WHAT IS SER MUJER?


Women Changing the World Together.

March is International Women’s History Month and is declared as a month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

 

Ser Mujer’s goal is to promote the commonality of women’s issues across cultures, to raise awareness of their challenges, and to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions.

 

Ser Mujer honoring the struggles and successes of women around the world with a series of films, talks, panel discussions and activities throughout San Miguel de Allende. Organized, presented and planned by Mexican, American and Canadian women, Ser Mujer is partnering with the Instituto para las Mujeres Guanajuatenses, UNAMEl Sindicato, La Biblioteca, and Bellas Artes.

 

As part of the month long activities, Take Back the Night will be offered to the community with the mission of ending sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. Hundreds of events are held in over 30 countries annually. This is the first time in San Miguel. The event will include a march, a speak out with survivors and a security fair open to the entire community.

TICKETS

It is important to us that all community members are able to attend these programs. Tickets for all programs at the Biblioteca and El Sindicato are available one week before the event and have a strongly suggested donation of $75p unless otherwise noted and no one is turned away . All events at UNAM and Take Back the Night are free.

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Support a Local Business, Raise Awareness, and Provide Support for survivors of sexual and domestic violence in San Miguel de Allende

March is International Women’s History Month and during this month Ser Mujer is hoping to shed light on the efforts of people and organizations trying to bring an end to sexual and domestic violence. These issues are represented by teal, sexual violence, and purple, domestic violence. One of Ser Mujer’s partners, Estudio Calavera, is offering their support by giving us a percentage of the proceeds from anyone who has their hair dyed with either of these awareness colors during the month of March. Whether you want to show your support by adding a shock of teal, going completely purple or getting an extension of either color added to your hair we will receive a donation that will be put toward bringing a trainer to San Miguel de Allende from Casa Mandarina. Casa Mandarina is a world health organization based in Mexico City that does trainings for counselors and other individuals that work with survivors of sexual violence. One of their goals is to reduce the shame and victim blaming that is often associated with sexual assault.

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Together we can make a difference in our community.

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2016 SPEAKERS

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Ann Lutterman-Aguilar

Ann Lutterman-Aguilar is the Mexico site director for the Center for Global Education and Research for Augsburg College.  She received her doctorate in International Feminist Theologies from the San Francisco Theological Seminary (UC-Berkeley) and earned her M.Div. with a focus on Liberation Theologies from Yale Divinity School. She has worked with a wide range of non-profits advocating peace, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and human rights in general.

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Dra. Claudia Chibici-Revneanu

Claudia Chibici-Revneanu (Graz, Austria 1978) is lecturer of Intercultural Management and Development at the Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores (ENES), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), León, in Mexico. She holds a BA in English and Italian Literature, an MA in Creative and Media Enterprises, a PhD in Cultural Policy Studies, all three from the University of Warwick, UK. She is a member of the National Researchers System (SNI, a Mexican research program) and has published literary and academic articles in national and international magazines and journals. Her main research interest is gender and music, with special focus on female creators in literature and music. She combines her academic activities with artistic creation and cultural promotion. As a mezzo-soprano, she has presented conference-concerts about women composers in various universities and cultural centers in Mexico.

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Indira Cato

Indira Cato and one of las Patrona will speak on their work and the film All of Me.

Indira Cato and one of las Patrona will speak on An intimate insight into the Patronas, a group of Mexican women who, every day since 1995, make food and toss it -still warm- to the migrants who travel atop the freight train The Beast as it makes it way to the U.S. This documentary is a personal diary that draws a border between the life they were given, and the life they chose. A brave and remarkable example of love and solidarity that contrasts with the violence of one of the cruelest stretches in the world for undocumented travelers.

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Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros is the author of several books including The House on Mango Street, Caramelo, Loose Woman, Have You Seen Marie?, and most recently, A House of My Own. She is the founder of two organizations that serve writers, the Macondo Foundation and the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation.

Sandra is also the founder of the Latino MacArthur Fellows (Los MacArturos).

She has been honored with numerous awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Texas Medal of the Arts.

Sandra has been writing for more than 45 years, publishing for more than 40, and earning her living by her pen for more than 20 years. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and published internationally.

www.sandracisneros.com

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Mila Villasana

Mila Villasana is an illustrator currently residing in San Miguel de Allende. Born in Cuernavaca, Morelos and spent her early years in Taxco, GRO. At nine years old she migrated to the United States with her mother where they were reunited with her father, who had migrated the previous year. Mila and her family lived as undocumented immigrants in Burlington, Vermont for 11 years. Given her migratory status, she was unable to pursue a post secondary education and thus returned to her native country.

