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Making the Case for Genocide in Peru: 
Coercive Sterilization of Indigenous Women

A Loyola University Maryland Zoom lecture in English offered by Ñusta Carranza Ko, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Baltimore.

Peru’s national health program Programa de Salud Reproductiva y Planificación Familiar (PSRPF) aimed to uphold women’s reproductive rights addressing the scarcity of maternity-related services. However, while implementing its program, PSRPF undermined respect for human rights by forcibly sterilizing women predominantly of indigenous, poor, and rural backgrounds. Dr. Carranza Ko’s lecture considers the coercive sterilization of these women as a genocide, a term not previously applied to the Peruvian case. Using the normative markers of the Genocide Convention, she will categorically cast the targets of state-led forced-sterilization as victims of genocide because this health malpractice prevents indigenous communities from reproducing. The state’s genocidal intent worked toward destroying an ethnic minority group. 

Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 5 PM
To attend, please register beforehand, here.
Sponsored by the following entities at Loyola University Maryland: Center for the Humanities, Latin American and Latino Studies, Global Studies, Gender Studies,
Modern Languages and Literatures, and Peace and Justice Studies.  For information contact Thomas Ward (tward@loyola.edu) or Natalie Rock (nrock@loyola.edu).