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Amazona Foundation seeks inclusive societies where global standards of gender equality has been achieved and people of all genders and sexual diversities live with dignity and autonomy.
Amazona Foundation works on deconstructing harmful traditional gender roles attributed to men, women and people of gender and sexual diversities in society. It focuses on building and engaging community to take action for gender equity.
•Social Justice • Equity •Diversity
At an early age, founder and chair, Betty Gabriela Rodriguez (Gaby) understood that we need to support each other in order to end injustice and discrimination.
Growing up, she had two close friends whose relatives were diagnosed with HIV. These relatives were very different people. One identified as gay and one had struggled with a drug addiction. Yet they shared something in common: they were both victims of discrimination. Empathy towards the hardship these friends and their families faced was key in developing Gaby’s social awareness of the damage that intolerance can cause.
At the age of 19, Gaby met a professor at her University who soon became her mentor and friend. This professor was not only an accomplished lawyer, an outstanding LGBTI activist, but also a transgender woman. Like the family members of her two close friends, she was deeply concerned to see the discrimination her professor had to face each day.
That's when Gaby's concern for her friends transformed into a dream of creating a foundation that would address these problems head-on. The lessons she learned through them combined with her personal experiences shaped her view of how gender prejudices play a key role in discrimination and violence.
Gaby created Amazona Foundation in 2018 as a way to embrace tolerance and diversity in order to ensure an inclusive environment for women and people of gender and sexual diversities.
Amazona Foundation works to promote diversity, to ensure equal opportunities, and to prevent violence by engaging all members of society in the conversation. The Amazona Foundation's programs, campaigns, and advocacy efforts are designed to tackle all forms of discrimination and intolerance, especially when based on gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and sexual characteristics.
We are an independent, nonprofit organization, committed to empowering women and people of gender and sexual diversities (GSD) by promoting resilience, social entrepreneurship and mentoring. To deepen our impact and achieve equal opportunities, we work as a networked nonprofit seeking the full enjoyment of their human rights.
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