Empowerment and Backlash: Gender as an Axis of Constitutional Contestation
Disputes around abortion and other reproductive rights; same-sex marriage and the recognition of diverse family formations; gay- trans- intersex- rights; fatherhood rights; sexual/gender education and violence against women are among those which have been increasingly taken to a constitutional level, with constitutional reappropriation, litigation and amendments (sometimes accompanied by popular referenda) being commonly seized by those seeking to advance and to resist the equal citizenship status of women and sexual minorities, and far right political parties and religious factions targeting what is coined as “gender ideology” in an increasing number of countries around the world. To which developments is the “gender ideology” backlash responsive? Does it have a preemptive nature? In what respects is it transnational, in what respects local and in what ways do the local and the transnational connect? Does it have intersectional expressions? This forum will convene scholars interested in discussing contemporary developments in this area.