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what is going on with this lawthe reactions and comments it is generating It doesn’t seem like an isolated case., but rather part of a whole strategy that covers several continents and whose ultimate objective is to stop the advance of democratic proposals and, ultimately, of the human rights of women, the LGBTIQ community, migrants and others vulnerable minorities. The problem does not seem to be that particular law, nor the trans law before it.

The problem could be much broaderand so that you understand what I mean by all this, I would like in this section to echo an investigation carried out by women’s funds from various countries within the framework of the project On The Right Trackan initiative that seeks to support feminist organizations and activists against the attacks they are subjected to.

This investigation its titled Attacks on democracy in Europe and Latin America. Voices from feminisms, and can be consulted on the website of the Calala fund, the Spanish fund that participated in its preparation together with its partners from Colombia, Chile and Bulgaria.

The investigation is very detailed. Several teams from several countries worked on it at the same time, and they make a mapping of main actors, organizations, forums and political parties, which promote a fundamentalist and conservative agenda internationally. They categorize attacks against feminists and human rights defenders, describe the modus operandi and the alliances of this network… etc.

The conclusion they reach is that behind these attacks on feminist proposals there’s a whole band of actors with a very clear political and economic agenda, and a very efficient organization and articulation.

As he told in an interview with the jump the director of the Calala fund, María Palomares, in the 90s there were many advances in legislation on women’s rights, and it was at that moment when the churches –Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox– as well as conservative groups realized that they were losing the cultural battle, and began to organize and define a common goal.

Thus, they begin to create their own NGOs, foundations, medical or legal institutes. Since then, these reactionary groups manage to penetrate in different multilateral spaces, such as the OAS or the EU, and from there legitimize their discourse.

The research identifies nearly 500 anti-rights movements and organizations in more than 30 countries in Europe alone. They also map important actors in Latin America who maintain these discourses.

Some of these movements, both in Europe and in Latin America, are directly linked to different churches. In Latin America, many come directly from the evangelical church. Many others declare themselves independent.

For example, they talk about the network called Tradition, Family and Property that has permeated Eastern Europe. Under this denomination are articulated catholic groups Brazilian-inspired, socially conservative and economically ultra-liberal.

They have found groups whose ultimate goal is fight against human rights the LGBTQ+ community: the Popular movement of love against homosexuality from Ukraine or The Demonstration for All of France, which promotes an agenda against gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.

Most of those groups are funded by US agencies, related to the World Congress of Families or the Alliance in Defense of Freedom, but there are also indications of financing by Russian ultra-conservative groups. Konstantin Maloféyev, a Russian ultra-nationalist oligarch who founded an ultra-conservative television channel within the country, has been singled out as one of the main sponsors of these groups in Europe, for example.

These gentlemen are not limited to civil organizations: they have also created legal organizations for someone to defend the anti-rights agenda at a professional level, and at the same time judicially attack feminist activists, LGBTI, etc.

does it ring a bell the Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers? According to the investigation, it is part of this network. Also notable in Europe are the European Center for Law and Justice and the Alliance Defending Freedom, of American origin. In Poland, a bastion of these NGOs and organizations par excellence, there is Ordo Iuris, lawyers against what they call the “LGBTIQ+ ideology”.

The media part cannot be missing. These groups do not only manage media campaigns that receive attention in certain media. They not only organize forums and lobby, but also manage their own media.

In Latin America, the activists detected both the strong presence of fundamentalists in the media, as well as the media acquisition by these groups to have their own platforms for their speeches. Anyone who has passed through Latin America will surely have seen the occasional evangelical channel or interventions by evangelicals on both public and private channels. There is a channel in Central America, called Hossana TV, which is open, and one of the main spaces for disseminating these messages.

What cannot be denied to them is their impressive ability to articulate: thus, the same strategies reach several international spaces at the same time. Create your own opinion leadersThey give them a platform in the media, build social networks and then organize international forums with the participation of those influencers.

The Argentines Agustín Laje and Nicolás Márquez, for example, are the most illustrious examples in South America. They have written a book called The black book of the new left and they have toured various countries promoting and amplifying his discourse of gender ideology. According to the investigation, in 2017 they managed to get the book to the president of Paraguay, who later declared himself “against gender ideology.”

Christian Rosas, from Peru, founded the movement Do not mess with my childrena campaign that reached Uruguay to make lobby against the Comprehensive Law for trans people. She arrived in Colombia in 2016, where she managed to mobilize people (eye) in against the Peace Agreement and sexual education.

Everything revolves around concepts like values, family, life, freedom… In 2019, Uruguay held the II South American Congress for Life and Family. Agustín Laje and Christian Márquez participated. Also in 2019, the III Transatlantic Summit was held in Colombia. The name is very well camouflaged, you have to see who summons.

That Summit of the network for values ​​was supported by former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe Velez, and one of the issues they addressed was the fight against “gender ideology.”

And, of course, the World Congress of Families, founded in 1997 and with enormous influence in Latin America and Europe, has become a platform par excellence to attack the rights of minorities and the rights of women, hiding behind another time, in words like “family”, “value”, “tradition”, etc. It’s not just a forum. it’s a lobby that tries to intervene in institutional policies. In 2019, their headquarters were in Italy, in support of Salvini and Italian neo-fascism…before, they did it in Georgia, Hungary and Moldova…in 2022 they organized it in Mexico, by the way.

Another noteworthy fact that the researchers maintain, and that was what I was going, actually, is that part of the modus operandi of that network consists of questioning or trying to reverse established laws. The researchers give as an example the Gender Violence Law that was approved in 2004, and that began to be questioned by the extreme right a few years ago. They mobilize their bases using different narratives: false complaints, rapes in women’s locker rooms, sex changes after being accused of gender violence… all this story that leads their bases to affirm that feminists are going too far, that we must put a limit to all that.

And since I’m running short of time, I really recommend reading that entire investigation, because it illustrates the level of organization and cross-border articulation that, if it weren’t so dangerous, would be an example to follow.

How far-right influencers articulate internationally