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My teaching is my activism... but it's not enough!

My activism is my struggle and my joy, my battle and my peace, the way I live and the air I breath. As a university professor I theorize about women's issues, and as a community activist I put my theories and ideas to work to improve the lives of women. This is not easy, though. Combining teaching and community activism is an immense task. Teaching requires 24 hours a day and community activism another 24 hours a day. I quit teaching for a year so I could fully engage working for women's rights outside the academic world. Now that I am back to teaching I feel the same pressure I felt before, but it has turned into a sweet pressure that motivates me every second of my life.

I created classes for the University of Wisconsin-Madison that show my activism and my dedication to women's rights such as "Global Women's Heatlh and Human Rights" "Sex Work, Sex Trafficking and Human Rights." It is extremely rewarding to see how many of my students have changed majors to become more involved with women's lives and women's issues. Right now, I have students working all over the world; I will encourage them to become members of the WorldPulse.

In my community I am currently working with several non-profit organizations and with the state of Wisconsin for projects on women's reproductive health—with sex workers to protect their human rights; with victims of sex trafficking to create a comprehensive model of service in the state of Wisconsin, I am also writing part of the Wisconsin Protocol on Human Trafficking for the Office of Justice Assistance; with Latino women to prevent uterine cancer and to detect breast cancer in the early stages of development. Along with two wonderful and powerful colleagues, I am also running a project for female genital cutting called I AM NOT CUT; visit the website (in progress) www.iamnotcut.com. This project includes the production of several mini-documentaries where women, and men, can share their anonymous written testimonies on female genital cutting, and/or record 10 seconds of themselves or others saying variations of "I am not cut", a young lady would say "I am cut, but my younger sister is not cut" or a mother saying "I am cut, but my daughters are not cut" or a midwife saying "I used to cut, but now I don't cut."

The international community is also my community. On May 16 I will go to Kampala to work with the Family Planning Association of Uganda to study a program that targets the youth and the street prostitutes of Kampala for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. After that I am going to Kenya to work with the Somali Youth Forum on issues of female genital mutilation. Before coming back to the United States, I will go to my country of origin, Spain, to work with the non-profit organization Al-hanan on issues of sex trafficking in Barcelona.

All this activism plus raising an adolescent daughter who is my life and trying to be a good partner for my husband and a good sister for my brother and a good friend for my friends and... Life is not easy BUT IT'S WONDERFUL!!!!

Blessings and much joy for all of you.
Araceli

Comments

It is what I love about coming here is I also feel that "I need to do more" for woman/my tribe/the world feeling and love seeing how together we pick up the slack for each other. Since individually we are not 'Super Woman' we can feel overwhelmed by how much there is to do and seeing all the other woman on here each doing their part is a great feeling.

Blessing to you, too!

Maria

Araceli's picture

Thank you, Maria

Thank you for your comment, Maria. When I read your profile, I had chills all over my body. I have worked, and still do, with abused women, surviver of domestic violence and I know how difficult it is to break the cycle for the sake of your children. I admire you and send you my best and most positive vibrations, for you and your daughters.
Araceli

olutosin's picture

LIFE IS WONDERFULA ND YOU ARE TOO

Dear Araceli,

You are a wonderful woman! After reading all you have done and still yearning to do more, I believe that the world is wonderful because you are because we all are wonderful people if we can make the world what it is today, women are so strong and powerful, they juggle everything together and they still retain their sanity at the same time. a good mother, wife , sister, daughter, friend ,colleague, activist, professor, human rights activist, you mention it, and all these and more you are combining and still saying not enough, I love your attitude.

God Bless you,

Olutosin

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Thank you Olutosin

What I do is nothing my dear, compare to what you do. I have running water, electricity, easy access to food, a car, a computer, access to internet... I have no excuse for not doing things. After I read your journal I felt humble. You, and women like you, are the ones who support the world.
I will answer to your journal soon.

All the world's blessings for you, Olutosin.
Araceli

olutosin's picture

YOU ARE A STRONG WOMAN

My Dear Friend,

Thanks for your comment, you are in a country where there is a plan for tomorrow, you did not cry to sleep because of dinner and you did not wait throughout the night because of tommorrow's breakfast or what to feed your children, yet you are still bothered about us, there are people out there who do not want to be identified with our course, you are about to leave your comfort zone to assist others. I appreciate you, may the world continue to reproduce your type in millions.

Thanks Sister,

Olutosin

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

consolata's picture

You have a great Heart

Araceli, i read your post and i got so challenged.It is good to to know there are great people out there who are thinking of the less fortunate people. This is possible only to a person who has the HEART and WILL to change the negative situations in our lives. You are most welcome to our beloved country- Kenya and i believe we will learn more from each other. Keep up the good work
Regards,
Consolata

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Araceli in Nairobi

Dear Consolata,
I just arrived in Nairobi after a month in Uganda. I am not sure if you are in Nairobi or if it would be possible for us to meet, but it would be worthwhile to try. I have many plans for a few days but I still want to try to meet with you. Let me know if meeting is a possibility for you.

