Rosa Manus Lecture: Latin American Feminism: A new Wave?

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Latin America is notable for the strength and variety of its women’s movements and for the widespread activism that from the 1980s brought legal reforms, qu­otas for female representation in politics and other gender equality measures. Yet in many areas change has been slow and there have been reverses.

High levels of gender based violence are but one indicator of this, and the lack of certain reproductive rights another.­ These issues have become a focus of recent large scale protests such as the Ni Una Menos campaign that brought tens of thousands  onto the streets of five Latin American countries last year, and young feminists appear to be leading a new wave of activism. Maxine Molyneux presents her reflections on the history of Latin American feminism, focusing on the five decades since the  ‘Second Wave’ of the 1970s. She asks how different are the struggles, tactics and challenges that confront the new wave of young activists as compared with previous generations? How different are the challenges today, and does feminism confront the rise of a more organised and self confident anti-feminist, anti-LGBTQI,  pro- family religious opposition?
The Rosa Manus Lecture is a tribute to a woman who is of historical importance for the development of women’s position as fully-fledged political citizens and also in the field of history. Rosa Manus (1881–1942) played a crucial role in the women’s suffrage movement and the peace movement at both a national and international level. In 1935, she was one of the founders of the International Archives for the Women's Movement (IAV), the precursor of the Atria-archive.

You are welcome from 7.00 p.m. onwards. The lecture starts at 7.30 p.m.
At 9.00 p.m. the programme will be concluded with a festive drinks reception.
Both the lecture and the comment will be held in English.

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