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As women, trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people of Abya Yala*, also known as Latin America and the Caribbean, we recognize that Black and Indigenous Latinx* communities suffer exploitation, discrimination and marginalization in a society that grants power and privilege to white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy. We also recognize that there are social, cultural, racial, and economic inequities that allocate certain privileges to some Latinx communities and not to others.

PODER strives to create decolonial, anti-oppressive, and empowering community spaces that explicitly prioritize LGBTTIQQ2SA+, Non-Binary, Gender Non-Conforming, Agender, Mad, Crip, and Sick and Disabled voices. Our practice centers the decolonization of Latinx** communities in solidarity with the liberation of Black and Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island.

* Abya Yala is a term used by the Guna peoples of Panama for the territory commonly referred to as Latin America, which is comprehensive of Mexico, Central and South America, as well as parts of the Caribbean. We use the term Abya Yala to position our organization in a culturally-appropriate, equity-focused framework for understanding and addressing the diverse experiences of people identifying with the Latin American diaspora.

** Latinx is a term comprehensive of, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, Afrodescendant, Afrolatinx, Asian Latinx, Muslim Latinx, and other mixed and/or diasporic peoples with roots to Abya Yala, also known as Latin America and the Caribbean.



PODER is a grassroots volunteer-led organization for people with roots to Latin America, Abya Yala, the Caribbean, and the diaspora. We are committed to decolonization through collective learning and community building.  

PODER aims to create a cultural shift in critical awareness towards decolonization and liberation in solidarity with Black and Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island.


Years of Work


Events Hosted


Latin American and Caribbean participants of our workshops


Front-Line workers trained on the issues faced by Latin-American women and families victims of violence   


“It was an evening full of of emotions and wonderful memories, it was great to see so many of the familiar faces there, specially those we haven’t seen in a while, but we all had something in common: our admiration for the many great women who made this tiny organization such a success story, specially our gratitude to Lilian for all the hard years of dedication to make this dream come true. Gracias Lilian, en nombre propio y de todas las que hemos pasado por MUJER y aprendimos tanto de ti!”

 Sayonara Mairena, Past Board Member, MUJER AGM 2013

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