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Reflexión y Acción Feminista somos una colectiva horizontal de 11 personas en Mérida, Yucatán que queremos llegar mujeres y personas LGBTQI para compartir alternativas de empoderamiento y liberación a las que podemos tener acceso para cambiar nuestras realidades. La colectiva inició en 2014 cuando estudiantes necesitaron un espacio feminista dentro de la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, pero cambió de enfoque en 2015 para situarse en el contexto urbano, al mismo tiempo que dio la bienvenida a nuevas personas con perfiles más variados. Abordamos diversas problemáticas que afectan a las mujeres y personas LGBTQI como son violencia de género, acoso callejero, discriminación y movilidad y género, organizando talleres, eventos mediáticos e intervenciones callejeras y artísticas. Nuestros proyectos más exitosos han sido el establecimiento de un taller periódico de defensa personal al que atienden alrededor de 100 mujeres y performances e instalaciones artísticas en espacios públicos para informar a la sociedad sobre la violencia de género y los feminicidios que resultan de la misma en nuestro contexto. 

Reflexión y Acción Feminista (Feminist Reflection and Action) is a horizontal collective of 11 members organizing in Merida, Mexico to reach out to women and LGBTQI people about the empowerment and liberation alternatives we have to change our realities. The group started in 2014 with students trying to open a feminist space within the Yucatan State University but it shifted focus in 2015 to a broader urban context as it welcomed more and diverse members. The group tackles a variety of issues affecting women and LGBTQI people in our context such as gender violence, street harassment, discrimination, and gender and mobility by organizing workshops and media, art and academic projects. Their main actions have been the setting of a periodic self-defense class with the attendance of around 100 women so far and periodic art performances and installations to inform the general population about how gender violence results in hate crimes against women (femicides) in their area.

 

3A nossa rede “Pelas  Mulheres Indígenas” surgiu em 2014 com o objetivo de reunir forças e sonhos das mulheres indígenas para lutarmos pelos nossos direitos e para conscientizar o mundo sobre nosso potencial. Atuamos em nossas comunidades organizando grupos de mulheres, cineclubes, conversas para dialogar sobre os direitos das mulheres e lutar contra a violência. Também defendemos os interesses das mulheres indígenas em nosso website – www.mulheresindigenas.org – que já tem mais de 500 mil visualizações. Nosso livro “Pelas Mulheres Indígenas”, escrito, fotografado e desenhado inteiramente por mulheres indígenas, se tornou uma referência sobre a vida das mulheres indígenas no Brasil. Atualmente estamos presentes em oito comunidades indígenas do Nordeste brasileiro, mas queremos expandir com a participação de mais mulheres que queiram atuar no fortalecimento das mulheres indígenas.

Created in 2014, “By Indigenous Women” is a network with the goal to gather strength and dreams of indigenous women to fight for our rights and to create awareness about our potential. The group acts in their community organizing women’s groups, film clubs and conversations to talk about women’s rights and to fight against violence. They also defend the interests of indigenous women in internet through our website – www.mulheresindigenas.org – which already has more than 500,000 pageviews. Their book By Indigenous Women, written, photographed and drawn entirely by indigenous women, became a reference on the lives of indigenous women in Brazil. The group is currently present in eight indigenous communities of northeastern Brazil, but wants to expand with the participation of more women who want to work on strengthening indigenous women.

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 4.55.49 pmMinas Programam, São Paulo, Brazil: El grupo fue fundado en 2015 y el proyecto tiene como objetivo empoderar a las mujeres a través de la tecnología, con la promoción de una capacitación básica en programación, que también incluye las discusiones del feminismo, seguridad digital y activismo. La actividad principal del grupo hasta el momento ha sido la organización y realización de curso de programación para las mujeres, que incluye seis módulos. Además del intercambio de conocimientos técnicos de la programación, el curso también propone debates sobre el actuación de mujeres en la tecnología, en línea activismo feminista y la división sexual del trabajo. Otra actividad a destacar es la realización de talleres de programación con diferentes públicos, siempre formados por chicas o mujeres. La finalización de la primera edición del programa del curso, con la participación de cerca de 25 mujeres, fue un hito importante para las Minas Programam. Las estudiantes que participaron en el curso fueron introducidas no sólo para el mundo de la programación, pero formaron una red de mujeres interesadas en la discusión de género y tecnología.

Minas Programam is based in São Paulo, Brazil and was founded in 2015 and the project aims to empower women through technology, with the promotion of a basic training program, which also includes discussions of feminism, digital security and activism. The main activity of the group so far has been the organization and implementation of programming course for women, which includes six modules. Besides the exchange of technical knowledge of programming, the course also proposed discussions on the performance of women in technology, online feminist activism and sexual division of labor. Another activity to highlight is the programming workshops with different audiences, always formed by girls or women. The completion of the first edition of the course program, with the participation of about 25 women, was an important milestone for Minas#Programam. The students who participated in the course were introduced not only to the world of programming, but formed a network of women interested in the discussion of gender and technology.


el salvadorGrupo De Jovenes Semillas De Libertad
 is a group based in San Bartolo Ilopanfo, El Salvador
 and is integrated by young women that are daughters of sexual workers and young women in the local government of San Bartolo. It was founded in 2013 as a result of the economy feminist school of mesoamericans in resistance laying the foundation for the daughters of sex workers arise awareness of the violations that them and other young women suffer because of the patriarchal system. Some of the group’s activities include capacity building and empowerment with young women about feminist economy, sexual and reproductive health and rights, recovery of ancestral cultural practice, mobilization actions with the feminist movement and coordination actions with Mesoamerican network of women in resistance for a dignified life. Its own visibility as a group and reaching out to more young women of the town is what they believe is their greatest achievement so far.

