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From the Farm to the Photo-Exhibition: Visualising Rural Women’s Labour in the Colombian Countryside

This research aims to visualise, analyse and reconceptualise rural women’s labour in Colombia where current neoliberal policies have affected small and medium peasant sectors. The study is embedded in a feminist epistemological position, and as such, will adopt a methodology that seeks to empower participants, shift power between researcher and participants and acknowledge difference. More specifically, this thesis will draw from Woods’ (2007) notion of the ‘global countryside’ (p.485). He defines the global countryside as a hybrid space understood as emerging from the multi-scalar (global, national, local) discourses, processes and practices, and incorporating both human and non-human actors. He draws on Massey’s (2005) notions of place and space as relational to understand rurality within globalisation. In consequence, this research aims to:

1. Document and validate the labour of Colombian peasant women detailing changes that have occurred in their work as a result of globalisation;
2. Explore Colombian rural women’s negotiations and resistances around the identity of ‘peasant’ in the context of globalisation;
3. Examine the ways in which government and non-government organisations in Colombia have positioned peasant women in gender equality policies and programs and identify the implications of this positioning in the context globalisation.

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