The Lifting Latina Voices Initiative (LLVI) empowers metro-Atlanta Latinas through education and outreach to develop a diverse group of women making informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.
Fully implemented in 2007, LLVI is the only program in Georgia to specifically address comprehensive reproductive and sexual health issues that Latinas face, especially those who are low-income and uninsured. From providing basic sex education information on sexually transmitted viruses and diseases, to fostering communication skills among friends, mothers, and daughters, LLVI cultivates Latina self-awareness, growth and empowerment.
LLVI provides opportunities for leadership for Latinas by outreach to this community through the Latina Leadership Committee, educational workshops, grassroots organizing, and related projects. Through our advocacy trainings and programs, we will work to ensure that Latinas’ voices are heard and counted in the policy debates that affect their lives, realities, and communities.
LLVI's goal is to develop a diverse group of Latinas to become our future leaders, activists, and engaged citizens. There are many important issues affecting Latinas today. Come learn how cultural norms, stereotypes, communication modalities and gender inequities continue to silence Latinas and suppress personal and interpersonal health and growth. LLVI works to continuously create relevant and dynamic discussions, workshops, and leadership and mentoring opportunities in an open and safe environment with the goal being Latina empowerment, growth, and increased sexual and reproductive awareness and health.
We are a powerful voice . . .
- There are 40 million Latinos residing in the U.S., representing a 58% increase from 1990-2000.
- There are over 18 million Hispanic American/Latina women in the U.S. and it is estimated that by the year 2050 1 out of every 4 women in the U.S. will be Latina.
- The major trend to move away from major immigrant states has impacted Georgia greatly- from 1990-2000; Georgia had the second largest Hispanic growth rate at 233%
We Have the Right to a Healthy Life!
- Latinas have the highest rate of uninsured women from any racial/ethnic group.
- Latina women are more likely to feel that their doctors do not take the time to answer all of their questions as compared to other groups and are more likely to leave the doctor's office without understanding all of the information they received.
Ready to be active and involved? Interested in Joining the Latina Leadership Committee?
"Being a member of the Latina Leadership Committee allows me to connect with other Latina leaders and advocates who care about making a difference and reaching out to the community. The meetings and activities planned by the committee give me a chance to network and also receive emotional support. The LLC is a great way to make friends and make a difference." -- Aline Jesus Rafi