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Anti-Gender Campaigns in Europe: Catholicism and Populism

Anti-Gender Campaigns in Europe: Catholicism and Populism

Based on two recent projects including 14 countries in
the region, this paper will examine the development of
campaigns against “gender ideology” in Europe, leading
to the emergence of a specific family of mobilizations
that we call anti-gender campaigns. These campaigns
started in the mid-1990s as a Catholic project but
developed significantly in several European countries
after crucial encounters with right-wing populism. This
book examines how the academic concept of gender,
when translated by religious organizations such as the
Roman Catholic Church, can become a mobilizing tool
for, and the target of, social movements. It examines
the intersection of religious politics with rising populism
and nationalistic anxieties in contemporary
Keywords: Anti-gender campaigns, Europe
Source of Funding: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Fonds
national de la recherche scientifique (Belgium),
Agence universitaire de la francophonie
Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement: None