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Dossier: Europe – a Gender Equality Project?

Over the past few decades, the EU has made progress in terms of gender equality, but many challenges remain. The next European elections will show whether the “Gender equality project Europe” can be continued and improved or whether the majority of the conservative or right-wing populist to radical right-wing forces, who oppose emancipative gender equality policy, gain the upper hand.

A curious feminist gaze into the right-wing shift

The progessive camp must not ignore the nuanced complexities within the seemingly ostensibly unified masculinizing project of the Right - there is a need for femisnist curiosity and a fresh gaze.

By Weronika Grzebalska

Anti-feminism is making right-wing stances socially acceptable

Anti-feminism as well as anti-gender rhetoric are playing a central role in the “centering” of right-wing ideologies. They are making right-wing mindsets acceptable in mainstream society and enabling parts of society to shift to the right without appearing right-wing. 

By Franziska Schutzbach

EU Gender Politics

Dossier

Dossier: Europe – a Gender Equality Project?

Over the past few decades, the EU has made progress in terms of gender equality, but many challenges remain. The next European elections will show whether the “Gender equality project Europe” can be continued and improved or whether the majority of the conservative or right-wing populist to radical right-wing forces, who oppose emancipative gender equality policy, gain the upper hand.

EU Countries Comparison

Looking at the current core gender policy issues in the EU member states, it is clear that, in every country, labour market issues and/or the gainful employment of women and also the work-life balance (as a women’s issue!) play a central role.

For a Europe of Citizens and Female Citizens

Europe continues to play an important role in the long quest for equal rights and emancipation. The politics of the European Union (EU) strongly influences advanced regulations in individual-member countries. However, a lot of progress at the EU-level is realized neither on a local nor on a regional level. In some instances, such progress is simply ignored. Can one succeed in further developing trendsetting, gender-political initatives in the EU? Or, will the alliance of conservative forces gain more weight in European politics.

The Gunda Werner Institute analyzes the politics of the European Union and its member countries from a gender-democratic and feminist perspective, and ultimately, devises emancipatory gender-political strategies.

New books

Anti-Gender Movements on the Rise?

The concept of "gender backlash" encompasses too activities pursued by a multitude of different local initiatives all over Central and Eastern Europe, which strongly promote tradition over equality. In many cases these groups appear to be backed and inspired both by influential US-American “pro life” organisations as well as the Kremlin’s "Gay-rope" propaganda, which aims to discredit the European Union as a place of moral decline.

Lecture with Prof. Andrea Petö (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary)

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