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Ana Paula Ramirez

Argentina  
Líbera
Joined April 2021
Interests: Citizenship, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
My name is Ana Paula Ramírez. I am a lawyer from Mendoza, Argentina. As a lawyer I have always believed that having theoretical knowledge is not enough to solve problems or develop projects. Applying it in practical ways is the key. I consider myself as a trouble-shooter, thus, I have always tried to be precise when thinking of judicial strategies or preparing assignments - it is my strong ability.
A year before I obtained my degree in law, I started to work at Mendoza´s Government Hall. Not being a professional yet, I began doing administrative work at the Management Direction, which was my jump-start in the public sector. Basically, I could learn how a Ministry works, how public policies are taken and carried out. After I graduated, I was promoted to the General Secretarial Office for more technical work where my duties involved elaborating legal norms.
In 2015 there were National and Local Elections and the authorities changed. Consequently, there was a staff restructuring and I was reassigned to the Consumer Defense Direction where I have been working until now as a legal advisor. I must say that it is in this place where I can genially observe and be part of how public policies get to people. It is a daily effort to try to make a change in society. Additionally, I could observe that legal empowerment in consumers is as important as solving their complaints. It is crucial to empower them to solve and claim their rights by themselves. In other words, it enables them to understand, use, and shape the law.
On the other hand, I should mention my work in the private sector. As I am interested in women´s rights, I looked for a job in a different firm to learn how to fight in court defending women. It was my beginning in the Law Firm González where I continue. Helping women victim of gender violence is the most satisfying job I have ever done because I feel that sometimes injustice can be beaten.
In 2019, along with other colleagues, we started an NGO called Líbera. The jump-start was to help women to access legal abortions. Therefore, we started providing legal advice to those who suffer some kind of legal impediment to access the pregnancy termination. Moreover, we are planning some training for health personnel for them to understand, use, and shape the law, more specifically, the abortion law.
Joining the network would allow me and my NGO to learn and share our experience in defending and helping women`s in their rights. Líbera is just starting to work and needs a lot of knowledge to grow and being in the network would enable me (and therefore my NGO) to learn about community legal education pedagogy, innovative financing, providing legal services remotely, and using power mapping and case data for advocacy. Subjects that are crucial to enlarge our services in our community. A lot needs to be done in my province related to women´s rights and gender issues.
Thank you for giving me and Líbera the chance to join.

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