Anti gender politics is micro politics, is macro politics and geopolitics – all at once. While this de-democratizing waves may not manifest the same way in Asia, Africa and the Pacific (as in Latin America and the US), anti gender politics is impacting international gender and human rights normative frames, institutions and debates.
Sonia Correa | Coordinator Sexuality Policy Watch and Associate Researcher at ABIA
Debates around the meaning of “gender,” within and across movements and alliances, have often exhibited our understanding to be fractious, fungible and silo-ed. This new project, gender 360, seeks to articulate the conceptual, practical and tactical bases of developing legal, policy and programmatic work that supports focused work in one area, while making room and expanding the ‘gender agendas’ (such as, expanding the meaning gender to include a range of genders and gender non-conforming people instead of male-female binary) of differently situated organizations and movements.
In policy circles today, almost all ‘gender fights’ can be linked to an understanding of gender that is singular, inadequately situated within its social, political and economic contexts (including of attacks on civil society at all levels), and unanchored in a multi-sectoral analysis. One example is the current revived effort in a variety of UN settings, to define “gender” as limited to “male and female,” so that issues of gender identity and expressions can be left out.
Developing the gender 360 project, therefore, requires work that is both conceptual and practical, providing a roadmap for building common understandings and common action. The initiative includes working with partners to build a strong, intersectional, situated and encompassing analysis that addresses some of the existing silences and silos in their current work. It builds upon existing local, regional and global partnerships to strengthen and advances our gender 360 work as a cross-movement building process. The initiative counters ongoing efforts to compress the understanding of “gender” that is narrow, heteronormative and de-contextualized, as evidenced by current debates about “gender ideology” from Latin America.