Pathways Latin America Hub is led by the Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies Nucleus (NEIM) at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. Focusing mainly on Brazil, the hub also works with an extensive network of women’s organisations across the region.
The Latin America Hub places women’s struggles for institutional change at the heart of its analysis of change in women’s lives. Researchers have sought to explore how effective social mobilisation has been in bringing about improvements in laws, policies and state institutions as well as in women’s everyday lives.
Brazil has the greatest experience in the weakness of quotas. There are no obligations for the parties to use them, and no one is held to account for not doing it. An international workshop was held to intervene in ongoing demands for political reform in Brazil to redress the low representation of women in national government, by drawing together lessons from successful efforts to bring women into office through quota systems. …
This ongoing study has been carried out by NEIM since the 1980s, focusing on feminisms and women’s movements in Brazil. It is the study that underpins the Pathways Latin America programme, in that the feminist movement has set the stage for the specific struggles and campaigns examined in the other projects. Pathways Latin America's research has been conducted from a feminist perspective, sustaining a “liberating empowerment” approach and, as such, their primary focus is on collective action as a pathway of women’s empowerment. …
This project has traced how some of the most marginalised workers in Brazil came to unionise, press demands for professionalisation to the government and achieve a major policy shift. The project draws out broader lessons on how marginalised workers can gain rights, security and wellbeing, addressing the intersections of race, class and gender. …
This project investigated women's struggles and pathways for the implementation and monitoring of public policies addressing violence against women in Brazil. The project was launched with the creation of the Maria da Penha Law Observatory Consortium, under the national coordination of NEIM. The Observatory monitors the implementation of the Maria da Penha Law in all 27 Brazilian states. …
The Latin America Hub is based at:
The Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies, Brazil
Estrada de Sao Lazaro
197 – Federacao
Silvia de Aquino Ana Alice Costa Silvia Lucia Ferreira Terezinha Goncalves Marcia Macedo Nadja Pinheiro Lea Santana (Communications Officer)