 

chileFormed between the end of 2012 and early 2013 in Iquique, ChileCentre for Feminist Action (CAF) was born as as a political action strategy and physical space of converging lesbian, feminist, trans people, and women who gathered to dismantle a system of oppression that influence our lives and existence. CAF emerged in feminist urgency to create a group of political affinity in the city they live in and which bases its struggle in strengthening feminist autonomy and create concrete solutions with a feminist, lesbian, radical and independent perspective that can allow us build freedom from a hetero-prevailing, racist, capitalist and colonial hegemony. The group organizes workshops, forums-debates, reading circles, action-protests, dissemination of information about safe abortion and lesbian sexual health, violence against women (self-defense and legal action) feminist propaganda and production of theoretical and practical  material. The group considers its networking with activists and grassroots women as its biggest achievement, who have now broadened their approach to the community with a feminist perspective since CAF was formed, and is also proud of raising the first Feminist Library in the city.

 

8Fundada en 2012, situado en la Ciudad de Guatemala, Las impertinentes fue creado a partir de un movimiento estudiantil. Somos un grupo de mujeres jóvenes que trabajan para crear espacios para la crítica y la denuncia en el discurso hegemónico dentro del movimiento de mujeres y los movimientos sociales. Nuestra visión es cambiar el paradigma establecido, la creación de espacios para las ideas nuevas y transgresoras. Nuestro objetivo es crear espacios para el debate y la reflexión entre las mujeres jóvenes, y para identificar y deconstruir las estructuras de poder que existen dentro de espacios de resistencia, tales como el movimiento de mujeres y otros movimientos sociales. Utilizamos las artes, como el teatro, la música, la poesía, performance, pintura y pintura corporal, para denunciar la violencia institucional y simbólica contra las mujeres individuales dentro y fuera de los movimientos sociales.

Founded in 2012, located in Guatemala City, Las Impertinentes was created out of a student movement. We are a group of young women working to create spaces for criticism and denouncement within the hegemonic discourse within the women’s movement and social movements. Our vision is to change the established paradigm, creating spaces for new and transgressive ideas. We aim to create spaces for discussion and reflection among young women, and to identify and deconstruct the power structures that exist within spaces of resistance, such as the women’s movement and other social movements. We use the arts, such as theater, music, poetry, performance, paint, and body paint, to denounce institutional and symbolic violence against individual women within and outside of social movements.

 

1Founded in Ecuador in 2008, Salud Mujeres provides free and timely information on how to safely terminate a pregnancy using medication (Misoprostol) to prevent unnecessary deaths of young women resulting from unsafe, clandestine abortions. By sharing strategic knowledge with other women, we ensure that they can exercise autonomous well-informed decisions. In collaboration with other women’s groups, we work to decentralize information on abortion and raise awareness about the need to decriminalize abortion. As part of our advocacy work, we are starting an “artistic traveling caravan,” a  project to provide information and raise awareness on safe abortion across Ecuador. Incorporating theatrical performances, movie screenings, and other forms of information dissemination, we aim to reach at least 500 young people in 5 cities across Ecuador.

 

3Guyana Trans United was founded in 2013 in recognition of the need for more trans-specific organizing in Guyana. Several founding members had been involved in other LGBT organizations and human rights work and were eager to engage greater numbers of their colleagues in such work, as well as to take on greater leadership roles within their own community. GTU’s main goals are to improve the quality of life of trans Guyanese and to ensure that their rights are recognized and upheld in all domains. GTU hosts monthly support group sessions for members, their families, and other loved ones, and conducts outreach to communities.

 

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 4.05.00 pmSistah2Sistah began as  an initiative of online feminist/gender/LGBTQI forum, WOMANTRA, and has grown into its own entity over time in Trinidad and Tobago. Primarily, it is a mentorship program for girls between the ages of 11-12 who are preparing to transition into secondary school.  They aspire to mitigate the largely unquestioned & rigid hierarchies cultivated for young women and girls in our society. Grounded in feminist principles, Sistah2Sistah exposes mentees (lil’ sistahs) to a range of topics outside the purview of the school curriculum but critical to a girl’s development.The aim of the program is to expose girls to alternative narratives around things that they are bound to encounter in their lives as young women, such as bodily autonomy and their right to it, the beauty of menstruation versus shame, female solidarity versus competition, the barriers of female access to education, personal vs public perception, self -awareness exercises, discussions around gender expectations etc. The group hopes this endeavour will encourage solution based discourse and raise consciousness about patriarchy, sexism and gender-based violence.

 

2Founded in 2011, Grupo de Mujeres Xitlali is a group of young women working to promote the human rights of indigenous young people in Masaya, Nicaragua. Our group contributes to the integral development of young women through education with a feminist perspective that encourages indigenous or rural young women to participate in their communities. We work to provide advocacy knowledge to young and rural people from eight communities in Masaya department, Nicaragua.