Maria Eugenia ludueña
Co-founder & director, Agencia Presentes
María Eugenia Ludueña is an Argentinian journalist who reports about human rights. She is the co-founder and director of Presentes, a regional news agency based in Buenos Aires, covering Latin American news about violence against LGBT+ people in Argentina, Paraguay, Perú, Chile, Uruguay, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico. Presentes also trains journalists to improve their coverage of crimes against populations discriminated by sexual orientation and gender identity. She is professor in the Master’s Degree in Communication and Human Rights at the Faculty of Journalism in the National University of La Plata (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, UNLP). She is also co-coordinator of Wiki Derechos Humanos, a Wikimedia Argentina’s project. It has the aim of updating and consolidating the Wikipedia content on human rights: crimes against Humanity perpetrated during the period of State terrorism in Argentina (#WikiLesa) and Uruguay, LGBT+ articles and other subjects. The project organizes editing events and workshops in educational and cultural spaces at a regional level. She is the author of the non-fiction book “Laura, Vida y militancia de Laura Carlotto”, which tells the story of the elder daughter of Estela de Carlotto, the president of Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo. Laura was a 22-year-old political activist, a victim of state terrorism. She was pregnant when a death squad from Argentina’s 1976-83 dictatorship kidnapped her in 1977. Her son was born in June 1978 and Laura was killed two months later. The baby was stolen in the context of a systematic kidnapping of children during the dictatorship. He lived with a false identity until he was found in 2014.
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