#RSF2020 ep VIII: Gender, populism and illiberalism in the 21st century

During the 8th "Riga Security Forum 2020" podcast session, we discuss gender, populism, and illiberalism in the 21st century. 

Marking 25 years of the Beijing Platform and 20 years of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, the year 2020 has seen many discussions on women in peace and security. This is also true for Latvia, where the Government has recently adopted the first National Action Plan on implementing the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. 

However, gender, LGBTQI+ rights values of open societies have become a serious bone of contention in some countries of the Trans-Atlantic value space. Canceling freedoms and introducing restrictions, and even attacking the rights of minorities seem to resonate with political players far and wide, therefore drawing attention to the quality of democracy and liberalism that the Western world bears so proudly. How will these developments change the understanding of the democratic Trans-Atlantic alliance?
  • Beth Woroniuk, Policy Lead at the Equality Fund.  Her work includes advocating for more and better financing for women’s organizations and movements and for effective feminist foreign policies. She also chairs the Women, Peace, and Security Network-Canada.

  • Clara Cabrera Brasero, Ambassador-at-large for Gender Equality in Foreign Policy, Spain;

Moderator: Elizabete Vizgunova, Associate Researcher at the LIIA and Researcher at the Public Policy Management Institute, Lithuania.

The conversation from December 11 will be available here, LIIA social media accounts, as well as on YouTube, 'Spotify,' and 'Apple Podcast' platforms.

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More about the project learn over here.

The project is the result of successful collaboration between the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA), the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Representation of the European Commission in Latvia, the German Federal Foreign Office, and Embassies of Poland, Canada, and Spain in Latvia.

Published 09 December 2020