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Women’s Resistance to Violence in Brazil – Seminar with CFR Visiting Graduate Students Vinícius Santiago and Laura Martello

CFR and CERLAC Present:
Seminar with CFR Visiting Graduate Students Vinícius Santiago and Laura Martello

Chaired by Dr. Anna Agathengelou
Date: Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: 2.30-4.30pm
Location: 626 Kaneff Tower
Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible space, gender-neutral & gender-segregated washrooms. Light refreshments provided. Please advise of allergies/dietary needs with RSVP. Kaneff is not a scent-free environment. FREE event. All are welcome.
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“Young feminist protests resisting the conservative reaction and the neoliberal offensive”
Massive street protests against sexual abuse and femicide and in defense of sexual and reproductive rights have taken place in the last years in Brazil,
resisting the conservative reaction and neoliberal offensive that coordinated a misogynist coup and the recent election of a ultra-right wing president.
Combining elements of festivity and disruption in protests deeply rooted in local popular culture, young feminists are developing self-defense strategies
to deal with patriarchal, capitalist and racist violence.
Laura França Martello is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
“Mothers resisting state violence in favelas of Rio de Janeiro”
Black people who live in favelas are one of the main targets of military violence in Brazil. Military police invasion in favelas has been one of the most outrageous state practices
through which the pacification policy has been carried out in the last years in Brazil. The murdering of black people in favelas of Rio, especially black youths,
reveals the deadly racism of a country that leads the murder rate of young black men in the world. Due to this devastating context, some mothers have come to the streets
to protest this murderous state practice and to mourn publicly their sons’ lives. Public mourning has been a sign of resistance to state violence and a political tool
to claim justice in face of the arbitrariness of the state.
Vinícius Santiago is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Institute of International Relations of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio), Brazil.


Jan 28 2019


2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Kaneff Tower Room 626
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