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Gender Violence in the Amazon of Peru (GAP) project.

4 December, 5.30- 7.30 pm

Kennedy Lecture Theatre, ICH, 30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DP

Photo: Ed Prosser

Join us for the premier of the Abrazaos Film premier and a dynamic international panel discussing innovative ways communities in low resource settings such as the Amazon of Peru can mobilse to prevent violence.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Dr Jelke Boesten, Kings Colllege London: Dr Jelke Boesten's research focuses on violence against women and the ramifications for policy in Latin America. Her latest book, 'Sexual Violence During War and Peace: Gender, Power and Post-conflict Justice in Peru' received the Flora Tristan Best Book Award of the Latin America Studies Association-Peru section. In 2016 the book came out in Spanish translation with the Bibliotéca Nacional del Perú.
  • Dr Ana Buller, London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine:Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health & Development and Deputy Director, Gender Violence and Health Centre. Her main research interests lay on the intersection of gender based violence (including interpersonal and domestic violence against women and among MSM, labour and sexual exploitation and child domestic work) health and development with a focus on prevention in LMIC (low and middle income countries).

The screening will be followed by a discussion and cheese and wine.

The GAP project

Developed by the community, for the community, the GAP project is a unique initiative to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) in remote, low-resource settings. The project is a partnership between the communities of the Lower Napo River, DB Peru and University College London. We use Participatory Action Research (PAR) to develop community-driven insights and interventions for the primary prevention of GBV in the Peruvian Amazon.

The film

The Film, Abrazados, captures the profound changes that occur when a group of rural Amazonian communities come together to address gender violence for the first time. Through three complementary vignettes, the viewer gains a deep appreciation of the challenges of jungle life, the deep-seeded issue of gender violence in river communities, and the touching way in which the community responds to locally-developed initiatives over the course of one year. Most powerfully, the viewer gains an insight into the personal transformation of the lives of the community health workers who led this work – each of whom have encountered violence in their lives, and each of whom share their compelling reasons for participating in the project.The film represents a unique collaboration between the communities of the Lower Napo River, filmmaker Anne Fentress, the NGO DB Peru, and University College London. Through a two-year process of living and working alongside the river communities and GAP project team, Anne and her team have crafted highly personal, sensitive and powerful perspectives into the lives of a very special group of communities in the Amazon of Peru.

December 4, 2019 5:30 PM

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