentina

Dr. Dubravka Šimonovic

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

Ms. Liang Xiaowen

 Chinese Feminist Activist, #MeToo Movement

Ms. Asha Allen

Policy and Campaigns Officer, European Women’s Lobby, and Project Coordinator, #HerNetHerRights Project with Google


Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Dr. Jeni Klugman

Lead Author of “Beijing+25: Accelerating Progress for Women and Girls” and

 Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Ms. Michelle Bhatia

Georgetown Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security

This is the third panel of our five-part virtual event series on how to advance gender equality, in partnership with the Georgetown Ambassadors for Women, Peace and Security. The series draws on findings from a groundbreaking report by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and The Rockefeller Foundation: Beijing+25: Accelerating Progress for Women and Girls