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Development in Action Webinar Series

High-risk feminism in Colombia: women’s mobilisation in violent contexts and lessons learnt

Date: 24/05/2023

Time: 16:00 (BST)

Location: Online

High-risk feminism in Colombia: women’s mobilisation in violent contexts and lessons learnt

In this webinar, Commonwealth Alumnus Dr Julia Zulver will present her doctoral thesis research which investigated high-risk feminism in Colombia: women’s mobilisation in violent contexts. Her research documents the experiences of grassroots women’s organisations that united to demand gender justice and women’s rights during and in the aftermath of Colombia’s armed conflict. In doing so, it illustrates a little-studied phenomenon: women whose experiences with violence catalyse them to mobilise and resist as feminists, even in the face of grave danger.

In this webinar, Dr Zulver will explain the gendered underpinnings of why women engage in feminist mobilisation, even when this takes place in a ‘domain of losses’ that exposes them to high levels of risk. Her talk will share the rich evidence documenting how women are able to surmount the barriers to mobilisation when they frame their actions in terms of resistance, rather than fear. Dr Zulver’s research has important policy implications with relevance to Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, particularly in terms of how Canada funds, resources, and protects women human rights defenders in fragile and conflict settings.

This webinar will address the CSC development theme, Strengthening Global Peace, Security, and Governance.

The webinar will last for approximately one hour, including a Q&A session.

The CSC’s Development in Action webinar series provides an opportunity for Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni to present on their work and contribution to development across a range of contemporary global challenges and provide insight into ongoing research and action.

Open to all Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni, the monthly webinars will address one of the CSC’s six development themes and provide an opportunity for attendees to engage in real-time Q&A discussion on the topic presented.

You can watch previous webinars on the CSC’s YouTube channel.

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). Her work investigates women’s high-risk leadership in Latin America, with a focus on Mexico, El Salvador, and Colombia. She has extensive research and practitioner experience along the Colombia-Venezuela border, where she supported Ladysmith’s Cosas de Mujeres gender data project with vulnerable women. Her book, High-Risk Feminism in Colombia, was published by Rutgers University Press in May 2022, and is also available in Spanish with 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.