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Foreword: Gender Justice in the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue on Violence, Sexuality, Reproduction, and Human Rights

16 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2011 Last revised: 18 Jun 2014

Alma Beltran y Puga

Independent

Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

University of Miami - School of Law

Jorge Contesse

Rutgers Law School

Paola Garcia-Rey

Independent

Diana Hortsch

Center for Reproductive Rights

Risa Kaufman

Columbia University - Law School

Nicole Tuszynski

Center for Reproductive Rights

Date Written: June 13, 2011

Abstract

In February 2011, 110 advocates and scholars from 20 countries in North and South America gathered at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida to attend a groundbreaking convening, Gender Justice in the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue on Violence, Sexuality, Reproduction, and Human Rights. The convening arose at a unique historical moment. In recent years, we have witnessed significant shifts in the normative and policy landscape concerning issues of gender, sexuality, violence against women, and human rights at the national, regional and international levels. Legislative and executive bodies, domestic courts, and international tribunals have, in several instances, made tremendous progress in recognizing new protections in these areas; and in other instances, these entities have rolled back established protections.

As the convening’s co-organizers, we hoped that this timely gathering would expose participants to these developments, and foster a strategic exchange of information to advance advocacy at the domestic and international levels. We intended to assess common threats, and to create opportunities for coalition and movement-building amongst key women’s rights, gender, and sexuality advocates and scholars in the Americas. Specifically, we hoped the convening would stimulate interest in the use of the international human rights framework as a tool for gender, sexuality, and women’s rights advocacy in the United States and Canada (where human rights principles and rhetoric are invoked less often than in Latin America) and to reflect on the potential for domestic impact litigation in the Caribbean and Latin America (where such litigation is less familiar than in the United States and Canada). We also sought to facilitate participants’ reexamination of the roots of women’s rights and gender justice movements globally and recognition of the fundamental links between gender-based violence, reproductive justice, discrimination, sexuality, and health - links that are underscored when one brings a human rights lens to the inquiry. We hoped the convening could help to bridge our geographic, linguistic, conceptual, and professional divides and foster the development of a new “Gender Justice Network” of advocates and scholars spanning the Western hemisphere.

This Foreword attempts to capture the essence of the Convening and the keynote speeches, articles, and essays that were published in a Special Convening Edition of the Miami Law Review (65 U. Miami L. Rev. (Spring 2011)).

Suggested Citation

Beltran y Puga, Alma and Bettinger-Lopez, Caroline and Contesse, Jorge and Garcia-Rey, Paola and Hortsch, Diana and Kaufman, Risa and Tuszynski, Nicole, Foreword: Gender Justice in the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue on Violence, Sexuality, Reproduction, and Human Rights (June 13, 2011). University of Miami Law Review, Vol. 65, p. 751, 2011; University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1904421

Alma Beltran y Puga

Independent ( email )

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Caroline Bettinger-Lopez (Contact Author)

University of Miami - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 248087
Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States
305-284-5923 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.miami.edu/facadmin/cbettinger-lopez.php

Jorge Contesse

Rutgers Law School ( email )

123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.newark.rutgers.edu/jorge-contesse

Paola Garcia-Rey

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Diana Hortsch

Center for Reproductive Rights ( email )

120 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
United States
917-637-3669 (Phone)
917-637-3666 (Fax)

Risa Kaufman

Columbia University - Law School ( email )

435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10025
United States

Nicole Tuszynski

Center for Reproductive Rights ( email )

120 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
United States

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