Save the Date! Better Yet, Save the Whole Month of March
By Trish Snyder
March 8 is International Women’s Day around the world and the month of March is Women’s History month. We’re celebrating it in San Miguel de Allende with a series of films, talks, panel discussions, a presentation of the Vagina Monologues in Spanish, and a trip to the campo to visit a women’s cooperative. Ser Mujer, celebrating the struggles and success of women around the world, is the theme for March 2015.Organized, presented, and planned by Mexican, Canadian, and American women, the group is working under the umbrella of the Center for Global Justice. Each week in March will address a particular focus.
Week 1 “Hidden History” will highlight the hidden stories of women and include a video of Eve Ensler retelling the story of Adam and Eve; a film about Las Defensoras breaking the silence of violence against women in Honduras; a panel discussion; and the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell about how sisterhood, prayer, and protest changed a nation.
Week 2 “Mexico” looks at contemporary issues of Mexican women and includes a presentation by Las Libres, the women’s advocacy group in Guanajuato; a panel discussion on Cultural Identity moderated by anthropologist Ilithya Guevara; and the film Blossoms of Fire about the Tehuana women of southern Oaxaca whose matriarchal culture fosters equality and tolerance of alternative gender roles.
Week 3 “Mother Earth” is focused on the environment and how we protect the planet. Two Bioneers films will be screened; a panel will discuss the rights of nature and how to live sustainably; the iconic film Silent Spring will be shown and discussed; a trip to the campo to meet with women working cooperatively is set; and the women of The Improve People will liven things up.
Week 4 “Gender, Politics and Culture” features Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Project for the Center for International Policy based in Mexico City. Her talk is entitled “Women Moving Beyond Capitalism, a New World Is Necessary.” The award winning film Iron Jawed Angels, about women winning the right to vote in the US, and Girl Rising, about the power of education to change the world, will be aired.
Be sure to join us. For more information, go to www.globaljusticecenter.org.