ZiF RESEARCH GROUP: GLOBAL CONTESTATIONS OF WOMEN’S AND GENDER RIGHTS October 2020 – July 2021 Convenors: Alexandra Scheele (Bielefeld, GER), Julia Roth (Bielefeld, GER), Heidemarie Winkel (Bielefeld, GER) This is especially evident in the renewed debates about abortion rights, marriage for all, early sexual education or in the hostility towards feminists and gender studies. Forty years after its adoption by the General Assembly of the UN, most states have ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), but none has fully realized gender equality. By contrast, gender has been globally reinforced as a category of structural, institutional and cultural inequality. This divide between legally guaranteed gender equality principles and the empirical continuation of gender inequality is the starting point of the research group’s work programme. https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/ZiF/FG/2020Gender/index.html