Europe and North America

Attack on democracy? Anti-Gender-Movements in Europe

In recent years right-wing populist movements have developed throughout Europe mobilizing against gender politics and sexual self-determination. The obtained rights and practices of democratic societies are at risk. What are the strategies and ideological foundations of these actors and how do antifeminist movements affect the future of the EU?

Women's power in the strongholds of the Patriarchate


Conservative values and patriarchal structures are increasingly gaining importance as right-wing populism grows stronger. According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report, we will need another 200 years before we achieve equality between men and women worldwide.

By Laura Meier

The unloved compromise. Black umbrellas, white coats and abortion in Poland

In recent weeks Poland has witnessed an unprecedented mobilisation of women against the tightening of the already very strict abortion law. To the likely surprise of many observers, the government, dominated by the nationalist right-wing Law and Justice party, decided to revoke its initial backing for the draft law, having bowed to pressure following angry protests of one hundred thousand women bearing black umbrellas. Gert Röhrborn from the Warsaw office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation sheds light on the background of these recent events.

By Gert Röhrborn

Forced Sterilization: The Hidden Human Rights Abuse

The sterilization of women without their consent remains a persistent problem for public health systems worldwide. Public health administrators and justice systems have yet to learn the lessons of such abuses.

By Gwendolyn Albert

10 Points on 10 Years Security Council Resolution 1325 in Europe

In view of the 10th anniversary of SCR 1325 and on the initiative of EPLO (European Peacebuilding Liaison Office), civil society organisations from different EU countries developed  a 10-point position paper to implement SCR 1325 in Europe. Gitti Hentschel has contributed to this paper. Over 60 organisations, among them the Gunda Werner Institute and the Women's Security Council, explicitly align themselves with its recommendations.