Marta is passionate about women issues and human rights specially in Latin America.

FiLiA Role: Latin American Liaison

I joined FiLiA a bit more than a year ago in April 2018. As Lissa-Marie suggested when I approached her by phone she said, “we could meet for a coffee… or you can launch yourself to the deep end and join us to our next meeting ”

I love deep ends! So I joined this meeting, where I learnt issues going on in the UK of which I knew very little, in spite of having lived here for  more than 25 years, worked in Academia as a senior lecturer,  and spent 12 years in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office heading their foreign language training department.  . 

Definitively, it was an eye-opening meeting. And the question was, “if you joined us , what would you like to do”?

No doubt at all. I felt that the connection with the Commonwealth and Europe was there, but what about Latin America? How to create bridges in spite of cultures, in spite of language barriers? I was clear that this should be my role. This was the starting point and then female magic happened. 

Thanks to FiLiA I was sent as their representative to participate in the Elas Fund and British Council II Dialogue of Women in Movement in September 2018 Rio de Janeiro. 

I met fantastic women (my Portuguese helped), and then, on to Buenos Aires where I was raised up, I felt the confidence to link with other groups.

So, what were the concrete achievements?

·     Bring for the first time the voices of Latin American Feminists to our October 2018 FiLiA Conference and managing successfully the cultural and linguistic barriers.

·     ABColombia talk. They made us aware of the struggle that human rights agents were facing after the peace agreement in Colombia after 50 years of internal war. 

·     Vivas nos Queremos (We want ourselves alive) Campana Grafica. Argentina. They told us about: 

1 the struggle to have abortion legalised in Argentina

2 their actions to denounce femicide through art defying media gory images of women raped, mutilated, disposed in rubbish bags. Through their graphic campaign they started to get the record right showing them as valuable women.