Students from different careers of the ULS, officials of the house of studies and representatives of the general community, participate actively in the initiative.
A massive call has had the Training Course 2014 '' Intervention in Violence of Couple with Gender Focus '', dictated by the Center for Women Liwen, as part of the agreement signed at 2012 between the University of La Serena and the National Service of Women, SERNAM.
The workshops of the course began the 4 of June in the Campus Isabel Bongard of the ULS and will gather their participants during 7 days, always on Wednesdays, to approach this topic from the most varied edges: general aspects, psychosocial aspects, theoretical models , intervention model Men's Center, first reception, 20.066 Intrafamily Violence Law and labor and sexual harassment.
The course, which is free and will be certified, has the assistance of about 80 people, including students from different careers of the U. de La Serena, officials of the institution and representatives of the general community. In addition, it is supported by the ULS Staff Association.
As explained by Keyla Marín, coordinator of the Liwen Center, the objective of the course is '' to install capacity for detecting violence for future professionals and the professionals who are accompanying us in these days. To install capacities to detect violence but also to become aware of how we are part of modifying this culture, which is where we stop to look at violence through language, doing an internal and at the same time external work ".
Regarding the expectations with the participants, Marín says that he expects that "those who bring the theme to other spaces, with all the people who are related, that in some way will be the new sensitizing entities of the theme in all spaces for dialogue , of interpersonal relationships that are established outside the University and the workplace. "
Keyla Marín was also the rapporteur of the first workshop. In this regard, highlights the good number of men and women participating in this training, knowing the issue through stories and learning '' that everyone, from the State down, '' we can be '' relevant and significant actors here in front of their lives and those with whom they work on the issue of violence against women. ''
Meanwhile, the coordinator of the agreement in the ULS, the academic of the Department of Education, Georgina García, highlights that this alliance between the University of La Serena and SERNAM "is very important to fulfill our work as a state and regional university, since In addition to training professionals and generating knowledge, our actions should promote changes in economic, political, cultural and social improvements in the localities in which we are inserted. In addition, state organizations must strengthen their links to exchange knowledge, resources and experiences because they share an objective, the good of society as a whole, a task that is far from wanting to profit from knowledge. "
The academic added that "this alliance corresponds to the continuity of a task that years ago began other academics such as Marta Vitar, María Teresa Juliá and Erika Zúñiga, among others, who promoted a Gender Study Program. In this context of the agreement, work is being done with the Central Library on the realization of a Manual on Women's Rights that will be freely accessible ".
Regarding the fact that the '' students can access training in the subject of gender violence, not only favors them in their professional training, since in the very near future they should promote respectful human relations and make decisions regarding their staff in charge, It will also have an impact on your personal life as they will have tools to detect these behaviors and find relevant solutions. One of my students told me recently that the pololo of one of her friends asked her for information about where they were going to dance and what clothes she was going to wear, and she told him: '' be careful that these behaviors are very controlling "This is a sample of everyday situations of symbolic violence that could end in more serious behavior if they do not stop on time," says García.
The psychologist of the Liwen Center, Karina Meza, was in charge of dictating the second workshop of the course. The professional explained that times are changing and, as we become aware of our rights, "this issue that generates so much pain, returns to the discussion. Currently, the issue of violence against women is more criticized and less allowed. " He recalled that 17 femicides have occurred in Chile so far this year and mentioned that 275 women are treated only in La Serena for gender violence.
Meza began his workshop by doing practical work, to analyze the characteristics learned (gender) and natural (sex) of men and women, as well as how social networks are formed and people's behaviors are expected. He specified that ethical, political, legal and cultural components deliver the social and historical context in which violence occurs and the interests that sustain it, highlighting domination among these elements.
Meanwhile, Paula Álvarez, in charge of the Unit for the Prevention of Violence against Women, Chile Acoge SERNAM Region of Coquimbo Program, assessed that this type of initiative is already part of the daily life in this alliance between the ULS and the National Service of the Woman. "Every year, we see that more people are interested in doing this course. I understand that they are from different careers, so that is interesting, since the training of different professionals have incorporated different concepts of gender and notions of violence against women, because it is finally present in all spaces of our society, "he said. .
In the same way, he maintained that participants are expected to generate knowledge in their careers and "be replicators in the denaturalization of the concept of violence with their classmates, for example, and in their professional practice we hope that upon encountering the thematic, with a particular case, depending on their careers, know how to demystify this harsher discrimination that women experience and, on the other hand, that they provide adequate information, that there are programs that work and address the problem in order to guide, in case of that you meet with victims and that there are spaces for promotion in your community. ''
It is important to highlight that this course has been carried out in previous opportunities within the framework of the ULS-SERNAM agreement, with two versions in 2013 and could be replicated in the second semester of this year.