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The Consequences of Co-option: Rising Populism and the EU Efforts to Combat Gender Violence

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ustler Hall Atrium

Celeste Montoya
University of Colorado Boulder

In the past several decades, feminist transnational networks have worked to get (and keep) the issue of gender violence on the European Union’s agenda. The 1990s and early 2000s was characterized by important victories for these dynamic networks, as advocates from a wide array of countries utilized the various political opportunities of multilevel governance to push for European legislation framing gendered violence as a widespread problem in Europe and garnering vital resources to combat it. But the rise of the political right has had detrimental consequences for these efforts in myriad ways. In this talk, Professor Montoya discusses how the co-option of gender equality discourses by conservatives and far-right actors has shifted EU policy framing and initiatives aimed at combating gender violence.

With funding from the Erasmus+ European Commission Jean Monet Chair grant.

The European Commission support for this presentation does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflect the views of the presenter, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information given.


February 21
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm