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Fight for housing from a women's perspective: the Uruguayan experience of FUCVAM

Grant number: 23/07305-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): March 11, 2024
Effective date (End): September 10, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Social Psychology
Principal Investigator:Cris Fernández Andrada
Grantee:Cris Fernández Andrada
Host Investigator: Maria Daniela Osorio Cabrera
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e da Saúde. Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidad de la República (UDELAR), Uruguay  


The main objective is to understand the struggle for the right to housing in the experience of the women participants of a social movement of unmatched reference in Latin America, the Federación Uruguaya de Cooperativas de Vivienda por Ayuda Mutua. The investigation is designed as a qualitative study that has as theoretical and methodological framework the Philosophy of Everyday Life In an interface with Psychosocial Studies of Memory. The study will be developed, between August and December of this year, in collaboration with Profa. Dra. Daniela Osorio-Cabrera, coordinator of Group Research Feminisms and Solidarity Economy of the Cooperative Estudios and Solidarity Economy Area of SCEAM of Universidad de la República (Udelar/Uruguay). Recently, we participated in an international research on 'Commoning' in the struggle for housing (PUCSP - UAB Barcelona), an experience that also supports this project. Recent studies indicated that feminine engagement is fundamental in the daily work of care, in the production of the commons, and in the grassroots militancy in these movements. However, the places of representation are still majoritarily occupied by men. The plans for the procedures are to include a systematic literature review of the social and conceptual field, to conduct a three-stage field research, and extended semi-structured interviews with women active in the Uruguayan movement. As results, we expect to gather women's narratives about their experiences of struggle for housing in Brazil and Uruguay, including their main circumstances, challenges and potentialities to be published widely and accessibly. For this, we count on the experience of previous researches in the field of Solidarity Economy and on a wide network of contacts. In general, we also expect to gather further support in order to contribute to the improvement of Brazilian public policies for the sector from a gender perspective.

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