María-Noel Vaeza: Violence Against Women

Latin America has been one of the worst-hit regions in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 14 million diagnosed cases. Media images of cardboard coffins and bodies being left in the streets of Guayaquil, Ecuador spread throughout the world. However, the UN has declared there is another pandemic in the region lingering in the shadows – … Continue reading María-Noel Vaeza: Violence Against Women

Dr Julia Zulver: High Risk Feminism

Latin America has a long and rich history of feminist collective action, from the Madres de Plaza de Mayo who campaigned against the Argentinian dictatorship government following the disappearances of family members, to current feminist movements protesting against the lack of action being taken to stop femicide in the region. In contexts of violence and … Continue reading Dr Julia Zulver: High Risk Feminism

Jonathan Watts: Journalism and Climate Activism

Join us for a conversation with Jonathan Watts, the Global Environment Editor at The Guardian Newspaper. Jonathan has been a journalist at the Guardian for 24 years, taking up roles such as North Korea visiting reporter, Asia Environment correspondent, East Asia correspondent, Disaster coverage, and Latin America correspondent, writing extensively on environmental degradation, deforestation and … Continue reading Jonathan Watts: Journalism and Climate Activism

Prof. Julio Dávila: The Transformative Power of the Cable Car in Medellín, Colombia

Labelled ‘the most dangerous city in the world’ by TIME magazine in 1988, Medellín has since become known as ‘the most innovative’ for its successes in urban development. Once home to Pablo Escobar’s infamous Medellín Cartel, tourists now flock to Colombia’s second- largest city to see its art museums, botanical gardens and most bizarrely, its … Continue reading Prof. Julio Dávila: The Transformative Power of the Cable Car in Medellín, Colombia

Behind the Protests: Femicide in Mexico

“As the plight of women facing increasing levels of femicide in Mexico disappears from the international news agenda, the question arises of how to implement change...” The scene is familiar: crowds of protestors bearing cardboard signs inscribed with witty slogans that criticise gender inequality and call for further rights or recognition. In many ways, the … Continue reading Behind the Protests: Femicide in Mexico

Two Letters, Two Numbers: Gang Violence in Central America

How the United States’ deportation policies established the street gang violence of today’s Central America  Mural in La 72 Hogar-Refugio para Personas Migrantes, a migrant shelter in Tenosique, Tabasco, Mexico Jakelin Caal Maquín from Guatemala was seven-years-old when she died on 8 December 2018 in the custody of the United States.  Angie Valeria Ramírez was twenty-three-months-old … Continue reading Two Letters, Two Numbers: Gang Violence in Central America

COVID-19 and the Developing World: An Update

So far the UK has managed to stay within the capacity of its ventilator stock, despite early concerns that it would be insufficient. With over 11,000 of the potentially life saving machines, there is one for roughly every 6,000 people in the UK. By contrast, the New York Times estimates that there are over 20 … Continue reading COVID-19 and the Developing World: An Update

COVID-19: Some Thoughts on the Developing World

As this is my first President's post, hopefully of many, since Mia and I were elected as co-Presidents for next term, I had planned to do a bit of an introduction and an overview of our plans for OxSID over the coming months. But with the  pandemic rapidly entering every aspect of day-to-day life and … Continue reading COVID-19: Some Thoughts on the Developing World