Manufacturing Moral Panic: Weaponizing Children to Undermine Gender Justice and Human Rights

Elevate Children Funders Group and Global Philanthropy Project with the research team Sentiido

This report explores how gender-restrictive groups are using child protection rhetoric to manufacture moral panic and mobilize against human rights, and how this strengthens the illiberal politics currently undermining democracies. The report’s comparative analysis of three country case studies (Bulgaria, Ghana, and Perú) underscores recurring strategies, narratives, and actors and gives insight into how gender-restrictive groups collaborate and engage in coalitional work across the globe. This significant new research report includes important findings and recommendations for funders.