How can we, anno 2019, understand the emergence of anti-feminist movements, and how do they operate to put women’s rights under pressure?
Please note that this lecture, unlike the others, is on a Thursday.
The Rise of Anti-Feminism
What is the role and relevance of feminism in this day and age? Notwithstanding the achievements made over the past decades in terms of women’s rights, progress towards gender equality is not a given. As a matter of fact, we currently observe an erosion and evocation of earlier acquired rights in different areas around the world. Opposition to gender equality and to women’s rights activism has become more vocal, more global and better organized. Dr. Conny Roggeband discusses the rise of anti-feminist movements from a political and institutional perspective. How can we, anno 2019, understand the emergence of these heterogeneous movements, and how do they operate to put women’s rights under pressure?
About Conny Roggeband
Conny Roggeband is associate professor in public policy and governance. She has written on the politicization of gender-based violence, gender mainstreaming and equality policies, social movements and transnational feminist networking based on research conducted in the Netherlands, Spain and Latin America. Her current research focuses on the implications of democratic backsliding for gender equality policies in Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. What patterns of dismantling and resilience of gender policies can be found in these contexts and how does this affect gendered democracy? She also looks into the contestation of women’s rights in international fora such as the EU, CoE, UN and OAS.
Conny Roggeband holds a PhD in Political Science from Radboud University. She worked for the Council for Equality Policies (Emancipatieraad) in the Netherlands, Radboud University and VU University. Before coming to Amsterdam she taught political science at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Ecuador. She is an editor of the Dutch Journal of Gender Studies and member of the advisory board of Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest. She is a member of the Amsterdam Research Center on Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS).
About lecture series ‘Feminism’
While much progress has been made over the past decades in terms of women’s emancipation and gender equality, at the same time we witness a feminist revival today. How can we understand this? And what is feminism anyway? Discover the many faces feminism has had in different contexts and times, and how this reflects societal developments and feminist paradigms. Explore how feminist artists challenge dominant female representations, and find out how we can comprehend the contemporary rise of anti-feminist movements.