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Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government

by Espiral por la Vida, A.C.
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Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
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Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Empowers 100 Zapotec women to be government
Sharing strategies at a distance
Sharing strategies at a distance

Dear friends and benefactors of Espiral por la Vida:

We greet you in the hope that you will be healthy and in your family!

On this occasion, we are going to take advantage of this communication space to inform you about the actions that our organization has been carrying out in this period marked by the pandemic and the confinement, of which the indigenous communities and in particular, the women with whom we work, far from relegating themselves to a secondary or expectant role towards what the authorities give them, have exercised a protagonist presence, leading the actions of protection and preservation of their communities.

From our organization, we have implemented communication strategies that allow us to continue with the work of training, skills development and capacity transfer in the participants of the project, within a framework of respect towards the health measures dictated by the Health Authorities in our State, but without neglecting this collaborative work:

1) Sessions through Zoom to continue with the training on a biweekly basis, addressing different topics that allow for a beneficial association between the activities they are carrying out such as the cultivation of their land and that, in addition to subsistence, allow for the creation of sources of employment and the possibility of organizing regional organic markets.

2) Moodle Platform where they have adapted courses on topics in rights: food, education and a life free of violence; emphasizing at this stage, food security: the right to access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their needs and according to the food preferences of their culture to lead an active and healthy life.

3) Creation of Whatsapp groups in order to maintain constant communication between the compañeras and municipalities.

4) Social networks and website, we are sharing relevant information: statistical data, news, links to research or useful recommendations.

Putting these strategies into practice has allowed women to develop new skills that allow them to bridge the gaps of inequality that exist in their indigenous communities, including access to technology. This last one has made more difficult the work we do, however, far from discouraging us, we try to innovate by learning and sharing with our partners, the way to solve these problems: learning in different platforms, how to install and use them in different devices, etc.

The work with our partners in the indigenous communities of the Sierra Norte has left us with great lessons, because in the face of the economic, political and educational disadvantages that they have maintained for centuries; in situations such as the one we are currently experiencing, it is our indigenous peoples who show their social conscience, developing networks of solidarity, support and mutual help to maintain and protect the health of the entire population, putting collective well-being before their individual needs.

Showing the strength of their social fabric and exposing the characteristics of why their millenary culture transmitted through generations, is capable of moving forward through respect for community rules, the common good and food sovereignty, since it is the indigenous communities, who far from worrying about how they will feed themselves; they occupied their plots, their fields, are eating what they harvested and continue to sow, because as they mention: "it is a time of great learning because we can realize the relevance that agriculture acquires, the cultivation of our lands that allows us to have food self-sufficiency; it is the return to the land, the pleasure of dedicating time to our crops".

We'd love to hear from you!

All the best,

Espiral por la Vida, A.C.

Training of indigenous authorities
Training of indigenous authorities
Sharing strategies at a distance
Sharing strategies at a distance

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Training session on women's rights
Training session on women's rights

Dear friends and benefactors of Spiral for Life:

 

We greet you in the hope that you will be happy and fulfilled!

 

We would like to take advantage of this communication space to share with you the strategies that we have been implementing in our public policy advocacy, training and leadership development programs.

During the month of January, training activities were carried out regarding political agreements, strategic alliances and affirmative actions to reduce gender inequality gaps, benefiting 104 women who are currently holding a government position or will soon do so.

We consider that the lessons learned are useful tools to reaffirm their leadership, integrate support networks that allow them to influence the development of their region.

Likewise, activities have been carried out to raise awareness on issues of violence against women, so that in the exercise of their functions they are able to replicate these actions and contribute to the reduction of this problem that afflicts our society.

In 6 municipalities of the Sierra Juàrez, the councillors are supporting Youth Rights Promotion Teams that have been formed to promote the exercise of the rights of girls, boys and young people.

In this way, women who hold municipal posts and form part of the project become defenders of rights in their communities, which is why the Observatory for the Political Rights of Women in the Sierra Juarez is providing them with comprehensive education on issues ranging from economic solidarity to emotional support.

Without a doubt, the generation of knowledge and skills are the best tools for building gender equality and a more just society, which would not be possible without their generosity.

 

We'd love to hear from you!

 

All the best,

 

Espiral por la Vida, A.C.

