Each February the United States honors important people and events in the history of the African diaspora during Black History Month. At the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health we’re honoring our Afro-Latin@ hermanos y hermanas by remembering the life and contributions of an Afro-Latina poderosa that was a leader in Peru’s women’s and human rights movements.
María Elena Moyano Delgado (1958-1992) was an Afro-Peruvian activist, organizer, and feminist who fought tirelessly for both women’s and human rights. Known to her followers as Madre Coraje, (Mother Courage), María Elena fearlessly led social justice movements for dignity, freedom, and equal political participation in Peru.
As a teen she became a member of the youth movement, Movimiento de Jóvenes Pobladores, in Villa El Salvador – the vast shantytown outside of Lima where she resided. At age 24, she was elected president of the Federación Popular de Mujeres de Villa El…
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