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Feminist Movements Revitalizing Democracy in Europe

Project description

Feminist inclusive visions for democracy in Europe

Increasing social inequalities, political disaffection and the rise of radical right groups represent a challenge to our democracy. The EU-funded FIERCE project aims to provide profound theoretical and practical knowledge and tools to understand feminist and anti-feminist/anti-gender movements, activities and discourses as well as their impact on institutions and policies during 2010−2021. The project will use framing, political ethnography and social network analyses to study the related actors in the fields of labour market, health and reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, migration and gender-based violence in eight case studies representing a wide variety of country contexts. Moreover, it will introduce bottom-up initiatives that test solutions and innovations in partnership with feminist NGOs/movements/networks to experiment with democratic innovations.


FIERCE aims at providing sound theoretical and practical knowledge and tools to revitalize alliances between the feminist movement, civil society and political decision makers in a context of growing social inequalities, political disaffection and strengthening of populist radical right anti-gender actors and discourses. The research uses an interdisciplinary, multi-dimensional and multi-level framework, that aims to overcome the limitations of both disciplinary scholarships and nationalist methodologies. FIERCE develops in-depth understanding of feminist and anti-feminist/anti-gender movements, activities and discourses, and their impact on the institutional arena and on policy outcomes, focusing on the period 2010-2021. These actors, and especially the feminist movement, will be studied through framing, political ethnography and Social Network Analyses on the background of key gender debates and controversies prefigured to be situated in the areas of: labour market; health and reproductive rights; LGBTQ+ rights; migration; and gender-based violence. FIERCE will cover eight case studies (France, Italy, Greece, Slovenia, Turkey, Denmark, Poland, Spain) representing a wide variety of country contexts in socio-political, geographical and welfare terms. FIERCE moves beyond a country-based approach and provides a cross-cutting comparative analysis of the way debates and controversies on gender have influenced the dynamics and output of the policy process. Building on co-creation methods and on a strong alliance with civil society organisations, FIERCE proposes pilot actions that can reinvigorate democratic practices, in line with feminist inclusive visions for the future of democracy. FIERCE thereby sets out a bottom-up, problem-driven and impact-oriented approach, bridging academic knowledge, policy-making and bottom-up democratic strategies.



Net EU contribution
€ 319 062,50
Thermokoitida technopolis vepe technopoli pylaia
55535 Thessaloniki

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Βόρεια Ελλάδα Κεντρική Μακεδονία Θεσσαλονίκη
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (10)