At the University of the Sierra Juarez
At the University of the Sierra Juarez
With the participation of girls from CONNAD
With the participation of girls from CONNAD
Working to care for women human rights defenders
Working to care for women human rights defenders
Ana, indigenous woman and past councilwoman.
Ana, indigenous woman and past councilwoman.
Lucia, training at the Observatory
Lucia, training at the Observatory
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Training meeting for women from the Sierra Juarez
Training meeting for women from the Sierra Juarez

Dear friends and benefactors of Espiral por la Vida:

We hope this communication finds you very well, happy, healthy and full in your accomplishments!

Today we want to share with you the story of Elizabeth, Councilwoman of the Municipality of San Miguel Amatlán, who has worked tenaciously in her community to strengthen education in childhood and adolescence. Among her achievements, she has added more women to the Observatory of Political Rights of Women in the Sierra Juarez, recognizing this collective as a space for great learning, and has also integrated a network of women in her municipality. She mentions that regardless of the termination of her position, she will continue to work for her community, promoting participation in public spaces and decision making for women, acknowledges that "...beyond personal learning, the most important thing is the collaboration and contributions that we can give to our community and to other woman" . Without a doubt, Elizabeth is an example of perseverance and tenacity.

Did you know that your generosity has spread to 140 women who are trained to defend their rights to political participation, know fundamental elements of municipal government management, learn to lower federal resources for projects that encourage education and reduce inequality gaps?

The Diploma in Gender and Municipal Management (3ª. Emisión) is currently being developed, in alliance with the University of Sierra Juárez, in which 101 women are registered, where the principles of democratic education, government management with a rights perspective, social organization and "digital literacy" are set out, providing them with security in their government positions and allowing the use of technology to take advantage of support to municipalities from governments and/or private instances.

We'd love to hear from you!

 All the best,

 Espiral por la Vida, A.C.

 

Eli, Councilwoman of San Miguel Amatlan
Eli, Councilwoman of San Miguel Amatlan
Women learning in the Observatory
Women learning in the Observatory
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Dear Donors and Partners in the Project 

Espiral por la Vida, Civil Association (Espiral) would like to thank you for your contributions to last June's Accelerator Campaign through GlobalGiving. Since we began this year's 2019 stage of the project "Empowering 100 Zapotec Women to be Government", donors like yourselves have given us the capacity to continue working with indigenous women for a more just and equitable development of their communities in Oaxaca, Mexico.

How your donation helps our project:

Your contribution has enabled us to help promote training for 100 indigenous women in 15 municipalities of Oaxaca, so they can develop their own objectives and strategies for change and to make the defence of their rights the basis for achieving development objectives in their communities.

To date we have: 

 

  • Contact and sensitization of Authorities of 12 Municipalities of the Sierra Juarez of Oaxaca, who have shown interest and willingness to support and train women in their communities to feel confident to participate in political life and decision-making in favor of the inhabitants of their communities. 
  • Development of a pioneering initiative to create and strengthen a Citizens' Observatory of Women's Political Rights in the Sierra Juárez de Oaxaca, with the integration of 20 women from 10 municipalities.  Supporting the creation of this network of networks is a fundamental effort to achieve greater inclusion of women in participation in the political life of communities in the Region. It is a unique Observatory, the first of its kind in the State of Oaxaca.
  • We are supporting about 34 women, community leaders for the integration of support networks for women in municipal positions.- These communities are governed by their indigenous normative systems - "usos y costumbres" - and in most cases having a representative position is understood as providing a service to the community, with a duration of between 1 year and 1 year and a half; when they are just understanding the functions of their position... they have to stop!  The proposal to generate community networks will make it possible to train all its members, to be able to continue the proposals, that who are elected and the network will accompany them and makes their own these incipient policies in favor of women and even make them customary. 
  • A six-monthly work plan has been drawn up, in which the third Diploma in Gender and Municipal Management has been established, which to be held in October, has been established in order to strengthen the training process for women leaders and  who hold government positions in their municipalities.

 

Once again, we are grateful for your continued support. You can find more information about our work on our website or by communicating with us through our email platforms or social networks.

We'd love to hear from you!  

All the best, 

Espiral por la Vida, A.C.

 

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Espiral por la Vida, A.C.

Location: Oaxaca de Juarez - Mexico
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Project Leader:
Blanca Castañón Canals
Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca Mexico
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