Dr. Marcela Lagarde, a feminist and Anthropology professor at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, will deliver a presentation in Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin with simultaneous translation on Tuesday, Sept. 3 between 5:30 pm. and 7:30 p.m. in the Santa Rita Suite, UNB 3.502. The lecture will be Violencia Feminicida en Mexico y La Ausencia de Una Politica de Estado, or Violence Against Women in Mexico and the Absence of a State Policy.
Lagarde has published several books and many articles about feminism.South African psychologist Diana E. H. Russell has said “it was largely thanks to Lagarde’s determined efforts that the terms femicide and feminicidio — which is more often shortened to feminicide, became widely adopted in Mexico, and then spread to several other Latin American countries.”
Lagarde works as advisor for gender at the United Nations, and has been awarded the medal for outstanding women by the Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres del Distrito Federal. She was a member of the Mexican Congress, in the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), and a member of the Committee for Equality and Gender. She was also the Chair of the Committee for research on feminicide in Mexico. As a member of the Congress, she has actively promoted the implementation of the General Law on Women’s Access to a Life Free of Violence, approved in 2007.
To learn more about the event visit the Latin American Studies webpage: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/llilas/events/27708