Solidarity, Activism, and Guatelmalan Women’s Rights

November 21, 2016 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Room: 3M69, University of Winnipeg
Graham Hall
515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9

Co-sponsored by: Caribbean Research Institute, Department of Anthropology, Department of Political Science, Institute for International Women’s Rights – Global College, Institute for Women and Gender Studies – Margaret Lawrence Fund, Ridd Institute for Religion and Global Policy

Talk Summary:
How do people put human rights into practice? How does such practice
look like on ground? And what are the opportunities and challenges in
observing and analyzing such efforts? This talk will address these
questions by focusing on the Guatemalan movement to eradicate violence
against women. It will open with an introduction to gender-based
post-conflict violence in the country, address several public events
meant to claim and protect women’s rights, and discuss questions
regarding the scholar’s position within the field.


Tal Nitsán is a feminist scholar critically examining socio-cultural
global and local perspectives of the intersections between gender,
violence, and law and society. Her interdisciplinary projects navigate
between three main research sites: Israel/Palestine, Guatemala, and
North America. She currently holds the Sophie Davis Post-Doctoral
Fellow on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace at the Davis Institute
for International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her
research on transnational women’s human rights discourse in theory and
practice offers a comparative perspective on the role of dignity and
diversity in promoting social justice in Guatemala and Israel. Dr.
Nitsán taught several undergraduate courses on gender and socio-legal
issues in both the Anthropology Department and the Sociology
Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and has been
actively implementing insights from her fieldwork with the Guatemalan
movement to end violence against women into campus-based activism on
gendered violence. She completed her PhD in Anthropology at UBC where
she was a Liu Institute Scholar. She holds an MA in Anthropology and
Sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she was a
Truman Institute scholar, and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology and
Latin American Studies. She volunteered at the Jerusalem Rape Crisis
Center, and serves as a member of the UBC Sexual Assault Awareness
Advisory Committee as well as the American Anthropology Association’s
Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology (CoGEA).

Tea/coffee and light refreshments will be served