CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 2, 2017)—The challenges of indigenous women, women’s political representation, and reproductive rights were among the topics discussed last week at a symposium on post-millennium gender and equality in Latin America, hosted by the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas.
The symposium brought together scholars from different countries, disciplines, and perspectives, including Fernando Filgueira, the former deputy minister of education of Uruguay. He discussed the interactions between gender and class inequality in Latin America and its impact on the possibilities and patterns of women’s economic empowerment. “Education favors women, though educational career segregation does not,” he said.
Another speaker, Jennifer Piscopo from Arizona State University, explored the question: “Did Latin America’s left turn improve women’s representation in government?”
The event organizer, Merike Blofield, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, and the institute’s faculty lead of Gender and Social Development, led the conversation on gender equality in policies in relation to violence and reproductive rights. Fellow speakers Christina Ewig, from the University of Minnesota, and Caroline Beer, from the University of Vermont, joined the discussion. “We had a great opportunity to share recent academic work on gender equality in Latin America,” said Blofield.
The symposium is part of the institute’s activities centered on the United Nations International Women’s Day on March 8. This year’s theme is Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030. “I am convinced that we will be able to move this discussion forward in the context of Latin America and the Caribbean,” Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, the institute’s director, said.