© 2017

Indigenous Women’s Movements in Latin America

Gender and Ethnicity in Peru, Mexico, and Bolivia


  • Proposes a new perspective on indigenous movements based on a gendered framework of analysis

  • Provides a detailed analysis of the relations between global North and global South through the lens of gender

  • Offers new insights in the gendered dimensions of migration and global labour regimes


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Bolivia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Stéphanie Rousseau, Anahi Morales Hudon
      Pages 27-54
    3. Stéphanie Rousseau, Anahi Morales Hudon
      Pages 55-81
  3. Mexico

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Stéphanie Rousseau, Anahi Morales Hudon
      Pages 85-110
    3. Stéphanie Rousseau, Anahi Morales Hudon
      Pages 111-138
  4. Peru

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Stéphanie Rousseau, Anahi Morales Hudon
      Pages 141-166
    3. Stéphanie Rousseau, Anahi Morales Hudon
      Pages 167-196
    4. Stéphanie Rousseau, Anahi Morales Hudon
      Pages 197-209
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-225

About this book


This book presents a comparative analysis of the organizing trajectories of indigenous women’s movements in Peru, Mexico, and Bolivia. The authors’ innovative research reveals how the articulation of gender and ethnicity is central to shape indigenous women’s discourses. It explores the political contexts and internal dynamics of indigenous movements, to show that they created different opportunities for women to organize and voice specific demands. This, in turn, led to various forms of organizational autonomy for women involved in indigenous movements. The trajectories vary from the creation of autonomous spaces within mixed-gender organizations to the creation of independent organizations. Another pattern is that of women’s organizations maintaining an affiliation to a male-dominated mixed-gender organization, or what the authors call “gender parallelism”. This book illustrates how, in the last two decades, indigenous women have challenged various forms of exclusion through different strategies, transforming indigenous movements’ organizations and collective identities.


Indigenous people Indigenous women Women's movement Latin America Gender Ethnicity Peru Mexico Bolivia

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Departmemto de Ciencias SocialesPontificia Universidad Católica del PerúLimaPeru
  2. 2.Faculty of Human SciencesSaint-Paul UniversityOttawaCanada

About the authors

Stéphanie Rousseau is Associate Professor of Political Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She is the author of Women’s Citizenship in Peru and also published several articles and book chapters on indigenous politics and women’s movements in Bolivia and Peru. She previously worked as Associate Professor at Université Laval, Canada. 

Anahi Morales Hudon is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences, Saint Paul University, Canada. She has published articles on indigenous women’s movements in Mexico—Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Guerrero—in the Journal of Latin American Studies, Sociologie et Sociétés, and Recherches Féministes.

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