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Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty

by Psicologia y Derechos Humanos PSYDEH A.C.
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Educate Indigenous Women Leaders to Defeat Poverty
Katie Freund, special projects coordinator, PSYDEH
Katie Freund, special projects coordinator, PSYDEH

2017 was a seminal year for PSYDEH; 2018 looks just as bright!

Since our last report, we:

  • executed the final stage of 12 months of training around political violence against women while continuing to coach women leaders on "how to" produce their own projects in 2018.
  • expanded our diverse team of majority-women professionals to include an American Fulbright and elite businesswomen from the Dentsu Aegis network of marketing and branding companies.
  • produced our biggest Public Relations event in PSYDEH history.

LATE-2017 WINS  

In December, PSYDEH completed a federal government-funded initiative to strengthen indigenous women's participation in Mexico's electoral processes. This work continued progress started with our 2016-2017 award-winning initiative, is highlighted HERE in our most polished film-to-date and produced such tangible products as:

And PSYDEH continued pushing for a strong 2018 return on "Fruits of Change" investments by empowering our network of women-led NGOs to recently unveil their respective missions, visions, and logos in advance of 2018 project planning and fundraising work. See below these four logos.

2017 FRUIT TO BEAR MORE SEEDS IN 2018 

PSYDEH's sustained success is dependent on effective partnerships inspired by the "bottom-up development" truth that we are better together. For example, and thanks to 2017 success, we

  • have been selected as one of two Mexican NGOs and one of 19 global NGOs to work with the global Dentsu Aegis network of marketing and branding companies in 2018,

As exciting, PSYDEH recently enlisted Ms. Katie Freund, US Fulbright scholar, as our special projects coordinator. Ms. Freund, passionate about combining hard data and cultural studies to produce a sustainable impact, states, I am excited to join PSYDEH because I love this region and the people who live here. And PSYDEH embraces the cultural richness of the communities in which they work, building off the natural and human resources that already exist here. It’s amazing to get to work with a team that is so committed to creating innovative, sustainable impact from the bottom-up.

BIGGEST PUBLIC RELATIONS EVENT IN HISTORY

In late January 2018, PSYDEH was celebrated at a groundbreaking experience at La Cineteca Nacional de México, one of the most prestigious cinema centers in the world, produced by the innovative Colectivo Cine Social (CCS), with support from the Mexican federal government Secretaria de Cultura. See HERE for a video news story in Spanish on the experience by Xinhua News Agency.

The event took months to produce and was co-led by PSYDEH to offer 200+ Mexicans and foreigners from more than 8 countries a special screening of the new, highly-acclaimed film by director Ernesto Contreras: “Sueño en otro idioma” (Dream in another language), a panel discussion on indigenous rights, with a focus on the right of autonomy through language as key to sustainable development, and a post-event cultural experience.

The PR initiative is the most recent chapter in PSYDEH’s ongoing campaign to bridge urban and rural communities at the national and international level. And its another example of our leader-training methodology in action. As Marisela, panelist and PSYDEH indigenous women partner, says, “We as indigenous women have the same abilities, the same dreams, the same potential to be successful in life: we just lack the opportunities. And this event gives us the opportunity to have a voice, to tell our story, to speak directly to our country. “

Opening ceremony, 4th Public Forum of Native Women
Opening ceremony, 4th Public Forum of Native Women
Workshop, Leadership as Social Impact Tool
Workshop, Leadership as Social Impact Tool
PSYDEH, Mexican & Int
PSYDEH, Mexican & Int'l friends, Jan. PR event
PSYDEH, 1 of 19 Global NGOs, Route-to-Good project
PSYDEH, 1 of 19 Global NGOs, Route-to-Good project
Logo 1, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 1, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 2, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 2, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 3, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 3, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 4, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors
Logo 4, funded by GG "Fruits of Change" investors

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Dona Luisa, Otomi women, leader
Dona Luisa, Otomi women, leader

We refuse to let earthquakes, extreme weather and poverty stop us from progress.

Since our last report,

  • we completed our GlobalGiving (GG) campaign! 
  • Women partners confirm that our rights-based, bottom-up education and community organizing work is right and good. 
  • PSYDEH inches closer to delivering more returns on your investment.

WE'VE DONE IT!

