4th-8th December 2017

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December 4th, 2017, 5:00 pm at India International Centre, New Delhi


Women, UK Politics and Brexit
Lecture by Professor Fiona Mackay, University of Edinburgh

This lecture will focus on Brexit – the UK’s decision to exit the European Union after an advisory popular referendum in 2016.Women politicians are more high profile than ever before, holding prominent positions in government and opposition at UK and sub state nation levels. However, women – and gendered perspectives- have played a minor role in debates leading up to the 2016 United Kingdom European Union Membership Referendum and in the developments that have unfolded since the decision to exit the EU. The Lecture will examine the gendered exclusions of the ongoing politics of Brexit, and outline the potential gendered consequences of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union for women’s rights (especially for poor and migrant women) and for women’s security (especially in the post-conflict jurisdiction of Northern Ireland).  The referendum result revealed significant divisions in terms of age, education, social values, and location/region. It also revealed that the majority of women – including a large majority of young women – voted to Remain rather than Leave the EU. Despite the efforts of feminist academics and women’s organisations, Brexit remains largely unexamined from a gender perspective. Indeed populist rhetoric around Brexit as the “will of the people” has created particular obstacles for the political mobilisation of women.