The Impact of Sexual Violence and COVID-19 on Black Women in Latin America
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Join us for a virtual event to learn from the experiences of three Afrodescendant women in Latin America during a triple pandemic of racism, sexual violence, and COVID-19.
- Studies and numbers on sexual violence against black women are rare, but a few confirm that black women are already at a high risk of gender based violence due to the pre-existing conditions of racial and gender inequality in Latin America.
- Sexual & Domestic Violence against women in general has increased dramatically since countries began their lockdowns.
Franceli Chapman-Varela is an Artivist, host, writer and speaker. She is a member of 3 guilds: Writers Guild of America, SAG-AFTRA and Actor's Equity. She just added the title of minister-in-training to her belt.
Franceli has been seen on BET’s Original Movie, Open, All American (Netflix), The ReaHousewives is Beverly Hills (Bravo) and starred in the independent film “This Thing Called Hip Hop.” Her theater credits include White (CVRep), The House On Mango Street, Blues for Mister Charlie to name a few. She worked with Latina Showrunner Tanya Saracho in the writer's room for Brujas on Starz.
Franceli’s roots stem from the New York City theater community where she raised $3,000 for inner city youth, and ran in the New York City marathon. Now based in Los Angeles, she continues giving back to the community through organizations such as the Peggy Beatrice Foundation, A Sense of Home and Dominicans in Cali. She believes in the possibility of being a part of the change she wants to see in Hollywood.
Benilda Brito is a Black woman, lesbian, feminist, mother and grandmother. She is an educator and has a master's degree in Social Management/Administration from Universidade Federal da Bahia (Federal University of Bahia).
As an experienced activist of the Black women’s and feminist movement, her involvement started at the Youth Ministry Movement in the Catholic Church, in the context of Liberation Theology. Her fight in favor of human rights, especially of women, started very early. She was an Advisor to the City of Belo Horizonte’s Human Rights and Citizenship Office and Coordinator of Benvinda - Centro de Apoio à Mulher (Women’s Support Center), where she worked with women who experienced violence.
Benilda is a Human Rights Professor at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais) for fourth-term law students. She is dedicated to fighting racism, sexism, lesbophobia, and all forms of violence and oppression.
Mónica Carrillo Zegarra Mónica Carrillo Zegarra is an Afro-Peruvian writer and founder and former director of the LUNDU Center for Afro Peruvian Studies and Advancement. She is the author of "Rostros de Violencia, Rostros de Poder” (“Faces of Violence, Faces of Power") which explores the intersection of racism and sexism in the lives of Afro-Peruvian women.
Mónica holds an M.F.A in Performance Media and Interactive Arts from Brooklyn College, a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (National University of San Marcos) in Peru, a master's degree in Political Journalism and Cultural Analysis from Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (University of Antonio Ruiz Montoya) in Peru, and a specialization in International Law and in Human Rights from Oxford University in England. She has led over 25 human rights projects, harnessing more than $3 million to improve the quality of life for people in her community.
Mónica also creates poetry that mixes afro-beat, hip-hop and Afro-Peruvian music to bring attention to the ongoing effects of racism and sexism.
Natalia Santiesteban Mosquera
Natalia Santiesteban Mosquera is a researcher, translator, teacher, consultant and writer from Bogotá, and a daughter of teachers from the Colombian Pacific.
She was trained as a Professional in Languages and Sociocultural Studies at the Universidad de los Andes, an institution in which she taught in the areas of French, academic writing and Spanish for foreigners. During her undergraduate studies, Natalia was the first Afro-Colombian fellow of the Japan Foundation. She obtained her master's degree in Gender Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (National University of Colombia) and held the position of visiting researcher at the Center for Afrodiasporic Studies at Universidad Icesi, whose publishing house recently published her first book, “El color del espejo: narrativas de vida de mujeres negras en Bogotá”.
Currently, Natalia advises research projects and participates as a lecturer, professor and facilitator in various courses and conferences, while simultaneously pursuing her doctorate in Africana Studies with a specialization in gender and sexuality at Cornell University in upstate New York.