On May 2nd, 21 women from Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia came together to take part in NLIRH’s Latinas Organizing for Leadership and Advocacy (LOLA) training held at DC’s All Souls Unitarian Church. The training was made possible with the help of our dedicated partners in Washington DC, Mary’s Center and La Clinica Del Pueblo. This was our 10th LOLA training and the third to be done entirely in Spanish.
The two-day training provided women with an introduction to the history of feminism and the women’s movement, the legislative landscape of DC, and the basics of community organizing. “Aborto Sin Pena,” a Mexican documentary about three women and their personal experience with abortion, was screened during the second day and inspired a lively discussion. The end of the training was met with a graduation ceremony where all the LOLA graduates received certificates for completing the training.
The main goal of our LOLA trainings is to strengthen the voices of Latinas within the reproductive justice movement. The trainings are designed to be a space where women can comfortably share their experiences as they learn new leadership skills and how to become part of our national reproductive justice campaigns.
To view pictures of this and past LOLA trainings, please visit our newly updated photo gallery!