We are an INTERGENERATIONAL FEMINIST team. We understand CARE as an everyday practice in our work. We are building collectively, based on dialogue and an exchange of experiences and knowledge. We are connected to the women's and feminist movement in Latin America and its struggles and demands because we recognize the COLLECTIVE AND TRANSFORMATIVE POWER of women.
A black Colombian feminist and social worker. She is a member of the international working group and the human rights team of the PCN- Proceso de Comunidades Negras. In her work, she concentrates on the defence of the collective rights of black/Afro-descendant women, the defence of ancestral territories, the right to free determination, and against racism. She is the co-founder of the Red de Solidaridad Afrocolombiana (Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network), and responsible for the inclusion of, and follow-up to, the Ethnicity Chapter of the Final Peace Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP guerrilla. She is the first Afro-descendant woman to make a presentation before the United Nations Security Council. She likes to go to the beach and re-unite with Yemanya, allowing herself to be cared for by her. She dedicates free time to dancing and conversing, and she is passionate about the search for dignified life of all people, and black women.
Young lesbian feminist from Chile, her resistance is rooted in the activism she carries out in various movements besides the feminist one, among them the one that provided her the most tools of social resistance is the student one, however, it is the activism within the movement for sexual and reproductive rights where she develops more in the professional field.
Maripa is an organizer, teacher and abortion doula within feminist networks in Latin America. She is part of the "Brigada de Propaganda Feminista", a street art and graphics collective that is part of the great resistance movement in Chile, building messages that seek to awaken more consciousness against fascism and patriarchy.
She has a degree in Legal and Social Sciences from the University of Chile, with several years' experience working on gender and human rights, strategies for access to abortion, as a consultant on legal security and protection for women's funds, feminist organizations and defenders. She is currently a consultant for the creation of legal strategies for the defense and prevention of the criminalization of women and activists. She is a passionate cyclist by conviction, enjoys music and in her free time she enjoys birdwatching.
A Brazilian feminist, psychologist, with a Master’s in collective health. Since 2004, Simone has participated in the Asociación Cultural de Mujeres Negras (Cultural Association of Black Women.She has undertaken research related to “La Salud de la Población Negra como una Acción Afirmativa”, (“Health of the Black Population as Affirmative Action”), “Percepciones de las mujeres negras sobre los efectos del racismo en sus vidas” (“Perceptions of Black Women of the Effects of Racism in their Lives”), and has collaborated with publications such as “Salud de la Población Negra y Militancia bajo la perspectiva de género”, “Mujeres Negras en la Primera Persona” (“Health of the Black Population and Militancy from a Gender Perspective”, “Black Women in the First Person”). She likes to read and watch films, and enjoys cooking with family and friends in her free time.
A Costa Rican/Mexican feminist activist, living in Mexico. She is a sociologist and specialist in social movements and human rights from Columbia University in New York. She was the Executive Director of AWID, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, and the manager of a strategic AWID initiative “Where is the Money for Women”?. Lydia joined the UNDP Advisory Committee in 2012. She was a co-founder and advisor for ELIGE- Red de Jóvenes para Derechos Reproductivos y Sexuales (Youth Network for Reproductive and Sexual Rights), a member of the International Human Rights Council, and on the Boards of Directors of the Global Fund for Women and the Central American Women’s Fund. She likes to spend time with her son, read poetry, dance, share a good meal with her friends and practice bio-dance.
Black feminist activist from Brazil. Her activism began more than 34 years ago. She isrecognized for her activism in the Black Women’s movement. Heliana is a historian specializing in gender, race and sexuality; much of her academic work focuses on racist and homophobic violence. As part of her academic work, she has been a speaker and panelist in various courses and
seminars addressing the issue of sexual diversity. She is currently executive coordinator of la Red de Mujeres Negras del Parana (the Network of Black Women of Parana) and coordinator of la Red Candaces de Lesbianas e Bisexuales Negras Feministas (the Candaces Network of Lesbian and Bisexual Black Feminists). In addition to enjoying spending her free time watching movies or listening to music, she likes to spend afternoons with her son, daughter, grandson and her partner.
