ELSE-FRENKEL-BRUNSWIK-INSTITUTE for Democracy Research in Saxony

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Project in Saxony

Gender democracy in the Ore Mountains


In the research project Gender Democracy in the Ore Mountains, regional lines of conflict and perspectives on the topics of reproductive justice and gender-specific violence are considered.

How people participate in society determines the state of democracy. This also and especially applies to the rights of women in society and to attempts to implement gender democracy. Gender democracy means the recognition of differences based on equal rights and opportunities regardless of gender and sexual orientation. This describes a previously unresolved demand for social interaction. If ideas of inequality and violence dominate relations between the sexes, then democratic coexistence is endangered.

Especially after the end of the GDR, not only the economic and political living conditions in the Erzgebirge changed, but also the rights of women. As in the recent past, the current situation in dealing with women's rights is also characterized by many social and political conflicts. One example is the right to an abortion. In the Ore Mountains in particular, it causes strong polarization and protests. Conflicts have also come to light in the last decades in the Erzgebirge in the fields of protection against violence and women's counseling, which are to be discussed and understood in the research project.


We try to understand the different lines of conflict because we are interested in finding out how the local population perceives the debates, how they are involved, what problems and what opportunities they see. The research is based on group discussions and interviews, in which everyday experiences and conflict dynamics are discussed and reflected on at the same time. The central question is what significance gender democracy has for the freedom of life plans and social coexistence in the region and beyond.