PSYDEH’s unprecedented regional forum series unites women across cultural and geographic boundaries around commonalities and solutions to shared problems.
The 1st FORUM brought together over 125 indigenous and non-indigenous Mexicans and citizens from New Zealand, the USA and Canada in Acaxochitlán, Hidalgo. There, indigenous women leaders created the framework for their novel Regional Development Agenda based on a human-rights focus while formally charging 20 of their own to begin organizing the first ever Women Leader Board (or Organization) of the Sierra Otomí-Tepehua Region.
In the 2nd FORUM, 225+ indigenous citizens and friends from Mexico City, Russia, and the USA marked the end of 2015 work in Acaxochitlán, Hidalgo by tightening their rights-based agenda and announcing the legal formation of a network of one Regional women-led organization and four additional women-led, local-focused organizations and a regional cooperative.
The 3rd FORUM joined over 200 regional indigenous citizens and friends from Mexico, Canada, and the USA in Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo. Women leaders learned from other women public leaders on why and how women can participate in Mexico’s democracy while they promoted their own development agenda as a guide for the nascent women’s Network’s work to build their own projects to solve local problems. See this field-report video on forum success.
The 4th FORUM in Huehuetla, Hidalgo commemorated “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” by bridging more than 200 women from across the Region with local government officials and PSYDEH friends from Italy, the USA, Brazil, and Mexico City. There, PSYDEH, in collaboration with indigenous women leaders and their new network of NGOs, Programa Proequidad INMUJERES, the US Foundation Global Giving, and local municipal governments, built and expanded on the progress made in the previous three regional forums, highlighted by the formal release of the unprecedented Huehuetla Declaration of 2017, a document stating women’s demands and proposals for the well-being of their communities.
The 5th FORUM in Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo was funded by the Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE) and our “Fruits of Change“ crowdfunding campaign produced with US-based GlobalGiving. As the final activity in our 2019 project, we bridged 150+ Otomí, Tepehua, Nahua women from across the Sierra Otomí-Tepehua region of Hidalgo with Afro-Mexican women leaders from Veracruz while linking all with government officials when (1) learning about our rights to public information and personal data privacy, (2) updating the women’s unprecedented development agenda, and (3) participating in two feedback surveys and a human-library-oriented experience built from PSYDEH’s British Council’s Active Citizens training.
2014 human rights-focused work produced the framework for the unprecedented Women’s Regional Development Agenda. It reflects women’s collective long-term vision for the Region, and their understanding of local problems and how they should be solved via public information campaigns and projects, organized pursuant to the seven pillars on which sustainable development is built:
- Citizen participation
- Gender equity
In 2016, it was converted into an actionable agenda. From 2017 to 2019, women integrated new thoughts on problems and their solutions. Now, in 2022-2024 programming, Indigenous women allies will update the agenda at each of the annual regional meetings.