In April, a joint virtual conference was held between the members of AFCEA International and representatives of the Ministry of Women of Paraguay, including: María Gloria Báez, general director of Prevention and Care Against Trafficking of Persons, Ministry of Women, Paraguay; Susana Villanueva, clinical and forensic psychologist; and Zulma Cristaldo, director, Assistance to Women in Trafficking Situations. The AFCEA International participants included Juan Carlos Fondevila, regional vice president for South America; Vincenzo Vitiello, chapter president of the International Outreach Subcommittee, Ecuador; María Dolores Santos, chapter president, Ecuador; Col. Mauro Argoti, director of Security and Defense; María Andrea Cárdenas, member of the Security and Defense Directorate; and Jeimy Chicaiza, member of the Strategic Planning and Management Directorate. The specialist consultant participants were María Grazie Labellarte; Rut Cidoncha; and María Sol Estrada.
Fondevila discussed AFCEA International. What is it? Why join? He presented the benefits of being a member, saying, "AFCEA is a nonprofit professional association that connects innovative people from all areas of technology related to communications, electronics and security, people without distinction, whether they are from the civil, military, academic, industrial, governmental or governmental fields. Nongovernmental organizations that provide great ideas and vital solutions to advance global security for the benefit of the entire community … AFCEA offers a variety of networking activities, conferences, symposia, exhibitions, [including] SIGNAL magazine, tutorials and scholarships. Added to that, AFCEA offers educational opportunities that include professional development courses in different areas.' Santos presented how the Ecuador Chapter was created, mentioning that since June 2020, it has been approved by the board of directors of AFCEA Headquarters located in Washington, D.C. The chapter is made up of its board of directors by a president, first vice president, second vice president, treasurer and secretary. To date, there are 71 members, 47 men and 24 women.
Since its creation as a nonprofit association, the chapter offers events, webinars and academic activities. The chapter can be found on social networks: Twitter: @AfceaEcuador; Linkedln: AFCEA Ecuador; Instagram: afceaecuador; YouTube: AFCEA Ecuador; and the web: https://ecuador.afceachapters.org/
Báez welcomed the members of AFCEA International, and thanked the space for the joint coordination of conferences, workshops, courses, awareness seminars and training in the prevention of Trafficking in Persons and Resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council: Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda.
The meeting closed with unanimous ideas to carry out activities to promote education, micro-enterprise management, technical training for the development of Resolution 1325, cooperation for forums, panels, seminars, sharing experiences, generating awareness, etc.
This initiative will be led by Mauro Argoti and María Cárdenas.
Santos was thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with AFCEA International members Tina Jordan, Susan Emert, Sean McGowan, Bill Robinson and Cory Lindo.