Lessons from Poland: "While we've been busy discussing gender theory, antigender activists have taken over the country"

Last month in Warsaw, several thousand anti-choice people participated in a march that supposedly celebrates the sanctity of human life (Marsz Świętości Życia). Since a similar march (Hod za život) is about to take place in Zagreb, Split and Rijeka on May 19, we decided to talk to Agnieszka Graff i Elżbieta Korolczuk, Polish activists and academics whose analysis of…

Malin Björk: Feminists should not abandon the space of party politics

Malin Björk of the Swedish Left Party (Vänsterpartiet) has been a Member of the European Parliament and its Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) since 2014. In her work she highlights feminist issues, anti-racism, LGBT rights, and worker's rights. Prior to her MEP mandate, she worked for the European Women's Lobby and edited the lesbian feminist magazine ScumGrrrls.…

Social card game "Fierce Women"

Fierce Women - All the right cards Fierce Women is a fun, educational and dynamic social card game that familiarizes the players with fierce women who have made significant contributions to society in the fields of culture, politics, science, human rights, and art. The educational social game Fierce women represents a fun way of transferring the issue of gender equality…

Who Pays for Your Sex Life?

Is state-financed sex work possible? This question has been recently debated in Australia when on the Australian Defence Force's website an article (since removed because of protest) was published arguing that sex during deployment releases stress and makes it easier for soldiers to cope with difficult circumstances of war and violence. And since the Australian Defence Force is financed by…

Eszter Kovats: The human rights paradigm is insufficient for addressing women's position in society

A new publication from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Budapest The Future of the European Union - Feminist Perspectives from East-Central Europe is an intriguing compilation of Central and Eastern European voices on the most pressing issues related to gender, EU, reproductive rights, economy, and global inequalities. The publication's editor, Eszter Kováts, is a political scientist pursuing a PhD at ELTE University Budapest.…

"Gender ideology" is an empty signifier that unites different interest groups

We talked with the editors of the recently published book Anti-Gender Campaigns in Europe: Mobilising Against Equality, Roman Kuhar (University of Ljubljana) and David Paternotte (Université Libre de Bruxelles). After decades of progress in terms of gender and sexual rights, certain parts of Europe are facing a wave of resistance to the so-called "gender ideology" or "gender theory". This opposition…

Dragana Jurišić: Not belonging to any nation means having great freedom

The photographer Dragana Jurišić, who is originally from Slavonski Brod in Croatia, but has been living and working in Ireland for a number of years, presented her project YU: The Lost Country as part of this year's International Photography Festival "Organ Vida" in Zagreb. Inspired by Rebecca West's famous travelogue, Dragana travelled throughout the territories of the former state, trying…

Catholics for contraception and abortion access

We know that 86% of people in Croatia identify as Catholics, and we also know that a significant part of the population is in favour of using contraceptives and, to a lesser degree, the right to abortion. Thus, we can conclude that a certain proportion of Catholics not only acknowledge the importance of reproductive rights, but themselves use some of…
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