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(POSTPONED) Gender Violence in the Amazon of Peru: Abrazados Film Premier and Panel

UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health

Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5:30 PM - Friday, March 20, 2020 at 8:00 PM (GMT)

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** Please note that, in solidarity with the UCU Strike, the event has been POSTPONED - more details to follow ***
Join us for the Abrazados Film premier and a dynamic international panel discussing innovative ways communities in low resource settings such as the Amazon of Peru can mobilise to prevent violence. 

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dr Jelke Boesten is Reader in Gender and Development at the Department of International Development (DID), King’s College London. Her research focuses on violence against women and the ramifications for policy in Latin America. She has published widely on gender justice in Peru in international journals and books. Her latest book, Sexual Violence During War and Peace. Gender, Power and Post-conflict Justice in Peru received the Flora Tristan Best Book Award of the Latin America Studies Association-Peru section and was published Spanish translation with the Bibliotéca Nacional del Perú in 2016. In 2010 she published Intersecting Inequalities. Women and Social Policy in Peru, with Penn State University Press, published in Spanish with the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in 2018. She is currently interested in transformative gender justice, feminism, memory and the arts, as well as veterans’ experiences of violence. A new forthcoming co-edited book is called Gender and Memorial Arts: from Symbolic Reparations to Protest Movement
  • Dr Ana Maria Buller is the Deputy Director of the Gender Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Dr. Buller has over 15 years experience conducting mixed methods social science research, in the areas of gender-based violence, social norms change and women’s economic and social empowerment. She has conducted research in various countries in South America and sub-Saharan Africa. She currently heads the Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA), with projects in Uganda, Tanzania and Brazil and the Romantic Jealousy and IPV Collaborative. Ana Maria holds a Ph.D. in gender and violence from LSHTM, an MSc in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and BSc in Social Psychology from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.
  • Anne Fentress is an independent filmmaker based in Nashville who has made documentaries for CMT/MTV Networks, including American Revolutions: Southern Rock, a documentary which explored the creation of the genre and its place in American history; True Grit: Junior Johnson, a short documentary about a moonshine runner who became one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time; and a Controversy: Independence Day, an episode in the critically-acclaimed Controversy series that followed the rise of Martina McBride’s hit song about domestic abuse during the O.J. Simpson trial for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson.  She has also been an Artist-in-Residence at the European Film College in Denmark and the Documentary Advisor for Vanderbilt Student Media at Vanderbilt University. Anne has also worked on documentaries for PBS through Nashville Public Television, produced John Seigenthaler’s A Word on Words for NPT, and was an editor and freelance writer for various magazines in NYC including O-Oprah’s Magazine, Glamour, Time Out NY, and YM Magazine. A graduate of Brown University with honors and degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science, Anne has also worked as a naturalist,  giving private hiking tours of the Sierra Nevadas, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. She is currently producing a film on the creation of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area called Between the Rivers and has other domestic and international social justice films in the works.

The GAP project

Developed by the community, for the community, the GAP project is a unique initiative to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) in remote, low-resource settings. The project is a partnership between the communities of the Lower Napo River, DB Peru and University College London. We use Participatory Action Research (PAR) to develop community-driven insights and interventions for the primary prevention of GBV in the Peruvian Amazon.

The film

The Film, Abrazados, captures the profound changes that occur when a group of rural Amazonian communities come together to address gender violence for the first time. Through three complementary vignettes, the viewer gains a deep appreciation of the challenges of jungle life, the deep-seeded issue of gender violence in river communities, and the touching way in which the community responds to locally-developed initiatives over the course of one year. Most powerfully, the viewer gains an insight into the personal transformation of the lives of the community health workers who led this work – each of whom have encountered violence in their lives, and each of whom share their compelling reasons for participating in the project.The film represents a unique collaboration between the communities of the Lower Napo River, filmmaker Anne Fentress, the NGO DB Peru, and University College London. Through a two-year process of living and working alongside the river communities and GAP project team, Anne and her team have crafted highly personal, sensitive and powerful perspectives into the lives of a very special group of communities in the Amazon of Peru.
Have questions about (POSTPONED) Gender Violence in the Amazon of Peru: Abrazados Film Premier and Panel? Contact UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health

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Kennedy Lecture Theatre
30 Guilford Street
UCL Institute for Child Health
WC1N 1DP London
United Kingdom

Friday, March 13, 2020 at 5:30 PM - Friday, March 20, 2020 at 8:00 PM (GMT)

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UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health

The UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health, based in the UCL Institute for Global Health, comprises a multidisciplinary team that conducts research and works alongside policy-makers and policy-influencers to address the complex relationships between gender norms and health status. Our disciplinary expertise ranges from anthropology to applied policy analysis, and we work in a multitude of settings around the world – from the smallest island states, to the informal settlements of the world’s most populous nations, and many locations in-between.
We view gender as both a determinant of health behaviours and a key influence on how the health sector responds to everyone’s rights to health and wellbeing. Working alongside partners in civil society and policy spheres, with colleagues across UCL and from other academic institutions, we aim to ensure that gender is recognised as a key determinant of health outcomes, and that policies and programmes to address gender norms influencing health are informed by rigorous evidence of effectiveness, acceptability and feasibility.
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