“¡Hasta Aqui No Mas! / Draw the Line” (April 2014)
The “Hasta Aqui No Mas / Draw the Line project” worked with the Latin-American community to analyze how stereotypical portrayals of what it means to be a woman or a man can lead to violence, harassment, stalking, sexual assault and rape as part of the gender inequity in our society perpetuated by patriarchal and cultural norms. The goal of the campaign was to increase knowledge about sexual violence and encourage community members to be actively committed to preventing and challenging sexual violence. MUJER produced a set of public service announcements (PSAs) to promote the initiative, which feature Latin-American men and women confronting sexual violence. The PSAs were created to generate conversations about sexual violence against women, strategies for prevention and to promote attitudes and behaviours that empower men and boys to play an active role in ending sexual violence and to support.
“YOUR VOICE COUNTS / TU VOZ CUENTA” (November 2011)
A three part series media campaign to to bring attention to issues that Latina youth face, whilst empowering and educating these young women. With the help of numerous volunteers, media professionals and Latina youth, we created a series of public service announcements entitled “Tu Voz Cuenta / Your Voice Counts,” where we focused in on themes of Healthy Relationships, Body Image and Sexual Choices. After consulting with youth from the community we decided to film the videos in ‘Spanglish’ as this is how the youth felt the videos would best represent them. We received incredible feedback from the local, national and international community and we were invited to present the videos at the Canadian Women’s Foundation “National Skills Institute” conference in February of 2012.
“COMING TO DANCE, STRIVING TO SURVIVE: A STUDY ON LATIN AMERICAN MIGRANT EXOTIC DANCERS” (July 2002)
(ExoticDancers PDF document)
The movement of Latin American women to Canada to work in the sex trade industry, and particularly in exotic dancing is common nevertheless, little is known of their experience, their oppressions as women, as Latinas, as women of colour, as temporary workers and sex workers. The position of temporary workers plus the criminalisation and stigmatisation of the sex industry leave the women exposed to abuse. Women’s human and civil rights are violated and little has been done to redress this situation. This study intends to understand the day-to-day life of Latina migrant exotic dancers. It sheds light on how women’s immigration status affects the conditions under which they work and live, as well as their relationship with their employers, and, their emotional well being.
“NO (WO)MAN’S LAND RESEARCH PROJECT” (May 2000)
(NoWomansLand PDF document)
No (wo)man’s land is the state in which some women find themselves when they have no legal status in Canada and are at the same time living with violence. This research study documents the experiences of Latin American women who come to Canada sponsored, or expecting to be sponsored, by their male partners. It sheds light on how a woman’s immigration status affects her relationship with her partner, as well as the link between the sponsorship process and violence.