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CCINDLE Newsletter: 1st Edition

Welcome to the CCINDLE project newsletter, a guide to our latest work and news. 

CCINDLE is an EU Horizon Europe project (No. 10048433) studying the threats to democracy and feminism, and the responses of feminist change-makers, engaging with them to strengthen their voices. CCINDLE works directly with feminist grassroots activists, institutional actors, and gender professionals, co-creating theoretical and practical knowledge on:

  1. Anti-gender campaigns and how they challenge democracy, particularly through pathways to violence and politics of knowledge.
  2. Futures of society envisioned in feminist theories and practices related to democracy in Europe with respect to intersectional justice, inclusion, and participation.
  3. Feminist movements and feminist institutional responses to anti-gender and other anti-democratic forces.

Read more about the projecthere.


Latest Blogs 

Beyond backsliding: Polish abortion laws from a democratic transition perspective 

In the past 10 years, Poland has gone from a Third Wave transition success story to the fastest backsliding democracy in the world. In the Polish case, the process of democratisation significantly limited access to abortion, thus hindering women’s right to bodily autonomy, health, and life and with that their ability to participate in liberal democracy on equal grounds.

Read more here.

Democracy and feminist politics: a crucial relationship

Democracy is a constant, contested, and unfinished process of democratization. Rights and freedoms are not achieved or lost once and for all, but rather the object of ongoing struggles. Democratization and democratic backsliding are also gendered processes and feminist politics are so important in the struggle for democratization. This is illustrated through the case of feminist local politics in Barcelona. 

Read more here.

CCINDLE: The Political Meaning of Theory 

It is obvious thing to say that every scientific research needs theory. Theories provide us with abstract categories and their, more or less precise, definitions.  In CCINDLE, we look for theories and research that could support feminist and democratic futures in Europe. Our aim is produce knowledge which is relevant, but also helpful in social justice struggles.   

Learn more here.


Latest Events 

CCINDLE’s consortium meeting in Amsterdam 

From the 19th to 21st of April, all consortium partners got together at the University of Amsterdam for CCINDLE’s first consortium meeting following the kick-off meeting last autumn. Emerging themes encompassed Gender-based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Rights (including abortion, trans rights, and sexual education).  All in all, it was a successful first consortium meeting and we are already looking forward to our next consortium meeting which will take place this September in Antwerp, Belgium. 

Read more here. 


First Feminist Democracy Lab: Anti-gender campaigns and the crisis of democracy 

As part of CCINDLE we are organising Feminist Democracy Labs, involving feminist actors across Europe to create a transnational peer learning community. The aim is to co-create and sustain new peer learning communities to exchange ideas and practices on gender equality, intersectionality, and democratic governance. During our consortium meeting in Amsterdam this April, we had our first Feminist Democracy Lab at the University of Amsterdam. The first panel was titled “Double Trouble: Feminism and Democracy”. Our panelists were vreer verkercke and Maayke Botman. The second session of the Feminist Democracy Lab was titled “Knowledge and Violence: Pathways to De-democratisation” and we were joined by Mary Hawkesworth and Hande Eslen-Ziya.  

The backlash against women's rights 

Ursula von der Leyen’s Union of Equality 

On 25 April 2023, one of our partners, Elżbieta Korolczuk, attended the FEMM Committee public hearing on "The backlash against women’s rights". 

The hearing examined the cause and remedies to the current backlash against women's rights, within and beyond the European Union. Members heard from experts, such as Elżbieta, and civil society activists at the frontline of the backlash. 

Find out more here.

On June 6-7 2023, our partners Johanna Kantola and Emanuela Lombardo participated in the seminar on Ursula von der Leyen’s Union of Equality at the University of Tubingen to discuss the Von der Leyen Commission progress about equality & democracy. The seminar was organized by Gabriele Abels, who together with Johanna Kantola, Emanuela Lombardo, and Henriette Muller is editing a book on the issue. 


Award Announcement: 2022 PIASA Awards  

On 9 June 2023, our partner Elżbieta Korolczuk attended the annual conference of PIASA (The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America). There, her and her co-author Agnieszka Graff will be receiving the Bronislaw Malinowski Social Sciences Award in 2022 for the book "Anti-Gender Politics in the Populist Moment”.

EUGenDem Final Conference 'European Politics, Equality, and Democracy' 

From the 25-26 May 2023, our partner Johanna Kantola organised the EUGenDem Final Conference, about 'European Politics, Equality, and Democracy'. Our partners Mieke Verloo, Elżbieta Korolczuk and Emanuela Lombardo all attended, where  Elżbieta gave a keynote lecture entitled "Exploring the intersections of illiberalism and gender; The case of anti-gender campaigns in Europe."

Upcoming Events

RESISTIRÉ Final Conference 

On 20-21 June 2023, our coordinator Mieke Verloo will be giving the closing keynote speech at the RESISTIRÉ final conference in Brussels, Belgium. 

After 2+ years researching impacts of outbreak policies on vulnerable people & working on solutions to mitigate them, RESISTIRÉ will be sharing key results in its Final Conference

Read more about the conference here


IPSA: 27th World Congress of Political Science 

On 15—19 July 2023, our partner Petra Meier will be attending IPSA in Buenos Aires. She will be presenting a paper on the following topic: 

Politicians’ latitude to undo gender: exploring the interplay between populist and gendered performances in political representation (co-author Eline Severs). The paper investigates the relationship between populists’ claims to being one of and representing the people and their gendered performance. 


Read more about the conference here.


For more information on the CCINDLE project please visit our website:



Funded by the European Union under grant No 101061256 UK consortium partners funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the UK government's Horizon Europe funding guarantee, grant Nos 10051932 and 10048433.

Views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or UKRI. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them. 

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