Covid-19 within the indigenous peoples of South America: struggles around gender for the right to self-determination of care and health

Begoña Dorronsoro

David Salas

December 9, 2020, 15h30 (GMT)

Evento em formato digital


The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the vulnerability of several populations generally already unprotected. For South America's indigenous populations, Covid-19 is just one of the successive apocalypses they have been facing for several centuries. Global warming, extractivism, lack of land demarcation, and various other threats to their existence mark the lives and bodies of indigenous women and men who have accumulated diverse knowledges and practices to survive, often unacknowledged, nonetheless expropriated, by Western science.
The pandemic, in this sense, is an old new challenge. Old because it opens up structural vulnerabilities in access and protection to health, new because it imposes new logics of expropriation and death that particularly affect indigenous women.

This edition of SHARP Talks will be dedicated to a reflection on how the pandemic is affecting South American indigenous women in their sexual and reproductive health from two case studies, one from Bolivia, presented by Begoña Dorronsoro and the other from Ecuadorian Amazonia, presented by David Salas Navarrete.

Bio notes 

Begoña Dorronsoro, a Basque feminist activist with over 10 years of experience working and militating in several Basque non-governmental development organisations (NGDOs) in international cooperation for the development of people, with indigenous organisations mainly from Colombia, Bolivia and Guatemala. PhD candidate in the Post-Colonialisms and Global Citizenship programme at CES, Master in Feminist Studies and Graduate in Biological Sciences (Ecology) at the University of the Basque Country U.P.V.-E.H.U. (Spanish state)

David Salas, (b, 1987) Sociologist specialised in Political Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and Master in Social and Cultural Psychiatry at the University of Coimbra. He has worked as a researcher in social sciences in several areas, such as audiovisual studies, social exclusion, health and mental health, and organisation and spatial planning. He currently works as a consultant with local authorities and border indigenous communities in the central Ecuadorian Amazon, to articulate their interests and needs in local planning.

Featured image: The women of the Yanomami and Ye'kuana peoples ©VICTOR MORIYAMA/ISA



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