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.
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
Feb 3, 2014

MuJER is helping women complete high school

Since 2005 MuJER has helped tens of women improve their literacy through our Leer es Poder (Reading is Power) program. As women have progressed through our vocational programs, more women have become interested in enrolling in high school. To meet this demand, the organization offers $50 scholarships per semester to cover tuition at an accrediated accelerated high school.

We are proud to share with you that Rosa, a member of the organization, recently became the second to complete high school with the support of these scholarships.  Completing high school is a major accomplishment for our members because of the skills gained, the increase in job opportunites, and also because it continues to build self-esteem, and empowers the person to continue to set goals for herself.  Rosa is a role model to other members - she is an example of all that the women can accomplish.

Please consider making a contribution to MuJER; remember that our relatively small scholarships are transforming the lives of women.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Jessica Osorio                                                                                                                                                

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