Clara Franco Yáñez, M.A.
Photo: Clara Franco Yáñez
Doctoral student Prof. Wiener (since October 2016)
“The politics of advocacy for maternal health: Portraying persons in transnational advocacy for and against the legalization of abortion. The cases of Mexico and Chile in the last decade”.
The research project aims at studying the transnational advocacy that has, in recent years, surrounded the political debate about the liberalization of abortion laws in Mexico (focusing particularly on the case of the capital, Mexico City) and in Chile. Building on previous research carried out at the Master level, the thesis aims to build on the element of “the politization of personalities”; referring to the presence of images and discourses of several categories of individuals (“personalities”) as crucial elements of various modern advocacy campaigns.
Advocates portray, depict, ascribe meanings to, use testimonies from, negotiate and come in contact with various categories of personalities; in order to draw attention towards their campaigns, generate empathy and stir emotions, affect public opinion, and ultimately do what is often their larger goal: target policymakers and change policies or laws. The “politics of personalities”, therefore, refers to the use of the stories, testimonies, discourses, images or direct messages from different categories of individuals, for transnational advocacy purposes. Aiming to provide a deep and grounded study of the advocacy carried out both for and against the legalization of abortion in Mexico and in Chile, the project relies on fieldwork through semi-structured interviews with advocates working on the issue of abortion, as well as advocates in diverse transnational and international organizations working on women’s rights and reproductive rights.
The project is funded by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Technologia, CONACYT (Mexican National Council on Science and Technology).
- Advocacy on health-related issues
- Gender issues
- Human Rights and advocacy
- Clara Eugenia Franco Yáñez, Dr. José Antonio Hernández Pacheco. “Monitoring of extreme maternal morbidity (near miss) as an international commitment to complement the quality of attention in maternal healthcare”. Perinatología y Reproducción Humana. Vol. 30, Issue 1. January - March 2016.
- Franco Yáñez, Clara Eugenia. “DeMOOCratization of Education?... Massive Open Online Courses, Opportunities and Challenges: views from Mexico, Thailand and Senegal”. Working Paper No. 8. Network for international policies and cooperation in education and training (NORRAG). December 2014.
- Franco Yáñez, Clara Eugenia; Nigmonova, Dilnoza; Panichpathom, Wipada. “DeMOOCratization of Education?: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the opportunities and challenges for developing countries”. Repository of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Geneva, Switzerland. July 2014.
- Franco Yáñez, Clara Eugenia; Nigmonova, Dilnoza; Panichpathom, Wipada. “DeMOOCratizing Higher Education? Massive Open Online Courses for Developing Countries”. Norrag NewsBite Blog. July 2014.
- Franco Yáñez, Clara Eugenia; Nigmonova, Dilnoza; Panichpathom, Wipada. “Can "Massive Open Online Courses" help improve employability?”. The Broker online, October 2014.