Raquel Ramírez Salgado, doctoral candidate in Communication from the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the UNAM since 2013, is doing a research stay at the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) at Freie Universität Berlin in the context of the exchange Program ESIINE during this winter term (Oct-Mar 2016-17).
Her doctoral research “Empowering women through media education: towards critical reception and action as content producers” aims to develop a proposal for media education with a feminist gender perspective.
“A review of proposals for media education at the global level determined the need to generate methodologies whose theoretical, ethical and political basis was to promote the empowerment of women and girls. This need is based on the fact that practices of discrimination, exclusion and violence against women and girls persist, even in societies with high levels of human and economic development. Women's empowerment was used as a theoretical and methodological starting point, as a category of analysis and as a goal. Nelly Stromquist's proposal on the components of women's empowerment was used, and the fieldwork was planned following the method of self-awareness groups (created by radical feminism during the 1960s in the United States) with young female students of Communication. After the empirical phase, the most eloquent result was that the participants pointed to feminism as a tool that makes possible the awareness and the creation of alternatives to transform the unequal relations of gender, to which they would be willing to resort both personally and professionally”.
During her stay, Raquel Ramírez Salgado will be visiting the Gender Colloquium at LAI and participating in extra-curricular activities. She will be speaker at the Media Education Summit 2016, in Rome, Italy (from 4 to 5 of November, 2016) and offering a workshop on femicide and other forms of violence against women at the Xochicuicatl Association in Berlin (November 14, 2016).
Raquel Ramírez Salgado is master and graduated in Communication by the University National Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM). Attended the graduates "Preventive Journalism” (University Complutense of Madrid); “Distance education in human rights. Towards a specialization from the social sciences” (UNESCO Chair of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the UNAM), and “Feminism in Latin America. Theoretical contributions and political vindications” (Center of Interdisciplinary Investigations in Sciences and Humanities, UNAM). She has been a teacher, workshop and lecturer under the theme of women's human rights, the feminist perspective of gender and the media. She has collaborated with the National Institute of Women, the Federal Electoral Institute (now INE) and the Public Administration Institute of the State of Hidalgo (IAPH) in training and awareness-raising processes for public servants and civil servants. She was a member of the PAPIIT UNAM Project "Access and participation of women in the media industries". Currently, she is part of the ALEC Network "Gender relations and social practices in Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean" of the University of Limoges, France, where she coordinates the Gender and Communication Observatory. She is a contributor to the site mujeresnet.info.