WOMEN, POWER AND POLITICS IN THE AMERICAS
Université du Québec à Montréal – March 14-16, 2013
The Centre for Research on Brazil (CERB), the Institute of Feminist Research (IREF) and the Nycole Turmel Chair on public spheres and political innovation of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) are jointly organising a symposium on the theme of Women, Power and Politics in the Americas.
The recent rise of women to positions as President in Latin America (Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, etc.), while their access to such posts continues to be difficult in NorthAmerica,is striking and demands that we analyse the meaning oft hese political changes and the impact of institutional reforms in political systems that have historically excluded women or segregated them. Such reforms have included measures to promote gender parity in elected bodies at different levels of power, as well as mechanisms of political decentralisation and participatory democracy that open greater space for civil society and diversity, especially for women.
Simultaneously, relations amongst countries in the Americas have intensified and the continental dimension of these processes is more and more evident; moreover, social movements (unions, women, indigenous peoples, youth and students, amongst others) persistently voice their demands on a wide variety of fronts ranging from struggles against the privatization of natural resources to the rights of landless peasants, indigenous peoples and workers. Given the role of these movements in the public sphere, key questionscanberaisedabouttheplaceandroleinthemofwomen,and regarding their practice concerning women’s rights and emancipation.
By bringing together researchers and civil society activists from throughout the Americas, this symposium aims to analyse four main issues:
- The reinvention of political practices and the inclusion of feminist demands in the public agenda
- New democratic practices and experiments in participatory democracy and social mobilisation
- The challenges and limits of women’s political participation.