Time and location

Monday, 15 May 2017, 19:00 - 21:00
WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie, Westbahnstraße 40, 1070 Vienna


Birgit Sauer
Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

Kate Lappin,
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

Virginia López Calvo
WeMove.EU Platform, WIDE+

Chair: Nadja Schuster, VIDC
Opening: Claudia Thallmayer, WIDE

Languages: English and German with simultaneous interpretation

Registration: seewald@remove-this.vidc.org

Feminist Strategies against Neoliberalism and Nationalism



The developments of the past few years were marked by a multiple economic crisis, which was met with rigid austerity politics and along with the weakening of the welfare state. On the other hand, a political backlash can be observed world-wide, characterized by right-wing populism, racism and increasing authoritarianism, with strong anti-feminist features.
The extent to which these two developments are linked to each other is to be discussed in this panel discussion as well as possible feminist counterstrategies. Starting from a feminist analysis of current economic and identity politics, strategies are to be presented that combat nationalist tendencies, counteract polarization and in order to reach inclusive, participatory societies based on equality.
Another subject of the discussion will be current campaigns for transnational feminist mobilization to challenge the current neoliberal capitalism on the one hand and on the other to support transnational solidarity struggles of women for their rights.


Action Workshop: "Get ready!"
Mobilising for transnational feminist solidarity for distributive justice

Tuesday, 16 Mai 2017, 16:00 - 19:30
International Institute for Peace, Möllwaldplatz 5/2, 1040 Vienna



Birgit Sauer

studied Political Science and German Studies in Tübingen und Berlin. She was a visiting professor at the Konkuk University in Seoul/Korea (1993/94) and at the University of Klagenfurt (1994), a research associate at the Department of Sociology at the University of Freiburg (1995–1996), an assistant at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna (1996–2001) and an associate professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna (2001–2006). In winter term 2001/02 Birgit held a Visiting Professorship for Women- and Gender studies at the Department for Political Science at the University of Mainz and was a visiting professor at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton/USA in winter term 2003/04. Since 2006 she is professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna.
Her main research areas are politic and gender relations, state and institutional theory, politics and affects as well as right wing populism.

Kate Lappin

is the Regional Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), a network of 200 women's rights organisations and activists working in 26 countries of Asia Pacific. Kate has worked for 20 years in the promotion of women's rights including with Amnesty International, a state Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission in Australia, the trade union movement and has taught in several universities in the field of law, human rights and women's rights. She is a member of UN Women’s Asia Pacific Civil Society Advisory Committee, sits on the Executive Committee of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition and the coordinating committee of the Southeast Asian Women´s Caucus.

Virgina López Calvo

is currently based in Madrid, has lived before in London, Istanbul and Brussels, and spends much time in Rome and other European cities. She is a feminist activist at her peak performance when weaving transnational and intercontinental networks, particularly those working in the intersection of gender, economic and environmental justice. A feminist advocate for more than a decade, Virginia has worked on decriminalisation of abortion, women’s participation in macroeconomic policy-making and trade justice. Currently she works as a campaigner for We Move Europe (WeMove.EU).

Nadja Schuster

is a sociologist and feminist. Since 2011 she works with the VIDC on the thematic areas of gender with a specific focus on engaging men and boys for gender justice, human trafficking for the purpose of sexual and labour exploitation, migration and development, parliamentary cooperation, and Policy Coherence for Development. Nadja is also the editor of VIDC’s online magazine Spotlight. In September 2016 she participated in the Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) Forum in Brazil, which inspired her work and reinvigorated her belief in the power of intersectional feminist collectivity.

Claudia Thallmayer

studied psychology in Vienna. Her engagement in the solidarity movement with Nicaragua was the starting point for her activism in the field of women´s rights in the development context. Her fields of expertise are women´s rights and development, migration and racism. Since 2009, she works as a (co-)coordinator of WIDE – Austrian Network for Women´s Rights and Feminist Perspectives in Development.