Ana Falú is a leading figure for her struggle for human rights and women’s rights. In the region, she is a pioneer in promoting matters related to women’s right to the city, such as violence in the cities and its relationship to women, from activism and academic research.
She is an architect, a university professor and a researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET by its Spanish acronym). She is also the director of the research institute called Instituto de Investigaciones Vivienda y Hábitat - INVIHAB (Housing and Habitat Research Institute) from the National University, in Córdoba, Argentina.
She was the director of UN Women (former UNIFEM) for the Andean region (2002-2004) and for Brazil and the countries of the Southern Cone (2004-2009). Among other realms of production and action in favour of women’s rights, Ana Falú has been the cofounder of Red Mujer y Hábitat de América Latina (Latin American Woman and Habitat Network), of Articulación Feminista Marcosur and of CISCSA (Córdoba, Argentina), an organisation that has been working for more than three decades and of which she is currently the director.
She has worked on, and participated in, different processes in the region. Together with Virginia Vargas, she coordinated the process leading to the IV World Conference on Women in China, (Beijing '95).
As an advisor of gender equality to UN Habitat, she promotes a vision of gender equality in urban planning, legislation and development, to reach women’s and girls’ inclusion and full integration in the economic, social, political and cultural life of cities.
To be born a woman, black, indigenous, cigana, to be young or homosexual in our societies means to live with fewer rights. It means to be born at a disadvantage. We need a cultural change in our societies, an internal symbolic change that allows for a real democracy.
Ana Falú para Radio Internacional Feminista.