For the past 30 years, the organizers that spearheaded the evolution of the organization developed and implemented educational workshops, provided leadership trainings, engaged in community-based research, created numerous educational tools such as manuals and PSAs, all aimed to develop awareness of gender-based violence in the Latin American community.
As ‘MUJER’, the organization developed and delivered prevention programs and educational programs, and provided formal and informal services on violence against women and children. They address the safety and well-being primarily of Spanish-speaking women and children living in Ontario (with a focus on Toronto & the GTA).
MUJER’s strengths became apparent because of the incessant work that organizers addressed at different levels, and with a diversity of groups, including:
Women and families victims of violence and abuse;
Latinx Youth (12 and up);
Front-line workers and service providers in the social, housing, protection, legal and health areas;
Researchers and academics interested in issues affecting our community;
Government representatives, funders and sponsor organizations;
Other ethno-specific, and gender-specific organizations and community based agencies and networks;
The Latin-American community and the community at large at the local, provincial and international levels.
Thus, MUJER’s work was critical in:
Providing prevention and education workshops, seminars, training and public education to more than 2,500 Latin American and Caribbean community members;
Developing and delivering bilingual public education campaigns through the media (radio, TV and ethno-specific community newspapers), educational sessions, forums, conferences, public speeches and presentations;
Developing an analysis of the impact of violence on Latin American women’s lives and their children, from a cultural, feminist and anti-oppression perspective, not only for the Spanish speaking community, but for English-speaking public at large;
Training more than 620 front-line workers on the issues faced by Latin-American women and families victims of violence who are now living in Canada and the direct links to the health and well-being not only of women and children themselves, but of the community at large;
Developing new strategies for the delivery of quality culturally appropriate and effective services, including educational programs, focus groups, support services (over the telephone), referrals and advocacy and escort for abused women and children, and those at-risk;
Creating new knowledge through research and information/education tools to enhance peoples’ understanding of the current issues faced by Latin American women and their families, from the global perspective. This includes bilingual audio-visual and print materials as resources for educational purposes;
Providing a support network for front-line workers, social workers, therapists, legal/health workers, volunteers, activists and advocates on issues of violence/trauma and abuse in the Latin American community;
Establishing successful partnerships and collaborations with an increasing number of organizations, cross-sectoral agencies and networks within and outside the Spanish speaking community and at the local, national and international levels.