PSYDEH, apolitical by design, understands that citizens living in democracies must constructively engage the political system. Citizens can build their own civil society institutions. They can unite around specific development policy recommendations based on rights and their own development agenda. Or they can run for office themselves.
For example, Marisela Romero Cruz, 29 years old and on a leave of absence from PSYDEH work, heads the PT party (Partido del Trabajo) ticket to be the first female President of her municipality of Acaxochitlán.
PSYDEH doesn’t actively promote Marisela or the PT party (or any party), nor do we lobby government. We do, however, support her work as citizen leader and encourage other Network women leaders to do the same.
Here, Marisela is stumping for votes in her native language of Nahuatl within the 100% indigenous community of San Francisco during the week prior to June 5 elections. Final results have yet to be published.