“Women, Violence and Resistance in Latin America”

“Women, Violence and Resistance in Latin America”


SerMujer Events this Week
“Standing Up Against Violence”
Veronica Cruz, founder of Las Libres
Sun, Mar 15, 10:30am
Hotel la Aldea
Ancha San Antonio 15

“Women, Violence and Resistance in Latin America”
By Laura Carlsen, Director Americas Program
Center for International Policy, CDMX
Wed, Mar 18, 4pm
Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
100 pesos

By Carole Schor

Ser Mujer, San Miguel de Allende’s only organization devoted to the empowerment of women, is now in its 6th year of working to promote the commonality of women’s issues across cultures, to raise awareness of their challenges, and to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions.

On March 15 at the Hotel la Aldea at 10:30, Ser Mujer and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel will co-sponsor a talk by Veronica Cruz, founder of Las Libres. Details elsewhere in this issue of Atención.

On March 18 at 4pm in the Sala Quetzal in the Biblioteca, Ser Mujer proudly presents Laura Carlsen speaking on “Women, Violence and Resistance in Latin America.” The past years have seen unprecedented movements to eliminate violence against women in our region. From the MeToo movements to denounce abuse and harassment, to Chilean women’s viral performance of Un violador en tu camino (A rapists in your path), to demonstrations for the right to choose, and school occupations against violence in Mexico–a new generation of feminists is saying, “Never again!” We’ve also seen some advances in legislative and institutional recognition of problems women face and responses. At the same time, violence against women has been rising and growing conservative movements would strip away some of the historic wins of the past. What gives? Why can’t we make progress on the most basic issue of guaranteeing our physical safety? This talk examines recent debates among feminists, different approaches and results, and what can be done.

Laura Carlsen is the director of the Americas program at the Center for International Policy in Mexico City and a consultant on gender issues for international organizations including JASS, the Nobel Women’s Initiative and the Global Fund for Women. She has participated in, and reported on meetings of women who struggle in Zapatista territory and has written extensively on gender violence.

Events and films continue through the month of March and will be featured in the Atencion in the next few weeks. Tickets are 100 pesos and available at the box office of the Teatro Santa Ana. Students and migrants are admitted free of charge. Each year, Ser Mujer has donated the proceeds to an organization helping women. This year, proceeds buy tools for women studying to become electricians and plumbers. For a complete description of all events and a month-long calendar in English and in Spanish, please visit our website at www.sermujersma.com.