The Women´s Studies Center
The Women's Study Center is an independent,
non-profit organization founded in 1984 by women social scientists and
economists concerned with gender issues. Known as CEM from the initials
of its Spanish name "Centro de Estudios de la Mujer" it conducts
research, training, communication and consulting programs, concentrating
on the fields of labor and employment, citizenship and political participation,
and public policy planning.
The essence of CEM "and the activity that makes possible and supports
its other work" is research. Solidly grounded and discerning analysis
from CEM strives to explain gender relations and illuminate their interaction
with and influence on other forms of social, economic and political behavior.
Our researchers apply a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches.
They draw on contributions from the social sciences, examine statistical
data from secondary sources, and conduct their own field studies. Opinion
surveys, personal interviews, and in-depth biographies are only some of
the tools that CEM specialists use to examine issues and topics from different
At CEM, new categories of analysis are used to interpret social realities
and to impart gender-related findings to individuals and groups in ways
that help them develop and increase their personal and organizational
Our educational programs and materials are valued for their academic quality
and gender perspective. They range from training courses for working women
to a program in Gender and Society Studies
we recently designed in conjunction with four other institutions.
Effective communication is a continuing concern at CEM. Sharing viewpoints
and findings on gender issues with other professionals, policy makers,
the general public and with women in particular is one of our major purposes.
Our information programs put issues relating to gender on the public agenda
and help shape public opinion.
CEM issues publications, books
and white papers and publishes Arguments
for Change, an informative monthly policy letter. Our researchers
also publish in the general press and academic and professional journals
and are frequent contributors on radio and television discussion programs.
Through its consulting activities, CEM provides expertise and research
findings to social organizations, public agencies, and governments throughout
Latin America and the Caribbean.
CEM has advised community groups and government policy makers in Chile
since its founding and, at the request of international bodies, has consulted
on numerous projects elsewhere in the region.
In an ongoing program initiated in 1990, CEM has served as consultant
to various agencies of the Chilean government, assessing issues, evaluating
social programs, conducting research and training, and aiding in the formulation
of public policy. Among its other consulting assignments, CEM has both
prepared proposals for and evaluated equal opportunities plans in Chile
and other Latin American countries.
Amalia Mauro, Sociologist
and Director, CEM
Virginia Guzmán, Psychologist and Assistant Director,
Ximena Díaz, Sociologist
Eugenia Hola, Sociologist
Julia Medel, Sociologist
Lorena Godoy, historiadora
Rosalba Todaro, Economist
Sonia Yáñez, Economist
María Elena Valenzuela, Sociologist
Kathya Araujo, Psychologist
Thelma Gálvez, Economist
Diego López, Lawyer
Eliana Rahal, Psychologist
Charlin-Easton Ltda., Survey Advisors
Laura Vörgard, Office Manager
Juana Palma, Secretary
Nelly Quiroz, Secretary
Ximena Vidal, Secretary