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Ser Mujer Gears Up for a Jam-Packed March

By Trish Snyder

Ser Mujer is a San Miguel de Allende-based group of Mexican, American, and Canadian women of all ages working in partnership with community-based organizations. The goal of Ser Mujer is to honor the struggles and successes of women around the world with a series of films, talks, panel discussions, poetry readings, and activities throughout San Miguel de Allende.

As part of the month-long activities, “Take Back the Night” is offered to the community with the mission of ending sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. The event includes a peaceful march, a security fair, information tables, videos, and a self-defense demonstration. It will be held on March 8, International Women’s Day.

Programs will be presented throughout March and include a talk by Laura Carlsen on “The Disappeared.” More than 28,000 people have gone missing during Mexico’s drug wars. What happened; where are they; who is responsible? Ms. Carlsen, director of the Americas Project of the Center for International Policy, will help us understand. She will be joined by Araceli Rodriguez, whose son has been missing since 2009. Their talk will be preceded by the film Ausencias by Honduran filmmaker Tatiana Hueso.

Other programs include a presentation on “Women and Water” on Water Day with Jennifer Ungemach, Casilda Barajas, and women from the region who will share the realities of how lack of water and water contamination affects our community as well as their passion for building community through water access and quality.

San Francisco-based filmmaker and founder of the Literacy project, Catherine Murphy will introduce her film Maestra about how illiteracy was eliminated in Cuba by a massive effort of 250,000 volunteers. She will be joined by Aylin Wong from the Cultural Office of the Cuban embassy in Mexico City to discuss the life of the women in Cuba today.

The month of 17 programs wraps up with Women Risk Takers from around the world and San Miguel. Anne Medlock, founder of the Giraffe Project, will be joined by Chelo Agundis of Chelo’s pharmacy, midwife Alison Bastien, and community activist Angelica Juarez Rios.

“We want to be inclusive,” says one of the organizers, Ilithya Guevera, “That’s why most of our programs are bilingual and very affordable. The price for tickets ranges from free to a maximum of 80 pesos—and we donate our proceeds to benefit victims and survivors of domestic violence in the state of Guanajuato.”

For more information, go to the bilingual website at or call 415 121 0612.


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