Social justice can only be achieved when gender issues are taken into consideration. This is because there is a specifically configured gender regime present in every society. Gender as a category not only shapes the everyday realities of individuals, but also produces structural social inequalities. Thus, gender issues cannot be analysed in a social vacuum as some marginalized “radical interests”.
FEPS activities in regard with gender equality have since the beginning been informed by a progressive view. Among other topics covered, FEPS has focused on research and awareness raising for women’s rights through equal representation, balancing work and family life, as well as tackling violence against women and migration-related barriers. In the light of Beijing +20, it is of great importance to continue addressing these structural obstacles which women face in their daily lives.
It is equally important to consider that with every social change, there are contesting gender ideals present. Thus, gender equality should be understood as more than just women’s rights in regard with private sphere, for it is not only women who are gendered and there is a need to move beyond gender binaries. Informed by cutting edge feminist research, FEPS is developing further its capacity to inform debates with policy recommendations on issues related to gender, minorities and sexualities in the context of current political momentums. On the basis of previous work on austerity and gender, we examine and aim to understand gendered mobilization in populism, nationalism and also in extremism.