Women and the far right

Orr, Judith

Publisher:  International Socialism
Date Written:  01/07/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23818

Many of the past gains of human and civil rights with women are at risk of being rolled back as the far right assumes power in numerous countries. Such attacks on women's reproductive rights and their places and roles in society have historical precedents in fascist movements in the past.



The far right is on the rise across the globe and the gains made by women since the 1960s are in their sights. The leader of the world’s most powerful nation is a proud misogynist, boasts about the sexual harassment of women and has declared himself intent on abolishing abortion rights across the United States. Donald Trump was elected as a Republican candidate, but he ran on a right-wing populist platform and his presidency has emboldened far-right and anti-abortion movements globally. The far-right governments of Fidesz in Hungary and the League in Italy are pushing the most conservative vision of the family, with propaganda machines urging women to have more babies. In Brazil, newly elected president Jair Bolsonaro has demonstrated his approach to women’s rights by closing the department for human rights and creating a Department for Family Values headed up by Damares Alves who has said: "We want a Brazil without abortion".
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