Salvadoran woman, transfeminist, and human rights defender. Since 2017, she is president of COMCAVIS TRANS, an organization that promotes, defends, and demands the fulfillment of human rights for LGBTI people in El Salvador. She is a 2019-2021 member, of the Regional Council of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association for Latin America and the Caribbean (ILGALAC) and part of the Grant Making Panel of the International Trans Fund.
As part of her work to position the demands of trans people in strategic spaces and her search for comprehensive protection alternatives that are anti-patriarchal, non-heteronormative, and anti-sexist, she is part of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group in El Salvador and of the Salvadoran Network of Women Human Rights Defenders. Due to her long trajectory as a trans defender she received the 2019 Nansen Refugee Award. She enjoys spending time in nature, heading to the mountains to fill herself with peace and tranquility, and going to the beach to connect with the sea.
(1961-2021) An Ecuadorean feminist activist, with a Master in Gender Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Holland. She belonged to feminist collectives, which ensured the inclusion of women’s rights in the 1998 and 2008 Ecuadorean Constitution, and has extensive experience in working with feminist organizations and women defenders of human rights in Latin America. Her long trajectory also includes advising several women’s funds such as Astraea, the Global Fund for Women, and Mama Cash. Tatiana was member of the consulting team for the LGBTI initiative at Human Rights Watch, and prior to joining UAF-LA, she was the Executive Director of the Taller de Comunicación Mujer, as well as forming part of the Regional Team of the Women, Health, and Development Program of the Pan-American Health Organization. She enjoys silence and nature, profoundly loves her roots, the mountains, and healing processes. She writes poems and is constantly searching out forms of expression of her spirituality.
An Ecuadorean feminist, sociologist in International Relations and Specialist in Public Policy. She has collaborated with non-governmental organizations and international cooperation entities such as the Netherlands Institute for Multi-Party Democracy and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA); and in the governmental sector with her country’s Ministries of Planning and Development and International Relations. Her professional experience is centered on project design, implementation, and monitoring, concretely related to the topics of Democracy, Citizen Participation, and Human Rights. She likes to read and in her free time; she enjoys playing with her children and her dog.
Feminist from Bogotá, anthropologist from the National University of Colombia, and specialist in Feminist and Gender Studies. She has been particularly interested in recognition of the contributions of rural women involved in resistance processes against the extractivist model in Latin America. Additionally, she has been involved with alternative communication mediums and has supported community radio with a feminist perspective. She loves Afro-Brazilian percussion and currently is a member of the batucada group, La Galera, in Bogotá, Colombia.
Accountant with a Masters in Business Leadership and Management. She is originally from Bogotá, Colombia. She has been involved with social organizations since the beginning of her career, and has worked in the areas of administration and finance for over 13 years. Loren is proud of her roots, and always remembers and honors that her grandmother is from Buenaventura, Colombia, a land of feisty black women. This is why she loves to dance traditional Colombian dances. She enjoys traveling and going to new places, as well as spending time with her family.
Ecuadorian, feminist, lawyer who received her master's degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice System, and in Advanced Legal Sciences, both from the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona-Spain. Her work has focused on criminal investigation, criminal law and gender violence, and she believes that learning is a constant action to enrich the mind and spirit. She is passionate about sports, which has led her to compete in triathlon and bodybuilding. She enjoys eating Asian food and camping in the mountains. She also loves spending time with her two nephews, whom she teaches the importance of recognizing the power of women.
From Bogotá, she is a political scientist from the National University of Colombia, a specialist in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. During her professional and academic career, she has developed varied initiatives related to international migration and the analysis of Public Policies to deal with it. Currently, she is part of the research group “Migrations and Displacements” of the National University of Colombia. She likes music and at present is learning to play the cello.
