The Feminist Research and Latin American and Iberian Institutes would like to invite you to a special lecture given by Dr. Silvia Hirsch. Visiting from Argentina, Dr. Hirsch will present on “Sexual and Reproductive Health Practices and Beliefs Among Young Indigenous Women in Northwest Argentina.” The talk will take place on Monday February 22nd from 3:00-5:00pm in the History Department Common Room, Mesa Vista Hall 1104.
The sexual and reproductive health of indigenous women is influenced by “traditional” knowledge and practices but it also mediated by the intervention of public health programs. Dr. Hirsch’s talk will explore how indigenous women from northern Argentina undergo reproductive processes (menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, use of contraceptive methods), make decisions on whether to adhere to traditional knowledge while complying with the authoritative knowledge of the public health system. The talk will also underscore the role of the State in constructing ways of treating diversity in contexts of inequality.