An event organised by Health, Medicine and Agency Research Network
Julieta Chaparro Buitrago (University of Cambridge)
25 May 2021
'Reproductive Violence and the Injured Body: Reflections on Activism, Forced Sterilization, and Vulnerability'
Dr Julieta Chaparro Buitrago's work builds on interdisciplinary fields such as fertility studies, decolonial feminisms, reproductive justice, and Latin American studies. Her research probes long-standing colonial structures, whether through fertility control or exposure to contaminants, that shape indigenous and peasant women's reproductive lives. Dr Chaparro Buitrago received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation was titled 'The Promise of Empowerment: Reproductive Justice and the Cases of Forced Sterilizations in Peru'. The research looks at the aftermath of the sterilisation abuses that took place between 1995 and 2001 during the implementation of the Reproductive Health and Family Planning (RHFPP) Program, and analyses the dissonances emerging from the efforts of visibility and justice by the victims, feminist activists, and the Peruvian state.