15 May 2019

Lorena Sosa back in Utrecht for research on gender-based violence norms

Dr Lorena Sosa, assistant professor at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), has recently moved back to Utrecht after carrying out her research on gender-based violence against trans and intersex persons at the Instituto Interdisciplinario de Estudios de Género (IIEGE) of the University of Buenos Aires, which received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant of the European Commission.

Her project critically examined the legal and social developments in Argentina regarding trans and intersex persons. Argentina offers a very interesting scenario for exploration due to the innovative laws on gender-based violence and gender identity, the high levels of social awareness on the issue, the very strong and active feminist movement, and the State's support for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity rights at UN and regional level.

Funded by a VENI grant, she will continue her research on the formal and practical potential of the gender-based violence norms to protect transgender and intersex people from violence, now with a focus on the international and regional human rights systems. Her project involves civil society organizations and includes visits to relevant human rights bodies.