Latin American Feminism in Motion – Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London

Margaret Anstee Centre Research Fellow Jessica Sklair will be co-organising the event Latin American Feminism in Motion, a panel discussion hosted by the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Date and time:

18 November 2019

5.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue:

IALS Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

17 Russell Square

London WC1B 5DR

This event is free but please register to attend at https://ilas.sas.ac.uk/events/event/21373

Chair: 

Professor Linda Newson

Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Speakers:

Amalia Fischer

Fundo ELAS, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Gisela Valle

Latin American Women’s Rights Service, London

Rachell Sánchez

Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge

Dr Nadia Mosquera Muriel

Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

This panel discussion aims to foster greater understanding of the current state of struggles for women’s rights in Latin America and place them within the contemporary political landscape of the region, with a focus on Brazil. Recent political changes in Brazil have brought new challenges for already vulnerable women’s movements across the country. Now more than ever, those working for the rights of women in Brazil around issues such as labour, reproductive justice, anti-racism, domestic violence, sexual violence, homophobia, transphobia and exploitation, are seeking to build and strengthen coalitions with other social movements. This shift has also made lines of academic research in solidarity with these mobilisations all the more urgent. The event will explore how the situation of women within struggles against anti-blackness, anti-indigeneity, homophobia, transphobia, wage inequality, violence and reproductive rights in the region, mirrors the vitality of current feminists struggles around the world.

The event will benefit from the participation of Amalia Fischer, director of the Fundo Elas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Fundo Elas raises funds to support social movements and grassroots NGOs working for women’s rights throughout Brazil, and has been at the forefront of recent struggles to protect women’s movements in the context of the country’s current hostile political environment. Hosting discussion between Amalia and speakers working on Latin American women’s rights in Mexico, Venezuela and the UK, the panel will map the agenda of the feminist struggle in contemporary Latin America and explore how regional and international coalitions can be achieved.

This event is organised by Dr Nadia Mosquera Muriel (Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London) and Dr Jessica Sklair (Research Fellow, Margaret Anstee Centre, University of Cambridge and Associate Fellow, ILAS). Please direct any enquiries to nadia.mosqueramuriel@sas.ac.uk or js222@cam.ac.uk

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