Latin American Feminism in Motion

Latin American Feminism in Motion
18 November 2019, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
IALS Council Chamber, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Professor Linda Newson, Director Institute of Latin American Studies


Amalia Fischer, Fundo ELAS, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rachell Sánchez, Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge

Dr Nadia Mosquera Muriel, Institute of Latin American Studies

Gisela Valle, Latin American Women's Rights Service, 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. The event will draw on Amalia’s experience in Brazil, and that of a panel of UK-based interdisciplinary scholars working in other countries in the region, including Mexico and Venezuela, to map the agenda of the feminist struggle in contemporary Latin America and explore how regional coalitions can be achieved.


Olga Jimenez
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