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Indigenous Women leading the Defence of Human Rights

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 12:00 to 14:00

In English 

With / Avec Nancy R. Tapias Torrado

 

Indigenous Women leading the Defence of Human Rights from the Abuses by Megaprojects in Latin America, in the Face of Extreme Violence.

In the face of extreme violence, some indigenous women-led social movement organizations defending human rights from the abuses related to mega-projects in Latin America have managed to achieve favourable changes in corporate practices. In the predominantly patriarchal, capitalist and racist context of Latin America, what can explain the success of indigenous women-led social movement organizations over the most politically and economically powerful actors in the world? In this occasion, Nancy R. Tapias Torrado will give a brief overview of her doctoral investigation, where she uses a multi-level qualitative case study research methodology to develop an analysis that aims to find an explanation for such success. For this, she learns from cases in Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala and Peru.

Nancy R. Tapias Torrado is a Colombian human rights lawyer, international consultant, and doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Oxford University. Her thesis, “Indigenous Women leading the Defence of Human Rights from the Abuses by Mega-Projects in Latin America, in the face of Extreme Violence,” explores the impact of social movement organizations led by indigenous women on the practice of corporate actors involved in mega-projects. Her research comes out of her decade of experience working with Amnesty International as the researcher on the situation of human rights defenders in the Americas. It also comes out of her conviction that not only do western institutions fail to protect human rights defenders; they  also fail to fully appreciate the power  and leadership of such women.

 

Venue: LB-1019

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