Director of the Gender, Society and Policies Area of FLACSO Argentina (Latin American School of Social Sciences)
Coordinator of the UNESCO Regional Chair Women, Science and Technology in Latin America (www.catunescomujer.org), Coordinator of the Regional Program on Gender and Public Policies – PRIGEPP, Coordinator of the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender
Psychologist (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), M.A. in Gender and Education (Department of Education, University of Cambridge, England).
Director of the "Gender, Society and Policies Area” at the Latin American Postgraduate Institute of Social Sciences (FLACSO Argentina). Within this Area she coordinates two Regional Programs:
The UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America www.catunescomujer.org
The E-learning Master's Program on Gender, Society and Public Policies (PRIGEPP) www.prigepp.org
Coordinator of the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender.
Organizer of the UNESCO Regional Forum: “Women, Science and Technology in Latin America: Diagnoses and Proposals”, Bariloche, Argentina, 1998. (Preparatory meeting for the UNESCO World Conference On Science, Budapest, 1999).
Organizer of the International Conference “Gender Equity Policies – A Prospective View: New Scenarios, Actors and Articulations”, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010.
Tinker Visiting Professor at the Women’s Studies Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison, January to May 2001.
Consultant on Women, Science and Technology for several national, regional and international organizations such as: Minister of Science and Technology in Argentina, DAW, United Nations, Women and Development Unit, ECLAC and the Office of Science and Technology, OAS, IDRC/CRDI, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNDP and UNESCO.
Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean of the WSIS Gender Caucus (2003-2005).
She has developed several research projects on gender issues and/in technology and science, education, communication, health and youth, and published books and articles in her country and international books and journals.
Member of the Board of Directors of GAID (Global Alliance for ICT and Development of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs).
International Taskforce on Women and ICT (ITF).
Gender, Development and Information Society Policies (GDISP).
Coordinator of the Regional Working Group on “Gender & ICT in Latin America” based in UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America.
Member of the Iberoamerican Network of Women Leaders, organised by Fundación Carolina.
Organizer of the International Conference “Gender Equity Policies – A Prospective Vew: New Scenarios, Actors and Articulations”, held in November 9-12, 2010, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She has been distinguished by UNESCO as one of the 60 women worldwide who has helped accomplish the organization’s goals throughout the 60 years of its existence, representing the voices, aspirations, and visions of many women around the world.
What would you say are the most challenging and the most satisfying aspects of your work?
My first university degree is in psychology, and for some time I worked as a clinical psychologist both in health and educational institutions and in private practice.
While doing this, I realized that what interested me most was understanding change. Why and how people change, as well as why some of them resist change despite unhappiness and suffering; how to help them overcome the resistances that impede them from achieving a more fulfilling and rich life.
Later in my professional life I became more and more interested in understanding social, cultural and institutional dynamics and power relations, mainly gender relations.
All through this path I continued trying to understand and create interventions that impact in different processes of change that cross-cut all contexts and all relations from the most intimate to the most public ones.
All my work as a researcher, a university educator, and a member of social and women’s movements has showed me that challenge and satisfaction are the two sides of the same coin. To promote change we need to challenge the current social, economic and political arrangements that might make us feel secure or stable, even though they don’t allow us to expand all our possibilities, capacities and wishes .But also when we dare to change some aspects of ourselves or of reality and achieve some level of satisfaction or help others do the same, we still need to challenge the tendency to get stuck in the defense of this “ safe spaces “ that supposedly contain the “legitimate” truths, the “ real” knowledge; the definitions of how we have to live .
To me one of the most challenging aspects of my work is crossing boundaries (disciplinary, geographical, ideological) being exposed to other ways of creating knowledge and life styles. Of course this means tolerating uncertainties in the way we think and we live, but that also keeping alive the passion, the desire of innovation and real dialogue with the ones that are different from myself.
What qualifications or certifications did you attain in order to reach your professional goals?
This is a very challenging question, not easy to respond. Of course I attained university qualifications, both in psychology and education. But my professional development has much more to do with the kind of academic work and personal and social experiences I had during my life working for more than 30 years as a researcher in gender studies, as an educator, a policy maker, a consultant, and a creator of different programs and institutions related to gender equality.
All through this activities I learnt a lot from the people I worked with, from friends, mates and many different sources of significative knowledge: literature, films, art , nature, etc.
While doing this, I discovered the potential of ICTs for promoting and enabling communication across borders, experiment the richness of sharing information, knowledge creation in collaborative spaces and experimenting creativity. It was and still is an ongoing process of appropriation of this fantastic techno-cultural environment.
Since 2000 we created an e-learning multimedia platform that delivers several programs, from a Master’s Degree on Gender, Society and Policies, to short courses, web-conferences, research projects and many other activities with people from almost all over the world.
It changed my way of thinking, of teaching, of communicating, perceiving a diverse world and participating modestly in making it more fair and democratic.
If there is one message you would like to convey to young women to encourage them to consider a profession in the ICT sector, what would it be?
ICT can be a field of or for adventure for your mind and your sensitivity, an opportunity for exploring and expanding your creativity, an impulse for committing yourself with the development of your community, and being part of the creation of unlimited horizons of well-being.