When PSYDEH launched our GG "Fruits of Change" campaign in late-September 2016, we had few income streams, no donor base, no social media presence, and no history of, nor a story about, working with foreigners. Thanks to you, we’ve made strong progress in each of these areas. Your investment funds these actions highlighted in our June field report video. And we tell our powerful story to institutional funders, how a little Mexican NGO joined forces with citizens from 16 countries in four continents to resist the "wall talk" by joining native Mexican women to solve local problems. Doubt us? See our interactive donor puzzle and this AMAZING image for proof! 

OUR WORK, NATIVE WOMEN, RIGHT AND GOOD

Doña Luis Arroyo, the 67-year-old Otomí leader pictured above and a mighty force in our Umbrella Network of native women-led NGOs (Network), was scheduled to attend PSYDEH's first-ever public forum linking women with male government leaders on combating political gender violence. But, torrential rains converted the road to the Forum into an impassible landslide of mud and rock. Not one male official from her town made the trip. Doña Luisa was not deterred. Upon arrival, after hours of walking alone in her now-destroyed sandals, Luisa stated, "[a]s a leader of my community, our Network, there was no other option. I have the responsibility to be present at these actions no matter the challenges." 

HOW TO FISH...

You help us teach native women how to sustain their own impact. In early summer, we began the second GG project objective: empower each women-led NGO to produce its own vision, mission, values and unique history statement, organizational logo and a plan for their first pilot project, i.e., NGO sustainability training. Work commenced with appreciative inquiry of women leaders about their demands for this element. We continued into the Fall with the second and third of five planned two-day work sessions resulting in each NGO producing its own rough draft of strategic plans and logos. Upon objective completion in early 2018, each NGO will be ready to raise its own funds and produce projects. 

*WITH CAMPAIGN SUCCESS, this is our final GlobalGiving report. If you don't want future project reports sent directly from PSYDEH, send us an email @ unsubscribe@psydeh.com.

**TO LEARN MORE about 2017 returns and progress, be sure to check out PSYDEH's RECENT NEWS page.

¡Juntos Somos Mejores!

Otomi generations from San Bartolo Tutotepec
Otomi generations from San Bartolo Tutotepec
Nahua leader outlining her NGOs vision
Nahua leader outlining her NGOs vision
GG funded women-led NGO strengthening workshop
GG funded women-led NGO strengthening workshop

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Daughter of Nahua partner from Santa Ana Tzacuala
Daughter of Nahua partner from Santa Ana Tzacuala

It's official. 

As highlighted in this new VIDEO FIELD REPORT, YOU are making a sustainable impact in Mexico!

Over the last three months,

  1. WE delivered the first concrete return on your investment.
  2. Native women are making exciting progress.
  3. PSYDEH has celebrated big wins, as NGO and with our GlobalGiving campaign.

CONCRETE RETURN 

In late spring, your donation helped us complete an initiative to strengthen indigenous women participation in Mexico's democratic system (see HERE for our highlight video in Spanish). Then, we united hundreds of women with local NGOs and elected officials at a regional public forum to discuss why women must participate in the electoral process and sustainable development ideas.

WOMEN PROGRESS

With each passing month, more women partners show the power of our bottom-up education and organizing model. For example, in 2016, Marisela, 29yrs old and from Santa Ana Tzacuala, a past workshop participant and leader of the women's umbrella network of organizations (Network), ran for mayor, promoted our work nationally and built pilot projects in her community while helping to link other Network members to more micro-enterprise projects. In 2017, she continues to build, and link women colleagues to, local projects while pursuing a fellowship to attend a United Nations leader seminar in Madrid, Spain for indigenous leaders. By design, women like Marisela (who can be seen below addressing the Public Forum) direct our project design and implementation and sustain progress beyond our work.

BIG WINS

PSYDEH has just been awarded another prize by the Mexican federal government to answer women partners' demands to learn more about, and overcome male sexism in, Mexico's electoral process.

Our "Fruits of Change" campaign is in its third quarter and continues to innovate to achieve our monetary goal. For example, today, June 28, PSYDEH is selected from among Global Giving's 3000 projects to headline their home page. Moreover, we partner with USA youth who plant seeds for fruits of change, in Mexico and the USA.

