Confronting the ‘Coloniality of Gender’ in Gender Equity Work & Public Discourse: Considerations for EU-LAC Relations, by DeShong

The effects of colonialism and of the enslavement and exploitation of minority groups in Latin America and the Caribbean continue to reverberate throughout the region today. The quest for gender equity and justice is pursued with the focus on the unequal distinctions between men and women, but in order for EU-LAC relations to be mutually beneficial, diverse intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, nationality and ability must be taken into account, as there still exist many examples in both regions of how individuals of different intersections are oppressed in different ways. Amongst other things, EU-LAC cooperation on gender equity and justice should begin with a historical and geopolitical unpacking of the very way in which the term ‘gender’ is mobilised as an analytical category in policy, practice and the popular. Read paper

Dr. Halimah DeShong is a Lecturer at The University of the West Indies in the Institute for Gender and Development Studies.

This paper was prepared for the EU-LAC Foundation’s Newsletter of September 2016 on the theme “Equitable access to public services by women and men.” This article gives the views of the author, and not necessarily the position of the EU-LAC Foundation or its members.