Tuesday we spoke with current university student and feminist Josefa Ibarra as well as literary critic and professor Elena Aguila. Josefa was candid and it was great to hear from a young woman whose feminism clearly guides her curricular decisions and her overall university experience.
Wednesday we had an opportunity to interview Pia Barros, a longtime feminist — she told us she feels she has been one since before the word was invented — and author. Her roles within this social movement seems to be one of professor/connector/gatherer to name a few. She was magnetic and so full of knowledge.
I am in awe of these women who have sought to continue learning from and recontextualize their experiences fighting against the dictatorship within their own fields of interest — even sometimes using their own assaults or abuses as points of further inquiry.
Yesterday we had an amazing morning with four young women. All either in undergrad or just finishing, they are members of a feminist performance/protest collective called Las Encapuchadas, recognizable by their hoods. Then in the afternoon we had the incredible honor of interviewing Lorena Fríes, founder and director of La Corporación Humanas, a Feminist NGO here in Santiago. During Bachelet’s presidency, she was the Sub-secretary of the Instituto de la Mujer.
Today we’re off to speak with renowned author Diamiel Eltít at her home and then this afternoon we’re meeting with several more students at the library of the Academia de Humanismo Cristiano.