Gender, Sexuality and Struggles for Justice in Latin America:
Legal, Political and Social Dimensions

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Over the last twenty years, legal activism has become a dominant tool for advancing gender and sexuality rights in the Americas. A region usually known for its Catholic religiosity and patriarchal institutions has expanded gender and sexual rights in an unprecedented manner as we have seen the enactment of anti-violence and anti-discrimination legislation, gay marriage and the world’s most progressive gender-identity law. What accounts for this phenomenon? What explains the uneven success of this legal approach to social justice issues? And, what has it actually meant for the concrete struggles of gendered, sexualized, and racialized social groups?

Convened by the Latin American Studies Association’s (LASA) Gender and Feminist Studies, and Sexualities Studies Sections, and sponsored by the American University Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and the Impact Litigation Project at American University Washington College of Law, this third co-organized Pre-Conference brings together scholars, activists and legal practitioners from across the hemisphere to discuss these questions raised by Latin America’s transformations of gender and sexuality rights. Particular attention will be given to the possibilities and limitations of legal activism for the pursuit of social justice and equity issues.

Cosponsored by the Latin American Studies Association




WCL Alumni, AU & WCL Students, Faculty & Staff – No Charge
General Public - No Charge
(registration is required)

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