On Wednesday 24 May, the CSC Alumni Team hosted the Development in Action webinar on ‘High-risk feminism in Colombia: women’s mobilisation in violent contexts and lessons learnt’. The webinar was delivered by Commonwealth Alumnus, Dr Julia Zulver.

This webinar addressed the CSC development theme of Strengthening Global Peace, Security, and Governance.

The CSC’s Development in Action webinar series aims to highlight the work and research of Commonwealth Alumni across a range of development impact areas.

About the speaker

Dr Julia Zulver is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies and the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas (UNAM, Mexico).

Dr Zulver’s work investigates women’s high-risk leadership in Latin America, with a focus on Mexico, El Salvador, and Colombia. As a researcher, she has great expertise in the area of high-risk feminism especially in the context of the Colombia-Venezuela border, where she supported the  Cosas de Mujeres gender data project with vulnerable women facilitated by feminist research consultancy, Ladysmith. Her book, High-Risk Feminism in Colombia, was published by Rutgers University Press in May 2022, and in Spanish by the Universidad de los Andes.

Dr Julia Zulver is a 2015 Commonwealth Scholar from Canada. She completed her DPhil in Sociology at the University of Oxford.

Supporting women in their struggle for justice

In this webinar, Dr Zulver discussed her doctoral research study which investigated high-risk feminism in Colombia. Highlighting her extensive work with grassroots women’s organisations, Dr Zulver spoke about the role of these organisations in supporting women seeking justice amidst conflict in Colombia. She also discussed the need for collective action to support feminist movements globally with the help of international aid and efforts.

During her presentation, she highlighted excerpts from her book on high-risk feminism which documented the struggles of women mobilising for gender justice. Dr Zulver’s book, which captures the findings presented in the webinar, recently won the Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize.

This webinar presentation was followed by an interactive Q&A session with Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni. A recording of this webinar is available to view on the CSC’s YouTube channel where you can also watch previous events in the series.

Join future Development in Action webinars

The CSC’s Development in Action webinars take place each month and are open to all Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni.

To find out about upcoming webinars, please visit the CSC’s events webpage.