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Popular feminist movements and their relationship with the catholic church: an approach to the debate of the feminist theologian Ivone Gebara

Grant number: 18/25093-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2019
Effective date (End): December 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Welfare Services - Applied Welfare Service
Principal researcher:Onilda Alves Do Carmo
Grantee:Giovana do Prado Machado Rosa
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais (FCHS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Franca. Franca , SP, Brazil


The objective of the research is to analyze the contribution of the theoretical and militant production of Ivone Gebara, the feminist theologian, in the processes of organization and empowerment of Catholic women. In this way the study seeks to apprehend the debate that feminist theology has carried out within the Catholic Church. To appreciate the particularities of the theoretical and militant production of this theologian will contribute to identify the main conflicts with the hierarchical patriarchal structure, part of this production was built from his work of advising to the Latin American movement Catholics for the Right to Decide. In Brazil, Catholics have their headquarters in the city of São Paulo, where they carry out advisory work for women organized in the basic ecclesial communities. The research will listen to the women who coordinate the Catholic group for the Right to Decide of São Paulo that since the end of the 90s have worked with Ivone Gebara. For this analysis some keys of reading will be needed, such as: feminist theology and the construction of Catholic morality on the feminine condition; the role of the debate on feminism within the Church; importance of the struggle for equal rights within Christianity and the reproductive rights of women.

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