Ser Mujer

WHAT IS SER MUJER


Women Changing the World Together.

March is International Women’s History Month and is declared as 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/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, El 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.

MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS, PARTNERS, & DONORS

2016 SPEAKERS

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.

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.

Indira Cato

Indira Cato is a writer and filmmaker based in Mexico City. She and one of las Patronas from Cordoba will speak after the film Llevate Mis Amores.

Catherine Murphy

Catherine Murphy is a U.S. filmmaker, activist and educator, best known for her documentary film MAESTRA about the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign. Her work principally focuses on social justice and literacy in the Americas. Catherine founded The Literacy Project in 2004 and Tres Musas Producciones in 2009.

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.

FILMS

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.

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.

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.

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.

WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

TEDX TALK BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

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

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.

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.

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.