Unisimon’s new doctorate: an example of social reality

The consolidation of a school of thought in gender studies, the production of science and training researchers of the highest level, are the challenges that the Simón Bolívar University has taken up with its new Doctorate in Gender Studies, Policies and Contemporary Challenges.

“A function we have extremely advanced”
assured the rector José Consuegra Bolivar, who presented the postgraduate program at the end of the IX Conference on Research Innovation of Red-Hila, an event attended by national and international experts.

The doctorate, with a qualified record of seven years from the Ministry of Education, is the result of more than fifteen years of work from the José Consuegra Higgins Center for Research and Social Innovation (CIISO) and the Gender Studies, Family and Research Group. Society.

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According to the firm Times Higher Education (THE), Unisimón is the university with the greatest social impact in the Caribbean region, due to its inclusion and equity indicators. Among them, 58% of its 17,281 students in Barranquilla and Cucuta are female; 550 women make up its faculty, 52.8%; And 49.2% of its undergraduate and graduate programs in Barranquilla are directed by women.

This doctorate is an analytical tool that not only reveals the structural causes of these inequalities, but also creates ways to move towards change and equity.

“We don’t just theorize, we take real action to be an academic benchmark and an example of social reality”Added Consuegra to the House of Culture of Unisimon “Pearl”,

The doctorate has 80 academic credits, lasts three years, has a combined modality (face-to-face-virtual) in Barranquilla and will admit 12 students per year. Her areas of research are sex, gender and society; gender and citizenship policies; and the sustainable development and management of scientific-technical capabilities.

For Maria Nohemi Gonzalez, director of the research group and coordinator of Red-Shake, “Having an Ibero-American perspective on the importance of this doctorate for the region is the best contribution that leads us to affirm that we are on the right track towards real and effective equality”,

A step forward

According to statistics from the Ministry of Science, 2,504 professionals were supported to pursue doctoral studies in the last two years: 999 are women (39.9%).

“We commend the University’s commitment to contribute to guaranteeing the education of the women of our country, to opening avenues that offer better horizons for us, our families and our social fabric”Highlighted by Clemencia Caraballi Rodalega, Presidential Adviser for Women’s Equality.

Disruptive and one step ahead. Angela Bernal Ollart, a researcher at the Escuela Superior de Administración Pública, considers a doctorate aimed at recognizing other voices, other knowledge and people who express sexual dissent and ethnic groups reinforce the knowledge that has historically denied them.

In this doctorate we have our own knowledge outside of Western hegemonic thought, with which we can explore and discover new knowledge in the fields.

“While we continue with academic standards from the global answer, let us now engage the voices that make pandemic justice a reality”Added Bernal, one of the experts invited to the Red Hill conference, which this year has the UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Violence against Women as a partner.

“We come closer to understanding the role of women historically and the chair’s role in making visible all the work and practices carried out by social movements that initiate dialogue with academia in such spaces”, explained Emma Doris López, director of the chair and professor at the university.

The program also generates expectations about its contribution to building a responsive academy, one that builds bridges between social movements and influences the creation of new rights and social relationships that allow the world to see, live, and experiment. Other methods are sought.

“Let us continue to repair our world, a world that includes our body, our being and our environment”Claudia Mejia Duque, senatorial advisor and activist is reflected.

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