ANDn Saturday, September 24, starting at 12 noon, at La Pantera Rossa in Zaragoza there will be a conversation with Amandine Fulchiron, a feminist activist and researcher based in Mexico and co-founder of the Guatemalan feminist collective Actoras de Cambio, in relation to her book “Women’s Law. Love, own power, authority and community” (Guatemala, Ediciones del Pensativo, 2021).
She will be accompanied by the author Arantxa Hernández Piñero, professor at the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the University of Zaragoza.
Guatemala and Colombia are two scenarios where extreme violence has been analyzed, explained and not always overcome. However, the authors indicate that the book contains “keys for women to stop suffering in their bodies the effects of a lethal destructive regime, the capitalist and colonial patriarchy.” The subtitle of the book: ‘Love, self-power, authority and community’, offers clues to its content.
Amandine Fulchiron and the Actoras de Cambio collective, an original and innovative political experience and theoretical proposal to practice justice as healing, have brought together in the book the conclusions of years of community work with Guatemalan and Colombian women survivors of sexual violence.
‘Women’s Law’ is a compilation of the work that the Actoras de Cambio collective has carried out in an exercise of permanent praxis with groups of Mam, Chuj and Q’eqchi’ women in Guatemala and with Afro-Caribbean women in Colombia.
Amandine presents and develops a political proposal for justice as a result of the actions, methodologies and political reflections that she has carried out together with the feminist collective Actoras de Cambio. In the words of the same author; The Women’s Law is, above all, “a tribute to women whose lives, liberties, dignities and bodies were brutally taken away by rape, wars and genocides; who, despite living in societies and cultures that impose cruel humiliation and silencing on these atrocities, have not allowed themselves to be annihilated.”
The history of women is finally having its biographers who rescue from oblivion all those collective and individual actions carried out by hundreds, millions of diverse women in all corners of the planet.
Born in France, from 18 to 23 years old, she studied political science and human rights between France, Sweden and Italy. At age 20 she was in Bosnia with Doctors of the World where she encountered the cruelty of war and rape as a weapon of genocide.
At the age of 23, he arrived in Guatemala, his other land, where he lived for 16 years. The war stories, the silence and the shame of the Mayan women, whose body was used as a battlefield, assault him again.
In 2003, together with other Guatemalan accomplices, she co-founded a social and political process called Actoras de Cambio aimed at breaking the silence, healing the wounds left by sexual crimes, war and colonization, remembering and building their own and community paths of justice between women.
Within this framework, she was trained in group therapy, in alternative psycho-corporal and psycho-energetic therapies to deprogram trauma, traumatic beliefs and emotions, and reconnect with 53 affection, trust, enjoyment, joy of living and freedom with biodance.
Coexistence with wise Mayan and mestizo women, inheritors of the ancestral knowledge of their grandmothers, allows her to incorporate Mayan spirituality into her practice of daily life and awakening. She is the co-author of ‘Fabrics that carry the soul’ (2009), a feminist research-action that constitutes a report of the truth about the sexual crimes committed massively and systematically against Mayan women in Guatemala, and analyzes the processes that have allowed the survivors “reborn”, re-inhabit the body, the life and the community.
In 2014, he left his Chapina land to land in Mexica land where he resumed writing within the framework of a doctorate in Latin American studies. From there ‘The law of women’ (2019) was born. From that date, she opened different feminist training seminars in universities and women’s healing circles in Mexico, Colombia, Panama and the Spanish State.