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Fundamentalism & Neo-Liberalism: Impact on Women and Minority Rights

Civil Society
Date: Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:00 - 12:00

Venue: European Parliament - Station Europe  |  City: Elsene, Belgium

The last two decades have witnessed a rapid rise of fundamentalism, the far right and other violent movements across the globe. From the USA and the UK, to Russia, Turkey and Poland, and now Austria, the extremist ideologies, driven by radical religious, nationalist and deeply patriarchal agenda, have been jeopardising the rights of women, minorities and migrants. All of these movements are characterised by the rejection of the universal human rights, attack on female sexual-reproductive rights, criminalising of homosexuality and dehumanising of migrants and people of ethnic minorities.

Though clearly incited by the nationalist, populist and patriarchal interests, these developments have also been aided by the simultaneous rise of the neo-liberalism, particularly in the form cultural relativism and identity politics, that seek to discourage political analysis of violence, naturalise inequalities and promote the ideas of individualized self-identification and self-segregation over universal human rights and collective organizing and solidarity.

In Europe, this collusion between the two seemingly different forces resulted in the de-secularisation of public policy, in particular, of relations between the state and ethnic minorities. Thus, during the decades since 1990, religion-legalism - the enforcement of religious law by specifically-religious courts become tolerated or endorsed by civil governments and NGOs alike. This has had an especially tragic effect on the rights of women of ethnic minorities and raised legitimate concerns among feminist and women ethnic minorities groups. #EUevents
 

 

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