It’s been a little over a week since my last blog (and first) entry. I mentioned my frustration at the housing institution, feeling a bit lost there, and having to write a letter so I can meet someone at the housing institution. I’m still waiting for an answer…but I haven’t stopped fieldwork.
The past week I went to the Secretary for Women and was able to speak to someone there who opened the doors. I found out about the history of the Secretary for Women which is fascinating -it is product of women’s movements from Medellin. I also learned about the different programs that aim to improve women’s rights and protection in the city.
I also went to women’s organizations in the city. There are many women organizations and movements in Medellín, but the three I went to this week were part of the women’s movements in the late 1990s which led to the emergence of the Secretary for Women at the turn of the 21st century.
The week hasn’t finished and I’m still exploring field, visiting different women’s organizations, finding out about women’s movements in the city, and speaking to civil servants involved in programs aimed at improving women’s life in Medellín.