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Aug 13, 2019

2nd Quarter 2019: Your Investment = Impact, Now and In the Future

Otomi leaders
Otomi leaders

Since we last spoke, PSYDEH 

  • trains 25 indigenous women leaders of our network of five organizations (Network) on telling their stories — in text, portrait, and video — to own their power,
  • completed a project promoting how rights to access public information and personal data privacy increase female political participation, and
  • contributed to a national report on how to increase access to, adoption and application of communication technology while launching our new digital communications platform.

WOMEN STORYTELLERS

PSYDEH neared completion of our inaugural storytelling initiative funded by you. Our goal? Pursue phases 5-7 in our process-oriented program when using stories to unitelink and support the women leaders of the Network to solve their own local problems. 

This action invites vulnerable women to weave their personal stories and co-design photography portraits. And we reflect on their journey together since late-2015 when co-producing high-quality videos to tell their organizations’ and network’s stories to the world.

For example, the Otomí leaders of Mujeres con Futuro focus on what it means to collaborate across different, isolated communities, and to represent their communities at the municipal and state levels. And, the Nahua women leaders of Yolki Ino Yolo focus on their textile cooperative Yoltika Moda Artesanal

From beginning-to-near-end, PSYDEH sees clear, measured progress by women using their stories to own their power. Katie Freund, initiative co-leader, says,

“One of the many big wins is how the women have named their regional organization Siempre viva (Always Alive) with a tagline “no me olvides” (Don’t forget me). This thinking, inspired by the names of flowers in their region, speaks to how the women want to see themselves, who they are. They choose the flower “Siempre viva” because no matter where each woman is or how far apart, their Network, this organization remains alive. And “no me olvides”, styled after the commonly known Forget-me-not flower, the symbol of victims of domestic violence, has two meanings. ONE, “don’t forget me” is a rallying cry. Due to home responsibilities, it is virtually impossible for women to be at all activities. This tagline helps them remember that all women are part of the collective decision-making process and should remain steadfast in the knowledge that they are better together. TWO, the flower metaphor captures their sentiment about those women leaders whose voices have been silenced by such things as an unexpected death, violence or the need to migrate to cities or “the north” for a livable wage. Their spirits, the women explained, remain in the hearts of those who still lead the organization. They are not and cannot be forgotten.”

PSYDEH will complete storytelling work in the 3rd quarter. Thereafter, the women’s and their organizations’ stories and videos will live on their respective webpages on PSYDEH’s website.

RIGHTS = INCREASED FEMALE POLITICAL PARTICIPATION

PSYDEH completed its 2018-2019 project educating and organizing 170 rural indigenous women (and men) to use their right to access public information and right to personal data privacy to increase political participation. This work follows on the heels of our inaugural work promoting these rights and nationally recognized 2016-2017 work promoting women participation in electoral politics.

Project takeaways include:

  • Cross-cultural, social capital building activities are valuable. Nearly all of those 143 people attending the 5th Regional Forum stated that they enjoyed the cross-cultural learning experience.
  • Our cascade learning model works. 170 workshop participants are open to or have already begun forming groups of 10 to 12 people who share learning with neighbors. We anticipate that this cascade effect will result in around 1,700 people in the region learning basic information on how to exercise their rights to access public information and the protection of personal data.
  • A women-led civil society organizational structure can lead to increases in female public decision-makers. The example of PSYDEH's aforementioned women-led Network has led to increases in female political participation, which we believe will produce a gradual increase in the number of women public decision-makers.

COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY & NEW DIGITAL PLATFORM

Among PSYDEH’s myriad wins was our being chosen by the global Endeavor as one of eight mostly-global civil society organizations to speak at a private roundtable on ways to increase access to, adoption of information and communication technologies in Mexico. Learn more HERE about Endeavor’s Roundtable and our contribution.

Another win comes courtesy of our 2018-2019 collaboration with the digital communications and media giant Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN). Not only have we launched a new website in English and Spanish with a brand new look, but we’ve also updated our YouTube channel and Facebook pages in Spanish and English, as well as Twitter and Instagram. We’ve launched a new LinkedIn page too!

LOOKING FORWARD 

Our 3rd quarter 2019 report will celebrate:

  • the completion of the storytelling initiative,
  • our maiden short documentary film,
  • results from PSYDEH’s first organizational social-impact analysis.

¡juntos somos mejores!

Nahua leaders
Nahua leaders
5th regional forum I
5th regional forum I
5th regional forum II
5th regional forum II
5th regional forum III
5th regional forum III
With global Ashoka, PODER & more @ Endeavor event
With global Ashoka, PODER & more @ Endeavor event

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Apr 1, 2019

1st Quarter 2019: Confronting the Unexpected & Global Outreach

Josefina (photo by Diogo Heber)
Josefina (photo by Diogo Heber)

In the 1st quarter of 2019,

  • we mourn the loss of a colleague while making progress in the field,
  • our special projects coordinator sets to launch our next crowdfunding campaign, and
  • we pursue new global relationships

CONFRONTING UNEXPECTED LOSS WHILE PUSHING FOR PROGRESS

In late-January 2019, our colleague Josefina Merced Velasco Velasco died unexpectedly from liver complications. We are devastated by this loss. As one of her peers said on the day of her funeral, and obvious from this tribute video “she was a great source of joy to all those with whom she worked.”

