Black Women in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico
Partner with VidaAfrolatina to Denounce Sexual Violence on June 17

DETROIT, June 10, 2021 -- Sexual violence rates increased for Black women in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic. VidaAfrolatina is amplifying the testimonies of Black and Afro-descendant women in México, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico at Historias by VidaAfrolatina. 

 

Through this platform, Black and Afro-descendant women in Latin America articulate in their own words the reality of sexual violence in their communities, as well as their experiences of healing and resilience. The second installment of the Historias by VidaAfrolatina virtual series will take place on June 17, 2021, from 7 pm to 8 pm (Eastern). Guest presenters are: 

 

  • Tanya Duarte, an Afro-Mexican psychologist, activist and founder of Afrodescendencia México

  • Colectivo Ilé, an Afro-Puerto Rican collective dedicated to anti-racist and decolonial organizing

  • MUDHA (Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas),  a human and civil rights organization founded and led by Domincan women of Haitian descent

 

While commonly perceived as a gender justice issue, VidaAfrolatina recognizes that sexual violence is also a racial justice issue. Women of African descent have been victims of sexual violence disproportionately, throughout the Americas, since the transatlantic slave trade began 500 years ago. Systemic racism perpetuates this disproportionality.

 

Black and Afro-descendant women’s organizations in Latin America are doing transformative organizing and healing work, but are woefully under-resourced. While approximately one-third of the region’s population is Afro-descendant, less than 3 percent of grants disbursed in Latin America by global human rights funders and by U.S. foundations was earmarked for Afro-descendants. 

VidaAfrolatina strives to fill a void in resources to strengthen and expand the work of Black women’s organizations. By attending the Historias by VidaAfrolatina fundraiser, guests are investing in the healing and leadership of Black and Afro-descendant women in Latin America.