Empowering women in Guatemala

Tuesday, 12. February 2019 18:30

[De and Fr]

Second event of the cycle “Expressions of Humanity – What kind of world do we want to live in?”

Today in Guatemala, the majority of indigenous population faces extreme poverty without access to basic needs and struggles to defend their lifestyle and land rights. Especially women and children are most at risk.

The event “Empowering women in Guatemala. Maya cultural heritage and the art of weaving” aims to create awareness and a dialogue about ways and opportunities for Guatemalan women to use their own resources to work themselves out of poverty.

What will this evening bring?

– Screening of “Ixcanul” the multi-awarded film by the Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante (2015, VO French subtitles).

– A discussion on the challenges for the indigenous populations in Guatemala, and in particular the status of women: poverty, lack of access to education; increased vulnerability to violence, forced marriage; migration. The focus will be on women’s strength, resilience and agency, on empowerment through the valorisation of culture and income-generating activities.

– Presentation of B’alam project (Maya weaving art, Huipil) and examples of activities and projects supported by Luxembourg-based associations Frères des Hommes and ASTM.

– A book and documentation corner, organised by ASTM, with a selection of books about Guatemala and related themes available at the CITIM Library.

– The photography exhibition “Madre Mia” portraying women from Guatemala and Luxembourg, a 2014 project by Frères des Hommes and the Lycée Technique des Arts et Métiers Luxembourg.

50% of the tickets and all sales of beautiful handcrafted fashion items during the event will go directly to the project B’alam, for the organization of a tailoring workshop for 50 Guatemalan weavers in August 2019.

The B’alam project stands for a vibrant mix of modernity and tradition. It is a socially responsible project, which supports weavers in Guatemala, aiming the preservation of ancient Mayan weaving traditions. During the event, you will be able to buy handmade products with love and skills from Women in Guatemala. Every product is uniquely meaningful and an important contribution to the continuation of an ancient tradition.

Languages: French and English; interpretation to English.

Please book your seat to facilitate planning: info@timeforequality.org

Prévente (www.rotondes.lu) : 6€ <26 ans / 9€ tarif normal
Box office: 7€ <26 ans / 10€ tarif normal

Organised by Time For Equality in collaboration with Rotondes B’alam project, Action Solidarité Tiers Monde – ASTM, CITIM – Centre d’Information Tiers Monde, Frères des Hommes Luxembourg, Agence interculturelle de l’ASTI, Association de Soutien aux Travailleurs Immigrés asbl Avec le soutien de l’ Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
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