The Backlash Against Women’s Rights

Tuesday, 8 March 2016, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, IWM library

“Two decades after the adoption of a landmark global agreement on gender equality, a vicious backlash is threatening to strip women and girls of their rights”, said Amnesty International ahead of a major UN meeting in New York.

Women throughout the world continue to face discrimination, are denied equal access to participation in public and political life and suffer sexual and gender-based violence and abuse in public places and at home. The aim of the discussion ‘The Backlash Against Women’s Rights’ is to highlight the rise in violence against women in current conflict zones around the world as well as to bring attention to the ‘watering down’ of international agreements on the protection of women’s rights signed by governments of the countries which are not necessarily torn by military conflicts, but undergo a politically orchestrated revival of ‘traditional values’.


Mieke Verloo
Professor of Comparative Politics and Inequality Issues, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen; Non-Resident Permanent Fellow, IWM

Maria do Mar Castro Varela
Professor of  General Pedagogy and Social Work, Alice Salomon Hochschule, Berlin; Visiting Fellow, IWM

Elisabeth Holzleithner
Professor, Department of Legal Philosophy, University of Vienna

Katha Pollitt
Author, journalist, poet, and cultural critic; Writer, award-winning column “Subject to Debate”, The Nation magazine

Shalini Randeria 
IWM Rector; Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID),Geneva

International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

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