Tali Gires

Gender and Cultural Sensitivity Surrounding Development Initiatives: Examining the Connection between Gender Relations and Ethnicity in the San Martin Region of Peru

In my research I will be comparing two rural communities in Peru—a ladino population that is of mixed descent and a native Quechua community—both within the San Martin region to understand how different ethnicities may lead to different economic and social needs despite both population groups identifying as women. I aim to investigate the construction of gender relations—and how different ethnicities may form varying cultural ideas surrounding this—in rural communities in the San Martin region of Peru in order to understand how gender plays a role in survival strategies for these communities and development initiatives may be best constructed to include cultural differences and communal needs.