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  • Writer's pictureGabrielle Bardall

Autocrats use feminism to undermine democracy

Fake news, disinformation, foreign influence in elections: We’re starting to understand the ways bad actors attack democracy in Canada and around the world.

But autocrats and other enemies of democracy also use the trappings of gender equality to exploit feminism in pursuit of preserving and spreading authoritarianism. It’s a scheme that strikes at the heart of Canadian values. And it is a tactic that is rarely acknowledged in critiques of authoritarian regimes.


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