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Panel: "Before and After #NiUnaMenos and #MeToo in Latin America"

Tue, October 16, 2018 | Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd floor conference room

12:00 PM

"Before and After #NiUnaMenos and #MeToo in Latin America"

Visiting panelists Paulina García-Del Moral (University of Guelph) and Isabel Cristina Jaramillo Sierra (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá) discuss #MeToo, #NiUnaMenos, and other movements that have become iconic of women's protests against violence in the United States and Latin America.

García-Del Moral points out that while the #MeToo movement has proven to be an important catalyst for feminist mobilizations around the world, including in Mexico, the emphasis of both Mexican and US media on the arrival of #MeToo in Mexico as a novelty or, alternatively, as a revolutionary force from abroad, risks eclipsing the powerful impact of the efforts of Mexican and Latin American feminist activists to challenge gender violence long before #MeToo. 

The nearly two-decades-old campaign against feminicidio (feminicide) Ni Una Más (Not one more woman murdered), the national mass demonstrations against systemic sexism of April 24, 2016, under the hashtags #24A and #Vivas Nos Queremos (We want ourselves alive), as well as the yearly marches on International Women’s Day (March 8) or on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25) are only a few examples of such feminist efforts.

In her presentation, Jaramillo Sierra looks at the global phenomenon sparked by #MeToo, a term originally coined by activist Tarana Burke. In Colombia, the global campaign produced many meanings yet, unfortunately, few tangible results. Some have used the Spanish version to support in the abstract the fight against sexual harassment and express solidarity with victims. Young college students have used the hashtag and topic to denounce the sexual violence they endure at home, in the streets, and on campuses around the country. Finally, some reporters and broadcasters have written about their own experiences. Yet there is already a sense of frustration among women who just don't understand why no heads are rolling yet. This presentation engages that frustration, showing the opportunities and limitations of these types of mobilizations in light of the prevailing arguments in Colombian law regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence in general. 

Paulina García-Del Moral is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph, Canada. Isabel Cristina Jaramillo Sierra is full professor of law at Universidad de los Andes. 

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paloma Díaz.

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