Mujeres y Derecho en América Latina: Justicia, Seguridad y Pluralismo Legal

Taller mujeres policia comunitaria guerrero 2010

Colaboration: CIESAS, Mexico / Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen
Participantes: Rachel Sieder (líder del proyecto), María Teresa Sierra, Rosalva Aída Hernández Castillo, Natalia De Marinis, Mariana Mora, Adriana Terven, Morna Macleod, Cristina Cucurí, Emma Cervone, Leonor Lozano, Ana Cecilia Arteaga Böhrt.
Apoyos: CIESAS, México / Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen / Research Council of Norway
Fechas: August 2010 – August 2014


This project analyses the relationships between legal pluralities and indigenous women’s access to justice and security in Latin America. Over three years, eleven researchers accompanied and documented the strategies of indigenous women’s organization to secure greater gender justice as part of the collective struggles of their peoples in Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala. The project build on existing collaborative relationships between the researchers themselves, and with different organizations. The results include 10 different ethnographic case studies which aim to methodologically ground intersectional perspectives and to contribute to new debates about legal pluralism, indigenous women, justice and security. Also included is a collective reflection about the methodological routes developed in the project.

The results will be published in English and Spanish in 2017. Demanding Justice and Security: Indigenous Women and Legal Pluralities in Latin America (Rutgers University Press); Exigiendo justicia y seguridad: Mujeres indígenas y pluralidades legales en América Latina (CIESAS).

Justicia de Género en Contextos de Pluralismos Legales Complejos

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Project partners: CIESAS, Mexico / Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen
Project staff: John-Andrew McNeish (CMI and Noragric), Rachel Sieder (CIESAS and CMI) (project leaders), María Teresa Sierra (CIESAS), Natalia De Marinis (CIESAS), Ana Cecilia Arteaga Böhrt (CIESAS), Liv Tønnessen (CMI), Bjørn Enge Bertelsen (U. of Bergen); Eyolf Jul-Larsen (CMI).
Funder: Research Council of Norway
Start date: August 2009-August 2012


Through a range of case studies, this project examined the ways in which different contexts of complex legal plurality affect gender relations in Africa and Latin America. By shaping opportunities for personal autonomy (such as protection from violence), political participation (within community decision-making bodies), and access to economic resources (such as child maintenance or land), complex legal pluralities play a critical role in gendered livelihood prospects. Research considers the extent to which situation of complex legal plurality can favour or disadvantage women and gendered rights claims within different cultural contexts. This multidisciplinary project drew on a range of approaches including political and socio-legal analysis of norms, institutions and key cases, combined with more ethnographic and anthropological approaches. Research was carried out by project participants in Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mozambique, Sudan and Malawi.

The results of the project were published in an edited volume in English and Spanish.  Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities: Latin American and African Perspectives (Routledge 2012); Justicia de género y pluralidades legales: Perspectivas latinoamericanas y africanas (CIESAS 2013).

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