Although Sofía was born in Honduras, she considers herself a Latin American. She is a feminist and an engineer with a Masters in Rural Development. Sofía believes in the power of women who are part of the struggle and that is why she enjoys working with them. In addition to actively participating in the Honduran Human Rights movement, she has also been a part of feminist collectives, such as Josefa Lastiri, Luchemos (We Fight), the Asamblea de mujeres Luchadoras de Honduras (Assembly of Honduran Women Who Fight). Nevertheless, she feels her daughter is her main political project. She enjoys showing love to her four cats and five dogs, as well as writing and sharing her ideas, from a critical thought perspective, with activist magazines, the political ecology working group, and other spaces.
Colombian feminist with studies in History; she is a Professional Public Health Technician with an emphasis in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Since 1992, she has been associated with the women’s movement in Colombia in the promotion, formation, and accompaniment of activities supporting the exercise of rights, the search for creative and symbolic proposals in daily rituals, and in street action. In 2008, one year before the founding of UAF-LA, she facilitated, with activist women defenders from the Region, a reflection on the publication “What is the Point of Revolution, If We Can´t Dance?”, published by UAF in the United States in 2007, a reflection which also took place in Eastern Europe and Africa. She is dascinated by poetry, haiku, dancing, walking in the woods, mountain climbing, and recognizing movement as a force of infinite pleasure and enjoyment for every-day life.
Alejandra was born in Bogotá and grew up in its surrounding mountains. She has a degree in History from the Universidad Nacional, with an emphasis on Environmental History. Her research has focused on social and environmental conflicts in Latin America and the relationship between cultural diversity and nature. Feminism began to grow in Alejandra along her journey. A journey that she now walks hand in hand with women defenders of life and territories in Latin America. She enjoys studying the physical body and its energy. In her free time she enjoys walking, dancing, and herbalism. Alejandra is passionate about returning to the body, breathe, and delving into her inner self to find rest.
Colombian feminist and designer. Passionate about art, the defense of human rights, and forms of ancestral caring, she likes to travel and learn about different cultures so she can share her knowledge with others, and learn, at the same time, how to promote change. Since childhood, she has identified with and felt connected to the land and its ancestors, the Wayuu indigenous people of La Guajira in the north of Colombia, who have taught her respect for life and its very diversity. She is organized, cheerful, creative, and with a sense of curiosity. She likes to dance, laugh and travel.
She is Mexican, which is expressed in her love for chilaquiles. Anaiz studied Psychology and Communications and for the last 10 years she has worked as an investigative journalist, focused on gender, health, and human rights. Life (and her friends) led her to learn about feminisms, allowing her write stories from a different lens and perspective, and to specialize in new narratives and social networks. Anaiz focuses her work on feminist initiatives as a tool for change, as well as rethinking our relationship with technology. She enjoys the mountains and the cold. Her favorite hobby is greeting dogs on the street and showing her love for Yoru, her four-legged friend. .
Colombian Public Accountant. Since graduating from university, she has dedicated her time to working in the social sphere. This has shaped her as an integral professional, interested in assisting others and in defending human rights. Besides her work, she likes to cook and especially to the making of pastries. Handicrafts constitute an important entertainment for her and she uses her free time to learn and to share what she has learned with her family.
She is from the city of Manizales, technologist in bilingual Commercial Secretarial Work. She has experience working with social sectors and NGOs, and she likes work concerned with human rights and women’s rights, the creation of networks, and the strengthening of mutual support alliances. She likes music, dancing, theatre, film, travelling, and tries to attend dance classes once a week. She loves animals, especially dogs, and she is delighted to share moments with her family and friends.
Patricia is Colombian and originally from Bogotá. She is a systems technician and has worked in the area of Human Resources since she began working. Her greatest desire is to finish her professional studies. Patricia is a very spiritual woman and has a positive outlook on life. She enjoys art, nature, good wine, and bitter chocolate. She loves music and film. Patricia dreams of living in the country, working the land alongside her partner, and seeing her daughters fulfill their goals.
From Bogotá, a Public Accountant from de la Salle University. She has dedicated her professional life to working with organizations that defend human rights and women’s rights, and that protect the environment. This experience has enriched her professional and personal life, and her greatest interest is to continue contributing her knowledge to strengthen, administratively and financially, organizations that struggle for a world of social justice. She very much likes to listen to music, read and be with her family.