Get to Know: El Centro Integral de la Mujer Madre Tierra
Philadelphia stands as a thriving hub for a multitude of diverse communities. Among them, the Latino population holds a significant presence, accounting for nearly a quarter of a million individuals and constituting 15.2% of the city’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Acknowledging the importance of providing culturally relevant education and initiatives in Spanish in order to reach the Latino community, Arianne Bracho Hernández, Executive Director of El Centro Integral de la Mujer Madre Tierra, has dedicated herself to empowering Latinas and raising awareness about critical issues like domestic violence.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Arianne and delve into her organization’s work, the impact the WOMEN’S WAY General Operating Fund grant has had on el Centro Integral de la Mujer Madre Tierra, and their future plans. Read on to learn more about Arianne’s journey and the transformative work she is leading in Philadelphia to uplift Latinas, advocate for gender equity, and create a safer community for all.
Tell us a little bit more about yourself.
My name is Arianne Bracho Hernández. I am the Executive Director of El Centro Integral de la Mujer Madre Tierra (CIMMT). I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela, with a background in art therapy and women’s studies. In 2008, I started working at the National Institute for Women on what would then become my passion: empowering women by strengthening their knowledge of their rights. I worked there for 6 years, taking charge of the training process for women navigating violence related to new Venezuelan laws, as well as raising awareness about gender equity.
In 2017, I moved to Philadelphia and have become deeply connected to the community through my work. I am the producer of Madre Tierra Philly which is transmitted over radio and television through PhillyCAM and also the Executive Director of CIMMT which works for a society free of violence against women, as well as gender equity and equality in order to achieve a more just society.