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Marija Antić and Ivana Radačić: The evolving understanding of gender in international law and ‘gender ideology’ pushback

7. April 14:00 - 16:00

This lecture provides an analysis of the use of the term gender in international human rights law – both in the discourse on women’s rights and on sexual orientation and gender identity – as well as the current contestations and challenges raised by the anti-gender movements. It is argued that the rise of the SOGI concept in international human rights system and the social constructionist definition of gender in the Istanbul Convention were among the defining moments in the development of the ‘gender ideology’ discourse and anti-gender movements in the 2010s. The paper concludes by arguing for an inclusive understanding of the term to keep transforming the gendered system, an obligation undertaken at the 1995 Beijing conference on women. On the occasion of the quarter-century anniversary,
the Beijing+25 provides an opportunity to take stock of the developments and ensure that gender equality and human rights are not undermined by the ‘gender ideology’ discourse.

Marija Antić is a postgraduate doctoral student in sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb and an assistant at the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences. Her areas of interest are women’s and gender studies and social inequalities. She is currently working on the project of the Croatian Science Foundation “Regulation of Prostitution in Croatia” (Ivana Radačić, PhD, project leader).

Dr. sc. Ivana Radačić is a scientific advisor at the Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences in Zagreb. She holds a PhD in law from the University of London (Women’s Human Rights) and is engaged mainly in socio-legal studies. Her areas of scientific interest are feminism, human (women) rights and the relationship between gender, rights and sexuality. She is currently leading the project of the Croatian Science Foundation “Regulation of prostitution in Croatia”. She has published 31 scientific papers, the book Sexual Violence: Myths, Stereotypes and the Legal System (TIMpress, 2014) and three co-authored studies, and has (co) edited four books. She is a member of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls of the Human Rights Council. She teaches at the University “J.J. Strossmayer ”in Osijek, and was a guest lecturer at various universities abroad (University College London, Inter-European Center for Human Rights and Democratization, UN University for Peace, University of Kent, University of Melbourne and Victoria University of Wellington). She has also worked as a legal adviser at the European Court of Human Rights.


7. April
14:00 - 16:00