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Populism, Gender and Sexuality in Central and Eastern Europe

Tuesday, 17 November 2020, 17:00 GMT

In recent years a number of populist and increasingly authoritarian governments in Central and Eastern Europe have employed anti-genderdiscourse, characterised by opposition to reproductive rights, access to abortion, LGBTQ rights, sexual education or legal tools for eliminating violence against women. This has resulted in a marked rise in homophobic and anti-feminist attitudes and behaviours in societies across the region as well as a significant increase in LGBTQ and women’s protests and feminist mobilisations. The aim of this seminar was to present cutting-edge research on gender and sexuality in the context of populist politics by three Early Stage Researchers from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on ‘Delayed Transformational Fatigue in Central & Eastern Europe: Responding to the Rise of Illiberalism/Populism’ (FATIGUE).

Carolin Heilig: Civil society in a pillarised society: First insights from civil society mobilised around gender in Kraków

Slobodanka Dekic: Politics or Policies? Confronting anti-gender narratives on family and gender by LGBT organizations in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia

Mina Baginova: New Feminist Protest Networks in East Central Europe: Polish Women’s Strike and Transitional Connections