Lastly, in pursuit of more, high-quality returns on your investment in 2017 and beyond, PSYDEH grows its majority-women team based in and out of the Region.

TO LEARN MORE about 2017 returns, progress and wins, be sure to follow our Recent News page.

¡Juntos Somos Mejores!

Marisela, regional Nahua leader
Marisela, regional Nahua leader
Otomi leaders at workshop on why women & democracy
Otomi leaders at workshop on why women & democracy

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Regional leader addressing government leaders
Regional leader addressing government leaders

We send this Special Edition Report to highlight a unique opportunity and new success. 

OPPORTUNITY 

To grow our investor network and link American and Mexican young people, we've created a new partnership with a group of US high school students who launch this week the first of their roaming Mexican coffee shops to offer win-win experiences for investors like you.

*Should you want to join our novel collaboration, all donations between $10 and $50 made through COB Friday will be matched by 50%. 

**All recurring donations made for a four-month term will have the fourth donation matched by 200%.

SUCCESS

We recently produced two important actions.

In mid-March, PSYDEH linked regional women leaders with a Mexican federal government project educating citizens on their rights around the protection of personal data. The collaboration was strategically timed such that our rural partners see themselves as (1) actors addressing practical challenges of the modern age and (2) informed leaders sharing lessons learned with their local communities. 

On March 24, we produced the third Regional Public Forum to unite women around shared challenges. There, 200 indigenous leaders from across the Region joined local NGO and elected government officials to constructively discuss sustainable development. Like the 1st and 2nd Forums, this meeting linked regional women with foreign (Mexico, Canada and the United States) and national-based women (6 different Mexican states), but with a particular focus on how and why women can participate in Mexico's democracy.  

- Little-by-Little, Juntos Somos Mejores (We are Stronger Together) -

Break-out discussions, women
Break-out discussions, women's development agenda
Native Veracruz leader speaks of women in politics
Native Veracruz leader speaks of women in politics
Leader sharing learning on rights to private data
Leader sharing learning on rights to private data
Women leaders in Forum-wide trust circle
Women leaders in Forum-wide trust circle
Forum Opening Ceremony
Forum Opening Ceremony

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Augustina (left), activity on strategy building
Augustina (left), activity on strategy building

Three months have passed since we last spoke. Then, we celebrated our passing the $10,000 mark in our campaign to $15,000 while highlighting myriad big wins in 2016 and strategic planning for our 2017 work.

Since today is international women's day (on which all donations to PSYDEH are matched), we think it a good time to share our second report. 

FUNDRAISING UPDATE

Among a few creative strategies for reaching our full fundraising goal, we now link Global Giving’s forthcoming April campaign "Little by Little" to our novel partnership with high school students in Ohio, USA. They want to produce a roaming coffee shop to build bridges between Mexicans and Americans. We think this is a great idea. ¡Adelante!

YOUR DONATION & IMPACT

Since mid-December 2016, your donation has helped us to:

  • FULFILL women's demands for a tool to help them share learning in their communities.

Anectodally, Augustina, the regional leader pictured above, recently explained how ongoing work is challenging and rewarding. "PSYDEH invites us to make many changes and to be a part of a process bigger than ourselves. This is not normal but good. I've learned a lot of helpful things. For example, I had no idea that Mexican citizens have the legal right to demand to see and comment on the local government's development plan. Now I know. This information makes me feel powerful." 

WHAT's NEXT

Our third report in June 2017 will cover progress around our (1) novel work to use story telling as leader development tool, (2) support of women and their NGOs to solve their own challenges, and (3) using action learning methods to help women plan the solution to a regional challenge.

Balbina, Nahau leader of the regional NGO
Balbina, Nahau leader of the regional NGO
Dona Luisa, Otomi leader of the regional NGO
Dona Luisa, Otomi leader of the regional NGO
Workshop, women autonomy & citizen participation
Workshop, women autonomy & citizen participation
Work session, Regional leaders & public agenda
Work session, Regional leaders & public agenda
Workshop, participating in Mexico
Workshop, participating in Mexico's democracy

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Psicologia y Derechos Humanos PSYDEH A.C.

Location: Santiago Tulantepec - Mexico
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Project Leader:
Damon Taylor
Mexico City, D.F. Mexico
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