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CCINDLE Newsletter: 2nd 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 

Teaching material on gender equality and opposition to it in the European Parliament available now! 

In recent years, the EUGenDem ‘Gender, party politics and democracy in Europe: a study of the European Parliament’s party groups’ research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) considerably advanced our knowledge about gender equality in the European Union.

As a result, seven of the EUGENDERING teaching materials will be based on EUGenDem’s findings and five are already available. 

Learn more here.

How anti-gender fearmongering challenges democracy in Hungary

Anti-Gender (AG) campaigns – such as those targeting gender and sexual minorities and/or women’s rights – have become key components of conservative / right wing politics in the past decade in many countries. Hungary is an extreme example, where AG rhetoric has been instrumentalised by the government led by the Fidesz-KDNP Party Alliance who gained power in 2010 and have since been able to keep their position. But why does fearmongering, and in particular, AG fearmongering work so well as a political instrument?

Learn more here.

Deepening Democracy: the Inspiring Example of the Argentinean Feminist Mobilization

This year’s gathering of the International Political Science Association in Buenos Aires from 15-19 July 2023, had a particular feminist flavour; with vibrant panels assessing the successes and aftermath of the massive feminist mobilisations in the region. The Argentinean case not only provides an inspiring example of how decades of sustained feminist activism can eventually lead to progressive change, but also how to resist to the efforts of conservative and religious groups blocking access to these democratically gained rights.

Read more here.

Explaining Differences in Belgium: Why Flanders seems to be less in the grip of anti-gender mobilization

While politically not as decisive as elsewhere in Europe, anti-gender mobilizations seem to develop more slowly in the Dutch-speaking civil society of Belgium than in the French-speaking one. The existence of these two political spheres in Belgium has consequences for researching this country. Because of the two language spheres, we are actually researching two cases: the French-speaking and the Dutch-speaking case. Taking their political differences into account in every step of the research process is crucial for the CCINDLE project.

Learn more here.


Latest News & Events 

CCINDLE’s Third Consortium Meeting and Second Feminist Democracy Lab in Belgium

The CCINDLE project held its third consortium meeting from 13-15 September, 2023 in the beautiful Antwerp in Belgium. For those three days, CCINDLE partners met and discussed the progress and challenges of the work packages at the University of Antwerp. A clear highlight of the meetings was the second Feminist Democracy Lab which was organised at the University of Antwerp by Petra Meier and Rylan Verlooy from the Antwerp team. We invited activists based in Belgium who are predominantly active in the space of gender, LGBTQ+, and anti-racism – and around 25 activists joined us!

Read more here. 


Twenty-Ninth International Conference of Europeanists, University of Iceland 

From 27-29th June 2023, our UCM partner Emanuela Lombardo chaired a panel at International Conference of Europeanists. The panel was called Gendering Democratization in Europe: Understanding the Dynamics between Antigender Campaigns, Feminist Responses, and Pro-democracy Struggles. The UCM team also attended and led quite a few more sessions, giving important updates on the CCINDLE project.

Check out the conference highlights here.

European Gender Equality Week, 2023

Our partner Valentine Berthet attended an event hosted by MEP Vera Tax (S&D) on how to efficiently combat anti-gender movements and organizations in public debate and decision-making. The event took place on October 26th, as part of the 2023 European Gender Equality Week. 

Learn more about the event here.

Between violence and paternalism, or why young people don't take to politics 

On the radio with Carne Cruda

On 08 October2023, our partners Elżbieta Korolczuk published an article on Oka Press, explaining that it is not the young who are failing Poland, but Poland that has failed the young.

Read the article here.

Our partner Silvia Díaz Fernández has been invited to participate in the radio show Carne Cruda to discuss the raise of anti-feminism and its connection to the far-right. The show will air in October.



Solidarity Through Difference? How Italian and Spanish LGBTQIA* Organizations Frame Solidarity Through an Intersectional Lens

Our partner Aurora Perego published an article in the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. Although Western-based LGBTQIA* mobilizations have often been considered rather internally fragmented and isolated from other movements, recent investigations show that LGBTQIA* organizations have increasingly addressed multiple discriminations and built solidarity ties with communities coping with various inequality structures – such as race, class, and dis/abilities. This article addresses this puzzle by analyzing how political solidarity was framed by Spanish and Italian LGBTQIA* organizations during the 2011–2020 decade, paying particular attention to the nexus between diagnostic framing and solidarity discourses.

Read it here!

Mapping Research on Online Misogyny and Manosphere in Spain: The Way Ahead

Our partner Silvia Diaz-Fernandez, along with Elisa García-Mingo, published an article in the Journal of Masculinities and Social Change. This article offers a panoramic vision of the studies carried out on the Manosphere and anti-feminism in the Spanish and overarching European context. This work has reviewed the most recent and relevant studies focused on understanding organized online misogyny and toxic technocultures. In addition, the incipient works on the Spanish manosphere developed in the last five years have been analyzed in order to connect European knowledge with local advances. This critical review offers a state of the art that includes: a definition of the manosphere, a defense of the importance of its study, a review of the topics covered by subject areas, a diagnosis of what remains to be done, and an ethical warning for those researchers who want to commit to the work of unraveling what the manosphere is.

Read it here!

Upcoming Events

Gendering democracy. Can attacks on gender bring more gender equal democracy in Hungary?

On 06 November, 2023, our partner Andrea Krizsán, along with the Inequalities and Democracy Workgroup of the CEU Democracy Institute, will lead a seminar on gendering democracy. As gender equality becomes increasingly politicized, the seminar will analyze whether pro-democracy protests become more gender inclusive political spaces compared to the exclusionary legacy of pre-2010.

Learn more and register here.


Congress on Gender Perspective and Feminist Social Movements and Political Strategy 

On 11 December 2023, our partner Emmanuela Lombardo has been invited to chair a plenary conference panel  at the International Congress on Gender Perspective and Feminism's Social Movements and Political Strategy. The panel is entitled Institutional responses to anti-feminist and anti-democratic discourses.

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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