For the past 20 years, the organizers that have spearheaded the evolution of LACEV (Latin American Coalition Against Violence) and then MUJER, have developed and implemented educational workshops, trainings and campaigns that deal with issues that affect Latinx communities.
MUJER has provided leadership trainings, engaged in community based research, created numerous educational tools such as manuals and PSAs, all aimed to develop awareness of the sexual violence that affects the Latin American community.
Based in Toronto*, with a partnership network that extends across the province, MUJER works from an inclusive, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and feminist framework.
*MUJER would like to acknowledge that the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and the Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The territory was subject to the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Today, Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.
An organization to promote the integral development of women, trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people of the Latin American & Caribbean diaspora.
As women, trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people of Abya Yala*, also known as Latin America and the Caribbean, we recognize that the majority of Latinx** communities suffer exploitation, discrimination and marginalization in a society that grants power and privilege to white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy. We also recognize that, despite the unification of Latinx communities, there are social, cultural and economic inequalities that may allocate certain privileges to some communities and not to others.
MUJER strives to create decolonial, anti-oppressive, and empowering community spaces that explicitly prioritize LGBTTIQQ2SA+, Non-Binary, Gender Non-Conforming, Agender, Mad, Crip, and Sick and Disabled voices. Our practice centers the decolonization of Latinx** communities in solidarity with the liberation of Black and Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island.
* Abya Yala is a term used by the Kuna peoples of Panama for the territory commonly referred to as Latin America, which is comprehensive of Mexico, Central and South America, as well as parts of the Caribbean. We use the term Abya Yala to position our organization in a culturally-appropriate, equity-focused framework for understanding and addressing the diverse experiences of people identifying with the Latin American diaspora.
** Latinx is a term comprehensive of, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, Afrodescendant, Afrolatinx, Asian Latinx, Muslim Latinx, and other mixed and/or diasporic peoples with roots to Abya Yala, also known as Latin America and the Caribbean.
Our Work & Strengths
From its inception, MUJER has developed and delivered prevention/educational programs, and has provided formal and informal services on violence against women and children. They address the safety and well-being primarily of Spanish-speaking women and children living in Ontario (with a focus on Toronto & the GTA).
Our strengths have become apparent because of our incessant work at different levels, and with a diversity of groups, including:
- Women and families victims of violence and abuse;
- Youth Latinas (12 and up);
- Front-line workers and service providers in the social, housing, protection, legal and health areas;
- Researchers and academics interested in issues affecting our community;
- Government representatives, funders and sponsor organizations;
- Other ethno-specific, and gender specific organizations and community based agencies and networks;
- The Latin-American community and the community at large at the local, provincial and international levels.
Thus, our work has been critical in:
- Providing prevention and education workshops, seminars, training and public education to more than 2,500 Latin American and Caribbean women and men;
- Developing and delivering bilingual public education campaigns through the media (radio, TV and ethno-specific community newspapers), educational sessions, forums, conferences, public speeches and presentations;
- Developing an analysis of the impact of violence on Latin American women’s lives and their children, from a cultural, feminist and anti-oppression perspective, not only for the Spanish speaking community, but for English-speaking public at large;
- Training more than 620 front-line workers on the issues faced by Latin-American women and families victims of violence who are now living in Canada and the direct links to the health and well-being not only of women and children themselves, but of the community at large;
- Developing new strategies for the delivery of quality culturally appropriate and effective services, including educational programs, focus groups, support services (over the telephone), referrals and advocacy and escort for abused women and children, and those at-risk;
- Creating new knowledge through research and information/education tools to enhance peoples’ understanding of the current issues faced by Latin American women and their families, from the global perspective. This includes bilingual audio-visual and print materials as resources for educational purposes;
- Providing a support network for front-line workers, social workers, therapists, legal/health workers, volunteers, activists and advocates on issues of violence/trauma and abuse in the Latin American community;
- Establishing successful partnerships and collaborations with an increasing number of organizations, cross-sectorial agencies and networks within and outside the Spanish speaking community and at the local, national and international levels.