Mujeres Latinas en Acción (Mujeres) officially launched their first ever position paper, ¡Actívate! A community-data driven guide to help Latinas and their families thrive.
Founded in 1973, Mujeres is the longest-standing Latina-led organization in the country. With its headquarters based in Pilsen in Chicago, Illinois, it has grown from a volunteer-led group of dedicated Latinas that it once was to over 60 employees with satellite locations in North Riverside and Brighton Park.
In partnership with Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois Chicago, ¡Actívate! is a community-based project which gathered data and lived experiences of Mujeres’ community members, ultimately informing the advocacy priorities of Mujeres. Data was gathered through focus groups, interviews, and a community needs assessment surveys on the following issues: immigrant justice, economic justice, women’s health, and gender-based violence. This project involves contributions from Mujeres’ leadership and staff, community members, partner organizations, and Great Cities Institute (GCI).