Co-Creating Inclusive Intersectional Democratic Spaces Across Europe

In a changed and changing EU, there are increased campaigns against feminism centered around traditionalist, masculinist and authoritarian discourses. In these worrying societal and political practices, threats to democracy and feminism are strongly linked. The CCINDLE project (Co-Creating Inclusive Intersectional Democratic Spaces Across Europe) is based on the premise that the best way to respond to anti-feminist campaigns and to threats to democracy, is to strengthen responses of those actors that are already countering such campaigns and to do that in a way that also contributes to strengthening democracy. Therefore, our research project is set up as a co-creating project with actors from feminist movements and their allies, and with feminist institutional actors and their allies.

CCINDLE aims to contribute to the strengthening and re-invigorating of intersectional feminism and European democracies through theoretical and practical feminist theories, coalitions, and strategies. It assumes that feminist theories and activism are vital and essential sources of resisting anti-gender discourses and undemocratic politics, and to re-kindling citizens’ engagement with democratic institutions and values.

We also recognize that the increasing challenges posed to European democracies and the escalating dynamics of anti-gender, homophobic and xenophobic mobilizations require a combination of excellent academic research and well-informed practical solutions which: a) are clearly feminist, anti-homophobic and anti-racist, b) could efficiently support high quality democratic governance, c) may strengthen responses to authoritarian and anti-gender efforts.

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