Josefina lived with her husband in the community of El Nandho, San Bartolo Tutotepec where they grew coffee and peanuts and raised pigs. Among the 120 people living in her community, 95% are indigenous, almost 40% of women are illiterate with their averaging a second-grade education. 80% of homes have electricity, but there are no computers, fixed telephones, nor internet. Click HERE to learn more about Doña Josefina.

Like all who face loss, we mourn. And we work to honor Josefina’s legacy by making field progress in 2019 work to promote smart use of the rights to access public information and protect personal data.

THE WOMEN WHO SERVE WITH PSYDEH LAUNCHING A NEW CAMPAIGN

Mahathi Kumar is a U.S. Fulbright-García Robles Scholar to Mexico, 2018-2019 where her day job is English-language academic assistant at La Universidad Politécnica Francisco I. Madero in Tepatepec, Hidalgo. As volunteer Special Projects Coordinator, Mahathi writes, “What strikes me about PSYDEH is the importance of story-telling. Every person has their own story to tell in their own voice. It is an honor to work with a group of people who are so committed to making these stories heard and to harnessing them to make a change."

Mahathi helps PSYDEH with creative material design and production, new internal policy development and leads our newly launched “Sustain Impact” global crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to underwrite our new bilingual female Coordinator of Sustainability, as well as ongoing fieldwork.

See this Campaign FAQ for more detail.  And CLICK HERE to donate!

PSYDEH CONTINUES NATIONAL AND GLOBAL OUTREACH 

First quarter outreach efforts have been nothing short of extraordinary.

  • We published our first novel animated lesson in English and Spanish on program work.
  • We explore interesting collaborations with the British Council, among other global funders and friends. 

LOOKING FORWARD 

Our 2nd quarter 2019 report will celebrate PSYDEH’s:

  • continued success in the field,
  • ongoing crowdfunding work, and
  • expected wins in national and global outreach

¡PSYDEH sustaining impact!

Mahathi Kumar (photo by Mayra Linares for COMEXUS)
Mahathi Kumar (photo by Mayra Linares for COMEXUS)
INE 2019 fieldwork (photo by Diogo Heber)
INE 2019 fieldwork (photo by Diogo Heber)

Links:

Apr 1, 2019

1st Quarter 2019: Confronting the Unexpected & Global Outreach

Josefina (photo by Diogo Heber)
Josefina (photo by Diogo Heber)

In the 1st quarter of 2019,

  • we mourn the loss of a colleague while making progress in the field,
  • our special projects coordinator sets to launch our next crowdfunding campaign, and
  • we pursue new global relationships

CONFRONTING UNEXPECTED LOSS WHILE PUSHING FOR PROGRESS

In late-January 2019, our colleague Josefina Merced Velasco Velasco died unexpectedly from liver complications. We are devastated by this loss. As one of her peers said on the day of her funeral, and obvious from this tribute video “she was a great source of joy to all those with whom she worked.”

Josefina lived with her husband in the community of El Nandho, San Bartolo Tutotepec where they grew coffee and peanuts and raised pigs. Among the 120 people living in her community, 95% are indigenous, almost 40% of women are illiterate with their averaging a second-grade education. 80% of homes have electricity, but there are no computers, fixed telephones, nor internet. Click HERE to learn more about Doña Josefina.

Like all who face loss, we mourn. And we work to honor Josefina’s legacy by making field progress in 2019 work to promote smart use of the rights to access public information and protect personal data.

THE WOMEN WHO SERVE WITH PSYDEH LAUNCHING A NEW CAMPAIGN

Mahathi Kumar is a U.S. Fulbright-García Robles Scholar to Mexico, 2018-2019 where her day job is English-language academic assistant at La Universidad Politécnica Francisco I. Madero in Tepatepec, Hidalgo. As volunteer Special Projects Coordinator, Mahathi writes, “What strikes me about PSYDEH is the importance of story-telling. Every person has their own story to tell in their own voice. It is an honor to work with a group of people who are so committed to making these stories heard and to harnessing them to make a change."

Mahathi helps PSYDEH with creative material design and production, new internal policy development and leads our newly launched “Sustain Impact” global crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to underwrite our new bilingual female Coordinator of Sustainability, as well as ongoing fieldwork.

See this Campaign FAQ for more detail.  And CLICK HERE to donate!

PSYDEH CONTINUES NATIONAL AND GLOBAL OUTREACH 

First quarter outreach efforts have been nothing short of extraordinary.

  • We published our first novel animated lesson in English and Spanish on program work.
  • We explore interesting collaborations with the British Council, among other global funders and friends. 

LOOKING FORWARD 

Our 2nd quarter 2019 report will celebrate PSYDEH’s:

  • continued success in the field,
  • ongoing crowdfunding work, and
  • expected wins in national and global outreach

¡PSYDEH sustaining impact!

Mahathi Kumar (photo by Mayra Linares for COMEXUS)
Mahathi Kumar (photo by Mayra Linares for COMEXUS)
INE 2019 fieldwork (photo by Diogo Heber)
INE 2019 fieldwork (photo by Diogo Heber)

Links:

 
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