Authoritarian leaders are taking credit for advances in gender equality in order to turn attention away from persistent nondemocratic practices, such as violations of electoral integrity and human rights, observe Elin Bjarnegård and Pär Zetterberg in the Journal of Democracy:
“How Autocrats Weaponize Women’s Rights”
Elin Bjarnegård and Pär Zetterberg
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Why are authoritarian regimes championing gender equality? Modern dictators want to appear progressive, liberal, and democratic, while distracting from their worst abuses.
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