Gallo, Michelle. 2019. Anti-Gender Movements. Gender Centre Research Brief 2/2020. Geneva: Gender Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
A transnational movement has emerged that is pushing back on women’s and LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) rights. In Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere, conservative actors are increasingly vocal in opposition to issues such as women’s reproductive rights, same-sex marriage and adoption, and comprehensive sexuality education. Such actors often define their target as “gender ideology” – a catchall phrase under whose banner conservative actors systematically misrepresent insights from feminist theory and gender studies in order to mobilise constituents. This brief focuses on the cases of Poland and Colombia to illustrate how anti-feminist actors use the term “gender ideology” in two distinct contexts.
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