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Luz Maria Utrera established the Luz Maria Foundation in the United States. Luz María Foundation works with several organizations that have ECOSOC status & DPI association around the world to help women who have experienced domestic violence. The Foundation promotes human rights and also assists Fundacíon Luz María based in Santiago del Estero, Argentina that just received ECOSOC status in April 2015 and DPI association in November 2015. 

Luz Maria Foundation


Luz María Utrera received her Law degree at Salvador University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After obtaining her law degree, she traveled to the US to improve her English at California International University in Los Angeles. There she studied film and cinema at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. While living in Los Angeles, she became involved with different organizations that deal with matters of domestic violence. 

She volunteered and learned how these organizations helped and empowered women. She returned to Argentina, and founded Fundación Luz María to help women who experienced domestic violence. While she created the Foundation in Argentina, she visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa and was invited to speak at the Valley Oasis Shelter in Los Angeles. All of this inspired her even more.

After all the work that she did as a lawyer, providing extensive support and advocacy, spending her personal resources and funds in Santiago del Estero, she realized she needed additional support to carry out her vision, so Luz María Foundation was established. Luz Maria Foundation partnered with Fundación Luz Maria to help women lead a life free of violence, raise their voice and to reach their full potential.

Ending Violence Against Women Globally Event Part of the CSW 60 event at The United Nations

BBC in Argentina, June 3rd 2015 March To End Violence Against Women #NiUnaMenos

Portrait of Nelson Mandela United Nations 2015

Speaking at the NGO Committee United Nations 2015

March 8th International Women's Day Centro Cultural General San Martin Termas de Rio Hondo 2013

Bring Back Our Girls/Stop Violence April 2015

Agreement signing 2013 With the First Woman President of the National University Lic. Natividad Nassif

ECOSOC Approval, 2015

DPI Association at United Nations 2015

At her Legacy at Columbia University 2016

Receiving the Pakistan Council for Social Welfare & Human Rights

Speaking at Google with Jigsaw

From the Delegates Lounge, United Nations to Creo Santiago and Nodo tecnológico SDE sharing about our work and United Nations

Speaking at the David Rockefeller Room in the Council on Foreign Relations

With Global Kids #USInTheWorld

Power Women in Bussines Honoree

Honoree Power Women in Business at the Hilton Hotel

Power Women in Bussines Honoree

Power Women in Business honoree

Power Women in Business honoree

Some of our volunteers

One of our partner organizations

Inauguration sculpture of Cristobal Gabarron

From one of our interns

United Nations Secretary General Campaign to End Violence Against Women

International Day Against Violence at the United Nations

International Day Against Violence at the United Nations

International Day Against Violence at the United Nations

Program Now supported by the Foundation

Women Champions of Change

Her Legacy Conference & Gala at Columbia University

Virtual Seminar

The founder Luz Maria as a global champion for change of UN Women, champion of the UN Interagency, and founder and president of Fundacion Luz Maria at Youth CSW 61

At the Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

Certificate of Completion as an Empower Women Champion of Change

Fundacion Luz Maria in The United Nations in Austria, Vienna

With Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi

With Sizani Ngubane at the Commission on the Status of Women

Representing United Nations and Fundacion Luz María in this conference in Morocco

Speaking at a conference in Frankfurt, Germany

With Oprah Winfrey at the United Nations Headquarters

Come join us at the Rally of the CSW60

With Ava Duvernay at the United Nations Headquarters

With Steve Wonder at the United Nations

Training at Yale Women Campaign School

At the Rockefeller Foundation

2018 Global Community Innovator

With Tarana Burke Founder of #MeToo Movement at Columbia University

Our Event in the Argentinian Consulate

Organizing for Action

It was an honor to address ECOSOC at The Consultations of the Committee on NGOs with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC.

Speaking at the Cycle of Conferences and Debates. The participation of women in the construction and defense of human rights.

With Avon Foundation

With Avon Foundation

Making an Impact Together. Honored to speak in The World Refugee Day Celebration among speakers from the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. House of Representatives and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

UN Women

New York Stands Against Domestic Violence Forum

With Mrs Lorena Castillo de Varela, the First Lady of Panama

With Women Freedom Forum at the Commission of the Status of Women at the United Nations

During the Commission of Social Development at the United Nations

At Ambassador Buddhi Athauda's home in Paris

At the Ford Foundation

Creo Santiago and Technological Node


Workshop at WeWork Bryant Park

In Mexico DF

Im Morocco with United Nations Representing America

With UN Women National Committee United States Metropolitan New York Chapter

DPINGO Chat Series

At the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

At the White House with Miss America

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