|Camila Vallejo Dowling|
|Camila Vallejo in Munich.|
|President of the|
24 November 2010 – 16 November 2011
|Preceded by||Julio Sarmiento|
|Succeeded by||Scarlett Mac-Ginty (acting)|
|Member of the|
October 2011 – Present
28 April 1988 |
|Political party||Communist Youth of Chile|
|Alma mater||University of Chile|
Camila Antonia Amaranta Vallejo Dowling (Spanish: [kaˈmila baˈʝexo]) (vah-YAY-ho) (born 28 April 1988 in Santiago) is a Chilean geography undergraduate student and member of the Chilean Communist Youth. As president of the University of Chile Student Federation (Fech) and main spokesperson of the Confederation of Chilean Students (Confech), she led a movement for better access to quality education at the end of April 2011 – which continues as of April 2012[update].
Vallejo is the daughter of Reinaldo Vallejo and Mariela Dowling, both members of Chilean Communist Party and activists in the Chilean resistance during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. She lived her childhood between the communes of Macul and La Florida, and she studied in Colegio Raimapu, a co-ed subsidised school in La Florida. In 2006, Vallejo entered the University of Chile to study geography. There, she started forming ties with leftist students and getting involved in politics, which led her to join the Chilean Communist Youth the next year.
The student movement
She was counselor of Fech in 2008, and was chosen as its president in November 2010, becoming only the second woman to hold this post in the 105-year history of the student union.
Vallejo has acquired public attention as a leading spokesperson and as leader of the 2011 student protests in Chile, alongside other student leaders, including Giorgio Jackson from the Catholic University of Chile Student Federation and Camilo Ballesteros from the University of Santiago, Chile Student Federation. In August 2011, the Supreme Court of Chile ordered police protection for Vallejo after she received death threats. In October 2011 she was elected to the Central Committee of the Communist Youth of Chile at its XIII National Congress.
On 7 December 2011, Vallejo was defeated in her bid for re-election by Gabriel Boric, a law school graduate. Despite of not being the president of the Fech any longer, Vallejo continued to appear consistently in the media to defend the student movement and the rights of workers.
In November 2012, Vallejo was proclaimed by the Communist Party of Chile as one of their candidates for Congress in the 2013 elections. She would be competing to represent the 26 District of La Florida.
Vallejo has been labeled by the media as the most important and influential Communist personality of the 21st century in Chile, and also as the symbolic successor of Gladys Marín. In August 2011, she was displayed on the front page of the German weekly Die Zeit and in December of that year she was overwhelmingly chosen as "Person of the Year" in an online poll by readers of The Guardian, which four months earlier had published a piece on her. Vallejo has been included by magazines in such lists as "100 People Who Mattered" by Time Magazine in its December 2011 "Time Person of the Year" annual issue, and in "150 Fearless Women" by Newsweek in March 2012.
- Leaders of the 2011 Chilean protests
- 2011 student protests in Chile
- Education in Chile
- María Jesús Sanhueza
- Destacados Noticias. "Federación de Estudiantes Universidad de Chile - Noticias » Scarlett Mac-Ginty asume como Presidenta FECh". Fech.cl. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- Goldman, Francisco (5 April 2012). "Camilla Vallejo, the World's Most Glamorous Revolutionary". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
- Aldea, Sofía (16 May 2011). "Compañera Camila". Revista Paula. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
- Jonathan Franklin (24 August 2011). "Chile's Commander Camila, the student who can shut down a city". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- Corte Suprema acoge amparo a favor de Camila Vallejo y ordena rondas policiales, Emol, 23 August 2011
- "Camila Vallejo, Chile’s iconic student leader, loses election". Santiagotimes.cl. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- "Juventudes Comunistas proclamaron a Camila Vallejo como precandidata a diputada". Cooperativa.cl. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
- "PC anuncia a Camila Vallejo como candidata a diputada por La Florida". La Tercera. 2013-01-13. Retrieved 2013-03-31.
- El Partido Comunista y su recambio generacional: Karol Cariola, Camila Vallejo y Camilo Ballesteros encabezan el "comunismo joven", CNN Chile, 3 October 2011
- Francisco Vidal sobre Camila Vallejo: “Es la Gladys Marín del Siglo XXI” , El Dinamo, 23 August 2011
- El Mercurio S.A.P. "Diario alemán dedica portada a Camila Vallejo". LaSegunda.com. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- "The Guardian readers vote Chile's student leader Person of the Year | Video". Reuters.com. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- Padgett, Tim (14 December 2011). "Chile's Student Protesters - Person of the Year 2011". TIME. Retrieved 2011-12-22.
- "Camila Vallejo y Bachelet aparecen dentro de las 150 mujeres más valientes del mundo". Emol.com. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
- "Camila Vallejo está embarazada". Cooperativa.cl. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
- "Julio Sarmiento es el padre del hijo que espera Camilo Vallejo". Nación.cl. 2012-04-11. Retrieved 2013-04-20.
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- Personal blog
- La linda presidenta de la Fech llama la atención de las agencias internacionales from the Chilean newspaper Publimetro (article in Spanish)
- Enrico Lucca, "Diario cileno (23 ottobre - 6 novembre 2010)", Calixtilia, vol. 5, pp. 89-112 http://www.calixtilia.com/Pubblicazioni/tabid/473/Default.aspx (article in Italian)