Sisterhood Across Borders: The Participatory Grant Making of VidaAfrolatina
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Women of African descent have been victims of sexual violence in the Americas, disproportionately, since the transatlantic slave trade began 500 years ago. Throughout the past five centuries, they have also asserted skill, wisdom and bravery as organizers, human rights defenders and agents of change. This is still the reality of Black women in Latin America. Intractable racial inequity leaves them with little to no resources for their transformative work. VidaAfrolatina Founder Lori Robinson will discuss her emerging international women's fund created to mobilize resources for organizations led by Afro-descendant women addressing sexual violence.
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The talk will also feature the founders of AfroPoderosas, Hashanna Simmons, an Afro-Costa Rican engineering student, and Mijane Jiménez, an Afro-Mexican activist, who received a grant from VidaAfrolatina for the project “Empoderando mi cuerpo Afrodescendiente” (Empowering My Afro-descendant Body). AfroPoderosas will educate Afro-descendant young women about sexual violence risk reduction and prevention, and will conduct community workshops with women ages 16 to 30 who live in rural communities in Costa Rica and Mexico.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies; Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program; and Office of Multicultural Student Engagement. RSVP for Zoom link.