3/26-Lecture, A Look at Ecofeminism and the Maquiladora Murders

Daisy L. Machado, Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, will give the annual Roland Bainton lecture at Yale Divinity School on Tuesday, March 26, 5:30-6:30 pm.  The title of her lecture, which is free and open to the public, is “Border, Borderlands and Disposable Women: A Look at Ecofeminism and the Maquiladora Murders”. A reception will follow the lecture.  The lecture will be held in Niebuhr Hall.

Ecofeminists, particularly in the work of Yvonne Gebara, have called Christians to think about the connections between poverty, violence (to Earth and humans), and immigration. When examined from the reality of the U.S./Mexico border the ecological damage/violence, which has been a reality of the maquiladora industry since the 1970s, has escalated to violence against female maquiladora workers, women who “personify the meaning of human disposability.”

The lecture will examine how this long history of violence and ecological ruin along the U.S./Mexico border has expanded to a femicide that has taken more than 400 female lives in the city of Juárez. It will also consider how the ethical challenges made by ecofeminists can be used to examine this reality and to issue a call for justice for the women killed.