They fight to get equal rights for women, national or sexual minorities so that everyone could get equally comfortable conditions for living. Basing on personal experience, these witnesses of human rights impairment contribute their mite in making our world a better place. Their initiatives have already won a huge response from both local and international authority. These seven Latin feminists are here to give a lesson on social activism.

 

Juliana Pache

Afro-Cuban/Dominican singer and writer in her interview confesses that even in her early age she always paid attention to controversial social issues and never hesitated to ask awkward questions. When learning about the world around, she never could guess why she had often been called as “black girl” and why her parents never explained what this actually meant. Thereby becoming who she is now was a little bit of surprise and a stressful factor for her family.

Her relationships with feminism she describes as an attempt to defend herself, her identity in particular.  Her goal was to explain the world what actually means to be black and Latina woman since this issue has never been among the most discussed topics.

Juliana is also much concrete about giving names, especially when it comes to describing her own activism: “Being black, Latina, and a woman in the United States, I gravitate less toward the ID of ‘feminist’ and I gravitate completely toward ‘womanist.’ To me, being a black Latina womanist means I am navigating through this world through a web of intersections and I am proud of everything that I am. I am proud of who I am.”

 

Patricia Valoy

Engineer, project manager, feminist writer and STEM advocate Patricia Valoy professionally focuses on construction management and structural engineering. She writes and speaks a lot on various issues connected to women in any male-dominated fields, especially when it comes to women of colour and underrepresented minority groups.

Patricia works a lot on attracting women to STEM jobs by creating comfortable working conditions and preventing acts of discrimination by gender or any other factors. Along to women defending activity, she also does concentrate on narratives affecting the Latin communities in terms of racism, immigration and mutual interaction of cultures. Her activity is also concerned about inspiring women to concern any activities in male-dominated fields.

 

Nicole Castillo

This woman is a founder of BeVisible, a social media platform for Latino Millenials. She is also interviewing Latina politicians in order to share their motivating stories with the audience for raising a new powerful generation of leaders and activists. Her articles were published in different media resources such as The Huffington Post, Boston Latino Magazine, Latinas Represent etc. and her ideas about politics and feminism were shared on several interviews to NPR and Vivala.  Mitu, Latina oriented media channel named Castillo as one of 5  Latinos using social media for bringing the community beneficial social changes.

Nicole Castillo also has a long experience of working in the movement against domestic and social violence. She is motivated to cultivate gender equality and thereby conditions for women of colour leadership in any area and structure. She serves as the director for Foundation against sexual and domestic violence and got a scholarship of Edie Winsdor Lesbians Who Tech Coding in 2016.

 

Angy Rivera

Angy Rivera is a Colombian-American young woman living in Bronx. When she was a kid she left Colombia fo the USA with her mother, in spite of escaping violence. She has been living there without any documents for 20 years and by own experience knows about the difficulties of such life as well as the genuine face of violence (in early childhood she was sexually abused by her step-father).

Rivera began to speak up about her status in the US through the New York State Youth Leadership Council and came out from the darkness. She decided to speak frankly about issues making her life more difficult and change the current situation for the best. Consequently, the focus of her activity is now placed on giving support to those who struggle for life as she did herself before.

“I saw the way folks made fun of us for not speaking English. I saw we struggled to make ends meet. Living in fear as immigrant people. Fighting for our lives and safety as survivors of violence. That power and resiliency is what I was raised in and what being a Latina feminist means to me.”

 

Favianna Rodriguez

This woman is an internationally known artist and community activist. Her works of art feature aspects like immigration, globalization, gender equality and environmental justice. What is more, Rodriguez gives lectures at schools, colleges and other various platforms with the main idea of setting a new philosophical system of narratives, encouraging people to empower vulnerable social groups.

“A cultural strategy is different from a political strategy because we are speaking to the heart space and challenging the unconscious bias that caused people to vote in this very hateful way and created the environment for what we are witnessing now,” Rodriguez said. “Donald Trump was a very good storyteller about the world he wanted to see and appealed to people’s emotions. We need to do the same.”

As a student, Rodriguez has always had her own opinion on aspects happening at her university. To show her protests she often chose hunger strikes or organising movements to support an issue or a particular minority. Along to art and community organising, Favianna has also educated others by being their mentor and organized a foundation providing performance and studio space for artists.

 

Dior Vargas

Dior Vargas calls herself a Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist. The subject of her tense work is creating projects which will let people feel the support from others and know that they are not alone.

This woman lives with depression and anxiety. Moreover, she is a suicide attempt survivor. Feeling oppressed by it she decided to focus her professional interest on providing support for people with mental illnesses. By that she launched a project, where asked people of colour, dealing with any kind of mental disorder, send their self-portraits with their diagnosis on a piece of paper. She collected photos and stories and put them all on her website. Some of the participants were even interviewed in order to supply with more detailed information.The goal of this initiative is to unburden people of shame and securicy of their illnesses and also help change the way these people are represented in our culture.

 

Ana Tijoux

Latest album of a popular Chilean hip-hop singer Ana Tijoux has a song called Antipatriarca. In an interview, Tijoux explains that the inspiration for the song were the works of Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, while the background idea was to question where were the strong women in this male-dominated world. She reckons revolutionary hip-hop to be an effective means to combat neoliberalism’s subversion and commoditization of women.

Her art also illustrates the point of view, under which women empowerment is inseparable from anti-capitalism. “We cannot think of a feminism without anti-capitalism, anti-racism, anti-fascism and without class struggle,” Tijoux said in a recent interview with Resumen.

 

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