Many blessings and much joy for you dear Consolata.
Araceli

shiku steve's picture

welcome to Nairobi

Hei Araceli-This is on behalf of Consolata-womanshope.please call her on 0722-666296 or 0722-781433she is free next week and cant wait to meet you.
Have a lovely weekend

with
Love Shiku

LOGWELL's picture

Just read you post on on my

Just read you post on on my teaching is my activism ...but not enough! I think you are doing more than enough. Lecturers , Teachers make a difference in this world than they are given credit for. The number of people they influence is unbelieveable.

You work is impressive, I am more so impressed by the I am not cut project. The mini-documentaries sound like a very interesting concept that maybe can also be used around the world? Great stuff and you are influencing many women's life
bring together global voices trying to tackle the same problem of FGM. Overll I just wanted to let you know that you are doing great stuff !!!

Araceli's picture

I am in Nairobi

Dear Linda, I am in Nairobi, I came last night after a month in Uganda. I am planning to go to Mombasa soon. Will it be possible for us to meet. I don't have fixed plans yet but I know that time goes by really fast and I have sooo much to do. I would love to meet you in person.

My phone number in Nairobi is 0717105255. I will check my e-mail tomorrow.

Many blessings and looking forward to meeting you.
In Uganda I met Nalubega and Dr Edonna (both World Pulse;amazing!!)
Araceli

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Hooray!

Araceli, it sounds as if you are having an amazing trip. I can't wait to hear about your meetings with Dr. Edonna and Nalubega, both strong lights on PulseWire. Best wishes in Kenya and let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Keep us posted.
Janice

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Graceful heart

Dear Araceli,

After reading your post, for a fraction of time I thought "Gosh! Doesn't she get tired?" And then I got my answers in your words again. If one works in their subject of interest, there are no boundries and feelings of fatigueness.

There are many women who prefer watching TV rather than utilizing their time for something fruitful. But here you are, who wants to devote her every single seconds in women welfare.

I really appreciate you for how you have played all your part: as a daughter, a sister, a friend, a mother and a wife. Our mother earth is blessed to have you with such a graceful heart.

I anticipate to hear more from you.

With warm regards,
Prabi

Peace
Prabi

sunita.basnet's picture

An inspiring Lady

Dear Araceli,
You are an inspiring lady for me because even I am a student I do not spend more time in my study. I will think your time table to apply in my life. I found much interest in your journal. I admire your hard working to bring change in people lives. I have send you a frind request just a minute ago please add me.
Thank you
With love and regards
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Araceli's picture

It is women like you...

...who inspire me to do more and more. Knowing that there are so many wonderful women in the world wanting to share their voices keep me going and I just can't stop. My students inspire me a great deal as well. Right now I have students around the world working for women's organizations. One of my wonderful students, Amina, just came back from Somalia after two years of working for a women's peace building organization. Last week Amina gave a presentation in my class about her work in Somali, very impressive the power and determination of motivated students. I like to give students the tools to try to change the world and dream big. Many people have told me "You dream too big" and I've never listened. I knew that if I dream big I could always achieve great things, if I dream small I would be limiting myself without even starting to move.

My best for you my dear "student" and friend.
Araceli

Kizzie's picture

Hey there, I also feel the

Hey there,

I also feel the need to do more, I'm happy to know that I'm not alone in this! It's great to connect with you. I'm really interested in doing more research on FC in the country, the Sudan. Ahfad university for women in Omdurman, Sudan. (ahdaf.org), they do a lot of work on FC in Sudan (fieldwork and community outreach/awareness). I'm really torn between studying women's studies or human rights. I've worked with both women's rights and refugee rights organizations. I want to study women's studies (there is a great gender and justice program at AUC) , but I also don't want to limit myself. I studies mass communication as an undergraduate. It would be great to combine media n human rights! I have a question:-
Do you think getting a masters in human rights is going to give me the opportunity to work in different human rights fields?

Araceli's picture

Human rights

Hello dear,

I am in Kenya right now and I just came from Uganda, long journeys to work with women's reproductive health.

Yes, I think a Masters in Human Rights will give you many chances to work with a broad range of issues for women and men. In any case Women's Studies is not only the study of women, it is GENDER what we study and that includes both women and men. Even in my work with women's reproductive health I work with both women and men.

I have little chance to check my email since I am in the rural areas most days immunizing children and working on reproductive health in very isolated areas. I will be back in the United States mid July and I will be happy to answer any question you have.
Blessings and Joy
Ara

Kizzie's picture

Hey Ara, Thanks for the

Hey Ara,

Thanks for the wonderful advice:) I'm going to apply to a few schools soon. I will contact you when you are in the US to get more advice about graduate school!:)

Thanks and take care!

LOGWELL's picture

Hi Araceli, Welcome to Kenya,

Hi Araceli,

Welcome to Kenya, I am currently in Ethiopia, I get back on saturday i dont know if you will still be in Kenya by then. If you are, could we meet then? Kindly let me know and enjoy Mombasa. My Kenyan number is +254713703104.

Cheers

Linda

Araceli's picture

GREAT!!!

I will call you after Saturday. I will be back from Mombasa Tuesday or Wednesday.
Much love
Araceli

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