It’s difficult to explore nightlife is cities that are both prosperous and large because everything is so segmented.There’s the weird house clubs, and there’s the expensive lounges, and there’s the area where the grunge kids go.
The members want to create an inclusive directory that continues to link professionals.
Sanchez Layera explains, “We want the women that came to us to be able to say, ‘I have this band, and I’ve had bad experiences and don’t want men to take my pictures, I want a woman.’ This is a chance to create our own systems and chances for other women.” Muchacha is also planning to reach out to like-minded organizations and NGOs to see how they can continue raising awareness of discrimination and harassment.
“That’s why I was so excited when I heard about [Muchacha].
As women, we need to coordinate and have this kind of organization between us.” Now, the network is focusing on several main initiatives.
The conversation, she said, is still evolving in Chile, but she has been doing her part to make sure it continues to unfold.
“Women are leading these discussions, but it’s not a general conversation yet and men working in the industry aren’t even participating,” she explained.
“So it’s been hard because obviously it’s something that affects all of us.” When she started asking women for their stories last year, one of the people she reached out to was Karla Sanchez Layera, a journalist and concert photographer who shared her own story of being harassed at a live show.
Seeing how many other women had been through similar abuse struck a profound chord in Sanchez Layera, and she instantly jumped to make Muchacha a reality.
“When you go to see a band, you just want to enjoy it, and I thought I was the only one that this had happened to.