She currently works for a non-profit organization, Audubon de Mexico, where she organizes events and workshops that inspire environmental consciousness and works with children from local schools connect to nature through art. She is also a content provider for Empty Kingdom, an online magazine and art collective that focuses on visual art with intent to change the world.

Mila hopes to continue her education in art and to someday work as an animator. Through animation she hopes to create visual pieces with messages about issues that have influenced her life such as immigration, women’s rights, permaculture, and animal rights.

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Varial Cedric Houin

Barefoot College, an international foundation, empowers women from all over the world to become solar engineers and bring solar electricity back to their villages. They sent award-winning French and Canadian photographer and filmmaker Varial (Cedric Houin) to document the life of 15 indigenous women from Latin America during this process: preparing to leave for this incredible journey: a 6-month training period in India; returning to their communities and electrifying more than 100 homes. He has returned to create a 350-page photo essay, revealing these unforgettable stories and indelible images. Having also returned from this life-changing experience, Varial explains, in his own words, the importance of sharing these stores with the world…

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FILMS

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BLESSED FRUIT OF THE WOMB

A FILM BY CHARLENE MUSIC

Undeterred by Guatemala’s powerful religious organizations, conservative politicians, and a male-dominated culture that leaves women without a voice, Evelyn and Ester courageously travel the countryside on a journey to provide women with family planning education and access to contraceptive methods. Blessed Fruit of the Womb is their story-a story about the fight for reproductive rights and freedom in a country gripped by staggering poverty, the highest fertility rate in Latin America, and one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition in the world.

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TAKING ROOT

A FILM BY LISA MERTON & ALEN DATER

Planting trees for fuel, shade, and food is not something that anyone would imagine as the first step toward winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet with that simple act Wangari Maathai, a woman born in rural Kenya, started down the path that reclaimed her country’s land from 100 years of deforestation, provided new sources of food and income to rural communities, gave previously impoverished and powerless women a vital political role in their country, and ultimately helped to bring down Kenya’s twenty-four-year dictatorship.

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LLÉVATE MIS AMORES

A FILM BY ARTURO GONZÁLEZ VILLASEÑOR

An intimate insight into the Patronas, a group of Mexican women who, every day since 1995, make food and toss it -still warm- to the migrants who travel atop the freight train The Beast as it makes it way to the U.S. This documentary is a personal diary that draws a border between the life they were given, and the life they chose. A brave and remarkable example of love and solidarity that contrasts with the violence of one of the cruelest stretches in the world for undocumented travelers.

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TALES OF PASSION

TEDX TALK BY ISABEL ALLENDE

Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism — and, of course, passion — in this talk.

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MAESTRA

A FILM BY CATHERINE MURPHY

Cuba, 1961: 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old. Over half were women. Narrated by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, MAESTRA (Spanish for teacher) explores the experiences of nine of the women who, as young girls, helped eradicate Cuban illiteracy within one year.

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SOLAR MAMAS

A FILM BY JEHANE NOUJAIM AND MONA ELDAIEF

The Barefoot College in India trains impoverished women from around the world to become solar engineers. Solar Mamas tells the story of Rafea, a Jordanian Bedouin mother who is given the opportunity to study there and become a solar engineer, capable of bringing power to the remotest places. She attends the college’s programme, which brings together 27 women from all over the world.

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NO LE DIGAS A NADIE

A FILM BY MIKAELA SHWER

Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Now 24 and facing an uncertain future, Rivera becomes an activist for undocumented youth with a popular advice blog and a YouTube channel boasting more than 27,000 views. This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POVwww.pbs.org/pov.

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WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

TEDX TALK BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

TED talk by Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer.

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March 1

Women in music

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
UNAM
Mesones 71

This conference-concert celebrates an aspect of classical music that is still not as well-known as it would deserve; the important role of women composers throughout its long and complex history. It contains a general introduction to “hidden” female composers across the centuries, focusing on different, international creators of music (such as Hildegard von Bingen, Francesca Caccini, Fanny Mendelssohn and Ángela Peralta), all the way to the significant part played by contemporary Mexican women composers. The speaker not only shares her passion for the topic through words, but also singing some crucial works from this vast and varied heritage of female musical creation.

March 7

Security Fair & Take Back the Night

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Casa de la Cultura
Mesones 71

This evening’s event is all about on safety in our community. Our goal is to focus on the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. Organizations offering resources for survivors will be tabling. The evening will begin with live self defence demonstrations and theatre and end with a Take Back the Night march. We will hear empowered community members share their experiences and shed light on these hushed subjects. We invite you to take part and share your story after the march or simply come to support those around you and make the resistance to violence against women stronger than ever in San Miguel.

To find out more about the event please contact us below.

