Virginia "Gina" Vargas is a sociologist and feminist activist in Peru and Latin America. She is also a member and founding member of the Flora Tristán Center in Lima and of the political current Marcosur Feminist Articulation in Latin America. She has published several books and many articles. She has been a visiting professor at different universities in Europe, the United States and Latin America, including at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA and at the University of Gutenberg, in Sweden.
She has participated in numerous networks and various feminist initiatives in Latin America and globally: Among Women: a North-South dialogue, Social Watch, DAWN, Dialogue Peoples, Campaign for an Inter-American Convention on Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Campaign against Fundamentalisms, Campaign for the Legalization of Abortion in Latin America, among several others. For the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China, in 1995, she was appointed coordinator of the Forum of NGOs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Gina has received several international awards for her struggles for human and feminist rights. And, at a global level, she currently participates actively in the World Social Forum, from its inception, on behalf of the Marcosur Feminist Articulation.