Inequalities: Challenges from Civil Society
Chair: Sofía Donoso, Researcher COES-Espacio Público
Comments: Emmanuelle Barozet, Researcher COES-UChile

Civil society plays a key role in the construction of norms to rule our society, in raising issues to public debate that otherwise would go unnoticed and in meeting the needs of disadvantaged social groups. Thus, civil society is a fundamental part in the struggle against inequality. This panel analyses the work conducted by several civil society organizations in order to promote the rights of citizens who have been historically excluded and to improve their living conditions.

Doris González

Ukamau Dwellers movement national spokeswoman

She studied social work. She is a chilean political and social leader. Currently, she’s the spokeswoman of the Ukamau dwellers movement, which means “So we are” in aymara language. Since its creation in the western part of Santiago Metropolitan Region, Ukamau has extended to different regions of Chile in its struggle for decent housing and good living. She’s running for Mayor of Estación Central municipality.

Luis Larraín

President of Iguales Foundation

Civil Industrial Engineer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Master in International Relations from l'Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris. His work experience is concentrated in the field of public policies, especially regarding matters related to human rights, international relations, discrimination and civil rights; in the public sector, academia and civil society. Since 2013 he has served as Executive President of Iguales Foundation, of which he is also founder.

Camila Rojas

President of the Universidad de Chile Students Federation (FECh)

Master student of Management and Public Policies at the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Faculty of Universidad de Chile. She started studying Public Administration at Universidad de Chile in 2009. In 2011 she joined the organization Izquierda Autónoma. She has been counselor for the Universidad de Chile Students Federation (FECh) representing the Instituto de Asuntos Públicos in 2012 and delegate for the Public Administration Student Center in 2013. During 2014-2016 she was University Senator and is currently President of FECh since the end of 2015.

Juan Cristóbal Romero

Executive Director of Hogar de Cristo

Civil Engineer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. In 1998 he joined Hogar de Cristo as university volunteers’ coordinator. In 1999 he took office as Manager of Hogar de Cristo Castro Headquarters. Since 2001 to 2014 he served as General Manager of Fondo Esperanza. He has been a member of the Advisory Committee on Public Policies of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and President of the Network for the Development of Microfinance in Chile. Since august 2014 he is Executive Director of Hogar de Cristo.