Health Equity in Brazil: Intersections of Gender, Race and Policy: Kia Caldwell

Monday, Mar 05, 2018 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

650 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

The Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley presents…

AAS Colloquium Series*


“Health Equity in Brazil: Intersections of Gender, Race and Policy”

Monday, March 5, 2018
12:30 – 2:00pm

Albert Johnson Conference Room, 650 Barrows Hall

Kia Lilly Caldwell is an associate professor of African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies and adjunct associate professor of anthropology at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the co-director of the African Diaspora Fellows Program and the Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC. Her research and teaching focus on race, gender, health policy, HIV/AIDS, and human rights in Brazil and the U.S. Dr. Caldwell has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and the American Psychological Association. Her book, Negras in Brazil: Re-envisioning Black Women, Citizenship, and the Politics of Identity, was published by Rutgers University Press. She is also the co-editor of Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture. Her new book Health Equity in Brazil was published in June of last year. Dr. Caldwell is also the co-editor, with Dr. Sonia Alvarez, of a recent two-part special issue of the journal Meridians.

Brazil’s leadership role in the fight against HIV has brought its public health system widespread praise. But the nation still faces serious health challenges and inequities. Though home to the world’s second largest African descendant population, Brazil failed to address many of its public health issues that disproportionately impact Afro-Brazilian women and men. Kia Lilly Caldwell draws on twenty years of engagement with activists, issues, and policy initiatives to document how the country’s feminist health movement and black women’s movement have fought for much-needed changes in women’s health. Merging ethnography with a historical analysis of policies and programs, Caldwell offers a close examination of institutional and structural factors that have impacted the quest for gender and racial health equity in Brazil. As she shows, activists have played an essential role in policy development in areas ranging from maternal mortality to female sterilization. Caldwell’s insightful portrait of the public health system also details how its weaknesses contribute to ongoing failures and challenges while also imperiling the advances that have been made.

*This talk is co-sponsored with the Center for Race and Gender and the Department of Ethnic Studies. A light lunch will be served.

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