The Department of Political Science at Amherst College, with funding from the Lurcy and Lamont Funds and the Five College Latin American Studies Committee, present "Indigenous Justice with Gender Parity – A Conversation with Cristina Cucuri and Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui."
This event is free and open to the public. The talk will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation for English speakers by Antonia Carcelen.
Cristina Cucuri and Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui will give a talk titled “Indigenous Justice with Gender Parity." In their conversations, Cucuri and Cusicanqui will discuss how indigenous women are rarely accounted for in world politics. They tend to be imagined as passive subjects at the margins of political decision-making, epitomizing the antithesis of international relations. Yet, from their positions of marginality, they are shaping sovereignty in significant ways. In Ecuador, Kichwa women may face overlapping oppressions from socioeconomic to sexual violence, yet they are achieving rights unparalleled anywhere else in the world. In 2008, Kichwa women successfully advocated for women’s participation in the administration of indigenous justice, shaping the first constitution in Latin America to explicitly guarantee the rights of indigenous women, and the first worldwide to require gender parity in the administration of justice.
Cristina Cucuri was among the leading actors pushing for gender parity in Ecuador’s 2008 constitutional reform. She tells the story from the initial grassroots all the way to the national legislature. Her story shows the significance of indigenous women in international politics and the sophistication of their activism. She is one of the leading indigenous women promoting legal change in the Andean region. She is at the core of the legal reform securing gender parity within the administration of indigenous justice in the 2008 constitutional reform in Ecuador. Cucuri holds a master's degree in development studies and works at the NGO CEDIS. In addition, she is the coordinator for territories and resources in Ecuador’s Confederation of Kichwa Nationalities (ECUARUNARI), 2016-2019.
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui is a Bolivian feminist, sociologist, historian and subaltern theorist. She is a former director and longtime member of the Taller de Historia Oral Andina (Workshop on Andean Oral History). She draws upon anarchist theory as well as Quechua and Aymara cosmologies. Her best-known works include Oppressed But Not Defeated: Peasant Struggles Among the Aymara and Quechua in Bolivia, 1900–1980 (Geneva: UNRISD, 1984), Ch'ixinakax utxiwa: A Reflection on the Practices and Discourses of Decolonization and The Politics and Ideology of the Colombian Peasant Movement: The Case of ANUC (National Association of Peasant Smallholders).