Rosa Manus Lecture 2018

Tuesday 23 January 2018
Doelenzaal, library of the University of Amsterdam

On Tuesday January 23 Professor Maxine Molyneux (UK) will give the second Rosa Manus Lecture titled Latin American Feminism: A new Wave?. There will be a comment by Professor Giselinde Kuipers.

Latin American Feminism: A new Wave?

Latin America is notable for the strength and variety of its women’s movements and for the widespread activism  that from the 1980s brought  legal reforms, qu­otas for female representation in politics and other gender equality measures. Yet  in many areas change has been slow and there have been reverses. High levels of gender based violence are but one indicator of this, and the lack of certain reproductive rights another.­ These issues have become a focus of recent large scale protests such as the Ni Una Menos campaign that brought tens of thousands  onto the streets of five Latin American countries last year, and young feminists appear to be leading a new wave of activism. Maxine Molyneux presents her reflections on the history of Latin American feminism, focusing on the five decades since the  ‘Second Wave’ of the 1970s. She asks how different are the struggles, tactics and challenges that confront the new wave of young activists as compared with previous generations? How different are the challenges today, and does feminism confront the rise of a more organised and self confident anti-feminist, anti-LGBTQI,  pro- family religious opposition?

Maxine Molyneux

Maxine Molyneux Professor of Sociology and was the founding Director of the Institute of the Americas at University College London. She was Director and Professor of the Institute for the Study of the Americas, at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.  She has written widely in the fields of  gender studies, feminist history, human rights, poverty and development policy, and has authored books on Latin America, Ethiopia and South Yemen. She has served as senior consultant to UN agencies (UNRISD, ILO, UNFPA, UN Women) and NGOs (Oxfam, Care International), the Canadian IDRC, and UK’s DFID. She is currently working on an oral history of Latin American second wave feminism in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.


Giselinde Kuipers is a professor of cultural sociology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Rosa Manus Lecture

The Rosa Manus Lecture is a tribute to a woman who is of historical importance for the development of women’s position as fully-fledged political citizens and also in the field of history. Rosa Manus (1881–1942) played a crucial role in the women’s suffrage movement and the peace movement at both a national and international level. In 1935, she was one of the founders of the International Archives for the Women's Movement (IAV), the precursor of the Atria-archive.

Through this annual lecture, Atria wishes to provide a critical, internationally oriented focus on academic developments that are relevant to women’s and gender history. It is therefore also perpetuating the memory of Rosa Manus and the historical significance of her work. Read more about Rosa Manus

The Rosa Manus Lecture 2018 is co-sponsored by the University of Amsterdam.


You are welcome from 7.00 p.m. onwards. The lecture starts at 7.30 p.m.
Both the lecture and the comment will be held in English.
At 9.00 p.m. the programme will be concluded with a festive drinks reception.


Doelenzaal, University of Amsterdam-Library, Singel 425, Amsterdam