Gender and Territories three study cases in Oaxaca, Mexico

In this post, we want to share the discussion video that the Academic Unit for Territorial Studies-Oaxaca (UAEH) at the Institute of Geography of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) organized in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. During the discussion, Gender and Territory, three case studies in Oaxaca, the three young women researchers, Xochiltl Ramírez Miguel, Fatima Martínez Reyes from UNAM, and Violeta Gutiérrez Zamora from UEF, presented their work research.

Through the presentation of their work, the three scholars reflected with the host, Dr. Orozco Ramírez, and the public about the deployment of gender relations in space and territory, gender violence, and unequal distribution to land and mobility within space and rural territories. Likewise, they commented on their experiences in their fieldwork and their visions about the future to establish fairer and safer relationships in rural community spaces.

From her side, our colleague Violeta Gutiérrez Zamora presented a synthesis in Spanish of her article recently published in Geoforum: The coloniality of neoliberal biopolitics: gender mainstreaming in community forestry in Oaxaca, Mexico. For your reading, you can freely access the article here.

Climate vulnerabilities go beyond nature’s power.

Climate vulnerabilities in the Peruvian Andes are not only a question of natural hazards but are also shaped by uneven power relations. Photo: Anna Heikkinen

The intensifying impacts of climate change pose increasing challenges for rural populations living in fragile environments. Their vulnerabilities are often portrayed as a consequence of ‘natural hazards.’ Yet, it is rarely questioned why certain people become more vulnerable than others in front of nature’s powers.

In her recently published article, Anna Marjaana Heikkinen discusses how uneven power relations compound Peruvian highland farmers’ vulnerability experiences under climate change. She argues that their vulnerabilities root in marginalizing socioeconomic structures in the past and present. Climate change acts like a spark that merely inflames their already precarious living conditions.

You can read the whole article here