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Overview and Aims

The Feminist Gender Equality Network (FGEN) is a cross-sector, interdisciplinary international organisation that adopts an intersectional feminist framework in order to:

  • advance the understanding of gender and sex as fluid categories
  • protect the rights and needs of people of all (or no) gender
  • counter transphobia and transmisogyny in social life and institutions, legal structures, political movements and media and cultural representation
  • counter sexism and gender-based violence and discrimination
  • further intersectional understanding and political mobilisation to stress the relationship between gender marginalisation and other social inequalities
  • forward self and bodily autonomy and reproductive choice and rights

develop social, cultural, legal, and policy frameworks to forward the above, share knowledge and expertise, and develop best practice

Membership

FGEN has over 1,000 members and is expanding rapidly. Membership is comprised of academics and students, educationalists, health and medical professionals, policy makers, lawyers, community organisations, and a wide range of other professions including trade unionists, members of religious and faith-based organisations, scientists, business leaders, activists, and media and cultural industry professionals.

 

Structure

FGEN is led by Professor Sally Hines (University of Sheffield) and Natacha Kennedy (Goldsmiths, University of London). It has a steering committee – see Google Doc – and is structured around thematic streams, which bring people together in their areas of expertise.

These include: education, health and health care, equality, diversity and inclusion, law and policy, crime and criminal justice, sport, media and visual culture, violence, political representation and trade unionism, the third sector, galleries, libraries and museums, social work and counselling, race and ethnicity, religion and faith, sexualities, families and intimacy, ageing and later life, and employment.

Dissemination and Impact

FGEN will disseminate ideas through publications and reports. It will hold a range of in-person and virtual events including conferences, workshops and seminars, discussion groups, film showings, book launches and exhibitions.