Beyond gender? Anti-gender mobilization and the lessons for progressives
In recent years gender equality and the concept of ‘gender’ itself have been discredited in several European countries by their opponents as something suspicious, even an enemy. ‘Gender’ has become a concept used to mobilize the masses against diverse causes, such as gay marriage, school programmes discussing gender equality or the Istanbul Convention.
The roots of the current anti-gender mobilizations run deeper, however. Based on the publication “Gender as symbolic glue: The position and role of conservative and far right parties anti-gender mobilizations in Europe”, this policy brief will address these root causes and set out the approach that progressives can take to address the debate.