MuJER

MuJER is dedicated the promotion of women's rights through education, awareness, and community organizing. Our mission is to empower women sex workers to become socially and politically active by offering programs that range from literacy and vocational training to emotional well-being and violence prevention. With education, specialized skills, and leadership development, MUJER enables women sex workers to find economic and emotional stability, have a voice in society, and better their own lives and the lives of their children.
Jun 26, 2014

Scholarships Transform Lives

MuJER supports the dreams of each woman that comes to our Empowerment Center, by offering a variety of educational opportunities. Our flagship program, Reading is Power - Leer es Poder, offers literacy courses that are critical to building self-esteem in the women and for the success of our programs.

As women advance through our educational and vocational courses, many want to continue their education beyond the center's offerings to complete high school and degrees in technical trades. To meet this need, we offer $50 scholarships per semester to cover course registration. Without these scholarships the women would not be able to attend the accelerated high school program. These scholarships are essential in helping many women achieve their dreams.

Please consider making a donation in any amount to support Leer es Poder and our high school scholarships.

Thank you for your continued support.

In Solidarity, 

Jessica Osorio

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Mar 28, 2014

MuJER Graduate Opens Cafe

Dear Friends and Supporters of MuJER,  

Last year, MuJER celebrated a major accomplishment: our first high school graduate.  Alondra, who began with us in elementary school, not only completed high school but also--on a MuJER scholarship--completed culinary school.  We are now happy to share with you another success story; Alondra opened a café at our Community Empowerment Center in Guatemala City. She is the chef, owner, and administrator of her own business.

Her success was made possible by her hard work and dedication, by the support of MuJER’s staff, and with financial assistance from our organization.   The women who are part of our organization, just like Alondra, have many dreams they hope to fulfill and goals they are working to accomplish. Through MuJER, the women can claim an education, obtain vocational training, and develop their self-esteem.  They have the potential; MuJER helps them realize that potential through support and scholarships.  

Please consider supporting women like Alondra, women who are working to achieve their personal goals, overcome poverty, and improve the lives of their families and children.  

Your contributions are a major source of funding for our organization. Financial contributions in any amount make a difference in the lives of the women of MuJER.  

For more information on MuJER read a recent article in Women News Network: http://womennewsnetwork.net/2014/03/17/guatemala-women-sex-workers-world/.  

Sincerely, 

Jessica Osorio

Mujeres por la Justicia, Educacion y el Reconocimiento

Feb 15, 2014

Love is Listening

Flor leading the workshop
Flor leading the workshop

"What is Love?" It's February 13th (the day before Valentine's day) and Flor de María Peña (the executive director) is leading a workshop for the women about love. They all sit in chairs, some with babies, one balancing an embroidery hoop on her knee as she works diligently away, and discuss the meaning of love. Flor writes down the suggestions as they come up: love is respect, it's dignity, it's forgiveness, it's listening.

The workshop ends and the women gather around to eat lunch and chat. The MuJER office provides a refuge where they can come during the day and drink a coffee, or take a class. It's a rare safe space, tucked behind a restaurant run by a former sex worker who took classes at MuJER, and then worked her way through high school and cooking classes, a place where the women are guaranteed not to be judged for their work as sex workers.

Flor says the number of sex workers in Guatemala is estimated to be about 35,000, and many are marginalized immigrants with few resources and less hope. Through classes in English, reading, jewerly-making, and basic education, MuJER is working to support these women so that they're future can be a bit brighter. Eventually they would also like to provide computer classes, however they need a few more computers first. Flor explains that these women often feel like, as immigrants, women and sex workers, they have no rights, and should they be treated badly, no recourses. Using basic education, supportive workshops, and the opportunity to make and sell small jewelry and embroidery, Flor and her staff are hoping to be able to help these women and their families to a brighter future. Looking around the room at the cluster of women drinking coffee, or making a necklace, as their children read "Madeline" or "Corduroy", it's impossible to not to catch their enthusiasm and optimism about the future.

Workshop attendants
Workshop attendants
Woman reading
Woman reading
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