Experts and selection

Experts and selection

Judit Acsády
Sociologist, employed by the Sociology Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 1995 . Diploma at ELTE University, Budapest. Attended postgraduate courses at the University of Amsterdam (ACCESS Program) and at EHESS, Paris. Attained her PhD degree in 2005. Title of Dissertation: „Emancipation and Identity”. Main research field includes: changes in gender relations after the transition in Hungary, representation of gender relations, construction of emancipation in public life, history of debates on the “woman question”, history of feminist movements in Hungary (19th, 20th century). She is on national and international expert panels on gender-related sociological issues. Founding member of the Feminist Network (1990) and was a co-editor of its journal (until 1998). As a student active in grass root movements until the mid-1990’s. Mother of a 12 year old boy, Aron.

Lídia Balogh
Lídia Balogh holds three MAs: Nationalism Studies (CEU, Budapest, 2009), Communication Studies (JATE, Szeged, 1999), Hungarian Language and Literature (JATE, Szeged, 1998). Currently, she is a PhD student at ELTE (Budapest), Film-, Media and Cultural Theory Doctoral Program. As a freelance researcher, she participated in numerous projects e.g. of the Research Institute of Ethnic and National Minorities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and of the RAXEN Program of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. Besides this, she has been working for the MONA Foundation for the Women of Hungary since 2004. Between 1998-2002, she worked as a documentarist for the Metropolitan Library of Budapest, Department of Sociology.

Borbála Juhász
Field of expertise: History of feminism, historical and sociological research of feminist movements, work-life balance, family policies, gender equality lobbying
Short bio: Ms Juhász holds MAs in History and English from ELTE University, and an MA in Eastern European History from Central European University, Budapest. She is on the Board of the European Women’s Lobby and the Hungarian Women’s Lobby, and she is a member of the REGINA Foundation. Her experience includes researching and lecturing on wide-ranging gender equality issues, working as the head of the Gender Equality Unit at the Ministry of Equal Opportunities (2003-2004), and currently providing NGO expertise and carrying out lobbying for gender equality both at national and international level.


Report on the selection process by the Hungarian FRAGEN team

The “second wave of feminism” that started in the Western countries in the 1960s did not have a reflection in a similar movement in Hungary before the fall of the state communist system in 1989, so our aim was to find manifests mainly from the following era.

The documents that our experts selected included manifests partly from the first half of the 1990s, and partly text from after 2000 – this marks that both the era after the political changes and the time around Hungary’s EU accession and afterwards proved to be important from the aspect of the feminist movement. In the early 1990s a number of significant women’s and feminist non-governmental organizations were formed, which in their mission statements set long-term goals for the newly forming movement in striving for gender equality. Some of these organizations continued to grow and achieve significant results in advancing women’s rights in different areas, not just individually, but more and more in collaboration with each other, addressing current problematic issues. We aimed to reflect these trends by including documents about issues that have proved to be highly relevant in the Hungarian context.