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Where next for feminist foreign policy on countering backlash from Europe?

Time () 16:30 18:00
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How can European actors effectively counter a growing anti-gender movement which is accelerating assaults on democratic freedoms and women’s and LGBTQ+ rights?

Led by ODI's Gender Equality and Social Inclusion team, this conversation will mark the launch of ODI’s new series of policy briefs: Where next for Feminist Foreign Policy? and provide the opportunity to delve into the recommended actions on countering backlash – both within Europe and beyond.

Riding on an authoritarian wave, a well-funded anti-rights movement is operating across borders to weaken public institutions, shrink civic space and gain power by weaponising patriarchal gender norms. Countering with these very real and growing threats to women’s rights and democracy requires a global effort – of which FFP countries have an opportunity to lead.

The speakers will focus on how backlash is materialising in Europe, as well as how European organisations and actors are involved in disbursing funds and exporting anti-gender discourses around the world. The panel will also outline how gains are being made by the anti-rights movements and what type of foreign policy strategies from Europe could more effectively restrain the forces fuelling backlash.

Please note: this event will take place at 16:30-18:00 CET at the Ambiorix Center in Brussels, with limited in-person capacity. The public dialogue will be livestreamed online, followed by a closed-door space and Q&A for in-person audience members. Please get in touch if you would like to attend in person.


  • Neil Datta

    Executive Director, European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual & Reproductive Rights

  • Chiara Adamo

    Deputy Director & Head of Unit Gender, Human Rights & Democratic Governance, European Commission

  • Valeria D. Vilaseca Chumacero

    Ambassador, Head of the Mission of Plurinational State of Bolivia to the European Union

  • Saranel Benjamin

    Co-Executive Director, Mama Cash

  • Ayesha Khan

    Senior Research Fellow, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion, ODI

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