By Suzanne Bacon
In conjunction with International Women’s Month in March 2020, the volunteers of Ser Mujer will install a display of women’s shoes to represent the number of femicides that have occurred in the state of Guanajuato in 2019. The installation will mount one pair of shoes for each life lost in colonia Guadalupe. Guadalupe was chosen because it is considered the Distrito de Arte of San Miguel de Allende and is known for its street murals. The colonia also has a strong women’s community including women from different nationalities.
The shoes will be hung from red ribbons on the facade of the building owned by local artist Tomas Joaquin Burkey Marambio, and from window sills, balconies, and the roof of the house at the corner of Calles Julian Carillo and Margarito Ledesma, directly across from Gil’s Tienda.
Ser Mujer is collecting donated women’s shoes in good condition at Geek and Coffee at Fábrica Aurora; at St. Paul’s Church; at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday mornings; at the La Conexion at Aldama 3; at Plaza Real de Conde; and at the Paprika’s office at Ancha de San Antonio 9. The donated shoes will later be given to migrant women.
The “In Her Shoes (En los Zapatos de Ella)” installation will be dedicated on Sunday, March 8, at 3pm and will include music performed by Jessica Sanchez, poetry by Vicky Delgado, and a reading of the names and ages of the 2019 victims of femicide in Guanajuato. Everyone is welcome.
Ser Mujer is a San Miguel group of Mexican, North American, and Canadian women of all ages working in partnership. Our goal is to promote the commonality of women’s issues across cultures, to raise awareness of challenges that women face, and to celebrate women’s contributions. Ser Mujer’s events are in English and Spanish. Fees are affordable for all and no one is turned away. In 2020 proceeds from events will support the Instituto de Mujeres program which trains women to become electricians and plumbers by helping the trainees purchase the tools of their trade.
For more information, go to www.sermujersma.com.