Me feminist? / Josefina Aranda / Looking for academic excellence
Soledad JARQUIN E.
Oaxaca, Mexico -. Josefina Aranda PhD in Social Anthropology and feminist "feminist, but good, not one to shy away and now say they are of the genus".
Savoring every sip of coffee takes many cups every morning, Josefina Aranda, serious candidate for the post of rector of the UABJO, is Director of Strategic Plans and Programs for the institution in an office building rectory.
His work almost 30 years ago is linked to Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca, where he was academic, researcher and civil servant, and the coffee-growing communities in the intricate entity saws where always "heart and brain" to train all women about their rights and encourage them autonomous productive projects whose fruits collected today.
His face is amiable and quiet despite seeing the coming storm; are less serious than in the past, in his words denoting passion for what he has done in life and what you do to achieve its objectives, its history is consists of elements such as patience, discipline, perseverance and goals.
Josefina Aranda was discovered feminist when you were just about 20 years and was a student of Social Anthropology. It passed the "primary" feminism protesting songs like El Rey Jose Alfredo Jimenez, reading groups and between academic reflection "that even then understood as speaking of gender inequality and social status of women."
He read all feminists of the hand of their master Teresita de Barbieri and Lourdes Arispe, with whom he would later develop research and also with a group of academics interested in the subject as Esperanza Tuñón, Sara Lava, Gisela Espinosa, among many others and later with socialist feminists of Puerto Rico understand "how inequality based on gender is socially constructed and how our strength as a feminist is to build another company that is not based on unequal gender relations."
Then ended the seventies, the rise of the "third wave feminism" in which the concept of patriarchy arises "to signify the socio-moral and political order which maintained and perpetuated the male hierarchy" (which) "marked the end the feminine mystique "as Amelia Varcárcel says.
Savor each sip of coffee, whose aroma and body will talk about her feminist activism that lead to recall the defense of a teen raped by her stepfather and his work on the popular urban movement in Mexico City to demand the right of women to property up to the Oaxacan mountains. "I will never deny that I am a feminist," says satisfied.
In the early eighties, with other and other professionals founded the Support Center Oaxacan Popular Movement (field) and almost simultaneously the State Coordinator of Coffee Producers of Oaxaca (CEPCO), "the great challenge is to bring feminism, or as I say, the awareness of this inequality and knowledge of human rights that we women "and was there for over 10 years.
These were the years of the coffee crisis, but Josefina Aranda argues that crises are moments of opportunity and sought women decide what to do and chose to produce "platitas coffee" because women in their reflection said "now the coffee is not worth but then it will be worth Lady Hump. "
It was difficult not only for coffee time, also to introduce the topic of human rights but managed to overcome the difficulties, in the end they had their own word, gave his views began to be heard and respected, to work together with the different men and that made the peasant organization in times in which women's participation is not promoted.
Cause "coffee seedlings" gave results, unfolded in literacy projects in Mazatec language, productive programs and services to communities. Today is a peasant organization founded companies to do their work sustainable, self-construction as a peasant movement and to bring up their own production, sells services to not depend on the state and avoid being co-opted.
Today is majority participation of women in CEPCO due, inter alia, to the migration of men, they changed their personal lives but also the community, began to join the municipal structures and other organizations, "it was a work of reflection , training, come and go, to overcome obstacles ... "
Josefina Aranda recalls that American grantees were asked to women in leadership and she told them that it was not reaching act of magic, it was a process through which men were sensitized and that they would have the elements to be leaders and not just puppets.
"I can already say with pleasure that was achieved," he says, referring to Leonor Fernandez Allende, one of the coffee that led the Council, but also "was a hard, difficult, with contradictions and long-suffering construction, as when they killed the companion Abrosio Estela Luna, in Loxicha area, "I felt a tremendous bitterness, come to think he should retire to write my books, pure, hard and true," he says as he recalls the loss of Estela confronted her because she had worked for outside an advocate for the rights of women.
Education to transform
Josefina Aranda academy that combined with the social reality of women said that education is really the element that transforms the inequality, injustice and impunity and the University is an important platform to achieve this.
Serious contender for the rectory UABJO, the current rector is not intimidated to "cheap shots" already started, because he says it is more important to complete an educational project initiated UABJO former rector Francisco Martínez Neri and was continued Rafael Torres.
"The priority is the training and research, and that students have the opportunity to become the best of Oaxaca.
However, he acknowledges that it will be a tough fight for personal and family interests to continue controlling the highest seat of learning, therefore demanded their potential opponents "fair play" and which compete each other for educational, democratic projects and equitable, "that not overstep the temptation to take external forces in the fight, because I'm not going to do. "
Criticized for not being born in Oaxaca and derisively called "defeña" Josefina Aranda argues that life has given him the opportunity to develop as a person and as a professional in Oaxaca, so much so that it has been recognized as a Distinguished Citizen by H. City of Oaxaca and better yet, she says, not born in this state poses no impediment of Law or the university regulations.
Also be discarded instead of Josefina, "the Dauphine" the current president because it ensures that Torres has shown a preference for more than one.
What it is to strengthen and complete the academic project whose possibility is to have the university that deserves Oaxaca says with an air of satisfaction that has been part of the past and of this administration.
And as for the other woman to be, considered a vulnerable point, she says that being a woman is an area of opportunity, the problem is that some men think that a woman will not let you send.
So much so that they produced a pamphlet-states-where they intend to disqualify calling it "old" old by age and older as a woman, to which he responds that age brings wisdom, experience that as important as the rectory office, and also points out in droll tone that "old hills are green and old and the moon and return to it."
With no fear and lots professionalism, Josefina Aranda academic project builds a participatory, as the foundation of their success and seeks to provide strong, clear and forceful struggle against all the problems of inequality that exist in the university at all levels, solving issues that have not previously been treated as sexual harassment and other violence against women, according to this proven model that applies the general director of the National Polytechnic Institute, Yoloxóchitl Bustamante.
For now, Josefina Aranda marches in search of the highest office in the Benito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca, it would be only the second woman to lead the institution founded in 1827, only this time the vision of the social condition be included women and, no doubt, give you answers in this regard.