Beyond gender? Anti-gender mobilization and the lessons for progressives





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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.

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