We consider learning, creating consciousness and reconstructing knowledge and ideas among a group of women to be a valuable opportunity for change and transformation. Therefore, first and foremost, we wish to thank the Subsecretary for Habitat and Inclusion for believing in our project and professional methodologies, and for supporting us make the project viable.
Community Agents lead us down unexpected paths: in addition to forming a group of women and educating them on gender issues, this project enabled us to continue creating multiple and complex identities and to be proud of who we are, including our differences. The project exceeded our expectations and objectives, expanding beyond the classroom and opening new doors. The contents, methodologies and reflections culminated in the productions and workshops designed and implemented by the community agents themselves, generating new knowledge and insights.
Since its beginning, Community Agents was a comprehensive project designed to activate not only ideas and knowledge, but also bodies, movements, voices, words and experiences, transforming us in the process.
WHO ELSE AM I?
This booklet has been presented in a number of ways. First, we explained in detail why we wanted to create this material. Second, we focused on the reasons for choosing the stories included. In between, we included explanations linked to inclusive language and summed up some of the ideas behind the stories. This led to more questions than answers.
However, none of these explanations seemed to suffice, since the original idea behind the booklet was to create a space for expressing diverse perspectives, some of them more well-known than others. Therefore, any kind of introduction was deemed to condition future readings of these ideas and experiences. In this way, the initial objective of the booklet would not be fulfilled. This introduction is an attempt to not condition your reading. We hope to have succeeded.
WHO ELSE ARE YOU?
Society has, and always will be, in movement. However, what seems to have changed in a more radical way during the last few decades is the nature of this evolution: not only are we dancing to the rhythm of a dizzying beat, but at the same time we have become real-time spectators of our own steps.
The plurality present in all contexts of everyday life calls us into question, while being fed by diverse viewpoints, capable of questioning the rules of coexistence, with the conviction that instead of including the “other”, the different, our task is to create a democratic and inclusive framework together, where the active participation of each one of us allows us to tackle what is still pending: equality.
Observing and reflecting on our own actions allows us to improve ourselves like never before. Institutions such as family, schools, neighborhoods and communities need to change their structures in order to provide answers to burning questions. Clear, or at least clarifying, answers. These processes can only advance in historical and political contexts that favor inclusion and equality.
Born out of reflection as well as practice, Encontrarse en la Diversidad (Meeting in Diversity) is the result of the enthusiasm, willpower and conviction of a number of people that love their differences and those of others. Tireless defenders of human rights, democracy, education as a pluralistic and inclusive space, and dialogue as a way of life.