Nuestras voces/Our Voices: Wise Latinas en la lucha

The Nuestras Voces
Corazón de las Mariposas
Butterfly Heart

Since the 1960’s, promotoras or community health workers have helped bridge gaps between people and resources. Promotoras in Latin America have a long history of promoting human rights with unique popular education methods that are participatory and culturally relevant, and most states with large or growing Latin@ communities have well-established promotora programs.

In recognition of the significant role that promotoras can play in sexual violence victim rights advocacy and prevention, especially with marginalized Spanish-speaking communities, Arte Sana has offered promotora scholarships for the Nuestras Voces Conferences since 2005.

With your support, the mariposas (butterflies) will come together to form a corazón of transformation in honor of promotoras as potential agents of change in sexual violence prevention. Your donation will assure that promotoras from the Texas-Mexico border region will be able to receive specialized training at the 2015 Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference, that they can use to empower their communities for healing and prevention.

Hover over specific butterfly to read donor messages or dedications.

Art by Rosa Corrales-Ortiz
The Symbolism of the Mariposa (butterfly):
The mariposa carries rich Pre-Columbian symbolism as representing transformation and even physical manifestations of ancestors returning for a visit. According to Mayan belief, the “Galactic Butterfly” is said to represent all of the consciousness that has ever existed in this galaxy.For many Latin@ advocates, the mariposa is also a symbol for violence prevention and social justice. In 1981, attendees of the first Feminist Encuentro for Latin America and the Caribbean held in Bogota, Colombia declared November 25th as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. November 25th was chosen to commemorate the violent assassination of the Mirabal sisters (Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa) on November 25, 1960 by the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. In 1999, the United Nations officially recognized November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Mirabal sisters were known as “las mariposas.”

About the Artist:
Rosa Corrales-Ortiz is a local artist, native of the Southwest. Her artwork has been on exhibit in local venues in Austin, San Marcos and Kyle, Texas and also abroad in Gallipoli, Italy. Rosa has worked for several nonprofit organizations in which she has donated artwork for causes such as human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, women’s human rights, social justice, equality and peace. Rosa is a member of the Arte Sana Board of Directors.
Learn more about Arte Sana’s Promotora training efforts:
The Power of the Promotoras

The Role of the Promotor(a) Community Health Worker (pdf)

Sample Promotora Training Agenda in Spanish

Learn more about Promotora partner programs for ending violence:

Enlace Comunitario
Enlace Comunitario is a social justice organization led by Latina immigrants in Central New Mexico working to eliminate domestic violence and promote healthy families. EC promotoras are domestic violence survivors who work as community leaders with EC to prevent domestic violence through grassroots educational campaigns.

A Case Study of the Enlace Comunitario Promotora Model proves the value of outreach in Spanish!

Learn more about the promotoras’ nationally recognized work at:

The East Los Angeles Women’s Center
Since 1976, the East Los Angeles Women’s Center (ELAWC) has worked to promote safety, health, and personal wellbeing free from violence and abuse, as well as equal access to necessary health services and social support, with an emphasis on Latino communities. ELAWC offers training for promotoras in the areas of HIV/AIDS, STDs, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Teen Dating Violence. Once they become certified they go back to their communities and inform folks about these issues. To learn more about our transformative work, please visit our website:

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