The Region’s indigenous women are valued decision-makers and leaders of PSYDEH. Current program work reflects their demands. And women partners are empowered through an “indigenous woman to indigenous woman” methodology for change and the aforementioned integration of partner demands.

Marisela Romero Cruz, a Nahautl speaking community organizer based in Acaxochitlán, Hidalgo was program participant in 2013 and joined PSYDEH in 2014 to facilitate workshops and organize women in her municipality. In 2015, she advised on program design and coordinated the Umbrella Network’s activities. She also gave workshops on Cooperative strategic planning and economics and sustainable development. Now, she runs for the office of President of her municipality (and therefore has taken a leave of absence from the Movement’s leadership positions).

Nayelica Lazcano Bernardino, an Otomí speaking leader based in Huehuetla, Hidalgo joined PSYDEH in 2014 to facilitate workshops and organize women in her municipality. She continues as workshop facilitator on education and sustainable development, advises PSYDEH on program design and is the interim president of the Regional Indigenous Women Citizen Advocacy Board.