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State of Feminism in Guanajuato to Be Discussed at This Sunday’s UU Service

Berenice Reyes Cruz Atencion

By Jon Sievert

University of Guanajuato and University Iberoamericana Professor Berenice Reyes Cruz will speak this Sunday on the status of feminism in Guanajuato, one of the most conservative states in Mexico, at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

Reyes Cruz has been a volunteer with Las Libres since 2001. This nonprofit organization, comprised completely of volunteers, has been recognized internationally for its relentless efforts to free seven women who were unjustly incarcerated in Guanajuato for suspected abortions. For its efforts, the organization received the International Human Rights award. Two feature documentary films have been produced about its untiring efforts. The organization continues to train lawyers to defend women, to provide access to legal and safe abortions, to eliminate violence against women, and to document and raise their voices against the murder of women throughout the state of Guanajuato.

Reyes Cruz holds a BA in Communication Sciences from La Salle Bajío University, an MA in Interdisciplinary Historical Studies from the University of Guanajuato, and a master’s degree in Political Action, Institutional Strengthening, and Citizen Participation in the Rule of Law from Rey Juan Carlos University. Her professional experience includes areas of social communication in institutions such as the State Attorney’s Office for Human Rights, the State Congress of Guanajuato, the Instituto Nacional de Desarollo Social (National Institute of Social Development), the Centro para los Adoloscentes de San Miguel de Allende, AC (Center for Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende), and the University of Guanajuato at Leon.

She has also been trained in feminism and gender perspective by the Complutense University of Madrid, El Colegio de México, Universidad Iberoamericana León, and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) Mexico. In 2016, she served as an Electoral Observer for the Organization of American States (OAS) in the electoral process of Haiti.

In 2016 she won the León Literature Award 2015 in the category of Historical Essay with The Construction of the Movimiento Amplio de Mujeres in Guanajuato (1960–1995). She is currently a student in the PhD Program in Juridical, Political, and Government Studies at the University of Guanajuato. Her research addresses the impact of the feminist movement on media discourses in Guanajuato.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


UU Service

“Feminism in Guanajuato”

By Berenice Reyes Cruz

Sun, Mar 4, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15




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