March 8

Film “Blessed Fruit of the Womb” & Ann Lutterman-Aguilar

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
La Biblioteca Pública
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Film “Blessed Fruit of the Womb” & Ann Lutterman-Aguilar

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Ni Una Mas

4:00 – 5:00pm
Bellas Artes
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In Ciudad Juárez, a major Mexican city just across the bridge from El Paso, Texas, maquiladora workers from young teens to women in their late twenties have been brutally murdered by the hundreds since 1993, and thousands more have disappeared. All women, their tortured bodies are found discarded in the desert, and many cannot be identified. The crimes have never been solved, and they continue today, though in much lesser numbers. When mothers there are notified of their slain daughters, their cry “ni una más” (not one more!) fills the streets in yet another protest, while pink crosses fill memorial parks, and are painted on telephone poles in silent protest.

 

“Ni Una Más” is protest, memorial and art intervention, happening March 8 in the courtyard at El Nigromante Bellas Artes in conjunction with “Hilos,” an exhibition by Lena Bartula in the Sala Principal. This small shrine is dedicated to the women of Ciudad Juárez, and all victims of femicide around the world, from India to the Middle East, Africa to Asia. To commemorate International Womens’ Day, visitors are invited to bring flowers, candles, photocopies of women whose lives have been cut short by violence, any time between 10 am to 6 pm. We remember this day as a call to justice, with hope for a new consciousness regarding violence against women.

 

The shrine will be left in the courtyard until Sunday, March 12, for visitors to participate during the week.

March 9

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No seré Feliz Pero tengo Marido

2 funciones 7:00 y 9:00
Teatro Angela Peralta
Mesones #82

Monológo Bibi, la protagonista habla de sus dudas, expectativas, sentimientos y toda la gama de emociones vividas en sus casi 30 años de matrimonio.

 

Sylvia Pasquel Es quien interpreta a Bibi realizando una excelente caracterización gracias a su trayectoria profesional y talento artístico que la han convertido en una de las mejores actrices de nuestro país.

 

El costo de los boletos son: $300.00, $200.00 y $100.00

A beneficio del Instituto Municipal para las Mujeres

March 16

Local Women Entrepreneurs Panel

11am – 12:30pm
La Biblioteca
Insurgentes #25

For this event, local women from four entrepreneurial ventures will talk about their work and how they are helping other women in their community. From Las Rancheritas, Charlotte Bell (Consultant) and Suzanna Martínez (Member) will discuss The Rug Hook Project; a co-op initiative that sells home-made art rugs. Hilaria Ramírez from Mujeres Productores de Montecillo, will discuss the all-women co-operative she founded, which sells natural, organic products. Patricia Zermeño Williams will talk about the plumbing company she started called ‘Better Call Patty.’ From the Lavender Project and Adelante Juntos por La Colorada, Sophia Trapp (Consultant) and Araceli Granada Rojas (Executive Director of ADC) will speak about their rural farming enterprise. All presentations are in English and Spanish.

March 23

Film: Maestra and talk with director Catherine Murphy

11am – 1pm
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Film: Maestra and talk with director Catherine Murphy

8pm – 10pm
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Filmmaker Catherine Murphy, based in San Francisco, will join us for the broadcast of her film Maestra on Wednesday, March 23 at 11 AM in the Teatro Santa Ana and at 8 PM at El Sindicato.

“My reason for making MAESTRA was to share the inspiring story of these women, to show the enormous power of involving young women and girls in projects for social change, and to explore all that we can do in the world–to expand our notion of what’s possible.”

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TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

Monday, March 7, 2016 • Casa de la Cultura

No one should fear the night…or the day. The sad reality is that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men worldwide experience some form of sexual violence. Less than 50% of victims report these crimes.

 

As part of Women’s History Month, Ser Mujer has organized San Miguel’s first ever Take Back the Night on Monday, March 7 at Casa de la Cultura, Mesones 71. We’ll gather at 5:00 PM for a Security Fair where participants can learn self-defense techniques and personal security, hear from counselors and City officials and listen to brief personal stories of survivors. There will be tables for poster making and everyone is invited to participate in the making of an anti-violence quilt that will be displayed in the Zocalo in Mexico City in May 2017.

 

At 7 PM, we’ll march together in a peaceful procession in Centro before returning to the Casa de la Cultura where women will be invited to participate in a Speakout and hear the music of Yoremen Jacobi.

 

Working in conjunction with the Institute of Women, the City of San Miguel, San Miguelenses Unidos and Casa Mandarina, Ser Mujer seeks to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.

Posters from Take Back The Night

After listening and learning about Ser Mujer, a group of students and their English teacher Jessica Viviana Toledo Aranda, from Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus State of Mexico, volunteered to develop a set of bilingual posters discussing some of the women issues as well as perceptions about women nowadays. Ser Mujer thanks them for their contribution and congratulates them for the great job.

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