Gender Equity, Health, and Cultural Tensions in the Amazon
In developing countries, indigenous populations, particularly women, are often the most vulnerable and marginalized among the rural poor. Indigenous women generally have limited access to services, technologies, healthcare, and decision-making opportunities, and tasks are divided along gender lines, resulting in competing priorities and knowledge. Consequently, women’s lack of voice leads to flawed intervention programs and policies that fail to achieve the intended development outcomes.

On October 22, Cristina Espinosa, assistant professor at Brandeis University, discussed the linkages between gender, livelihoods, culture, and ethnicity in the Amazon. John Coonrod, executive vice president of The Hunger Project, presented examples of successful interventions for improving gender norms in the region and discuss the role of international development organizations and policies. And Juliana Martinez-Franzoni, associate professor at the University of Costa Rica, presented recent research on how popular health intervention programs, such as conditional cash transfers, can change gender relations and highlight case studies from Chile, Costa Rica, and El Salvador.

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