Accepted paper:

Conservative backlashes to women's bodily integrity in Latin America; the cases of Mexico and Chile

Author:

Gabriela Alvarez Minte (Birkbeck College)

Paper short abstract:

The paper analyzes the resistance and backlashes to the protection of gender and sexual-based violence and women's sexual and reproductive rights in Mexico and Chile.

Paper long abstract:

This research aims at understanding the dichotomy between the con-

tinuous e orts to advance women's human rights and gender equality and the

pervasive resistance to this advancement in Latin America. It will do so by

analyzing the resistance and backlashes to the protection of womens bodily

integrity, speci cally gender and sexual based violence and womens sexual

and reproductive rights in Mexico and Chile. It will respond to two main

research questions; (1) how are resistances/backlashes to women's bodily in-

tegrity perceived and addressed by policy makers and advocates?, and (2)

why is women's bodily integrity a particularly contested sphere of women's

rights and gender equality? By conducting empirically based qualitative re-

search, this analysis will contribute to the gender equality scholarship looking

at the conditions and processes resulting in a backlash to women's bodily in-

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Challenging gendered instrumentalism in Latin American social policy?