With program success, we envision informed women citizens individually and together championing government transparency and accountability around such issues as the protection and enforcement of rights to indigenous and communal lands, as well as the private sector’s access to resources on and in these lands.
We confront three hurdles to realizing this vision:
(1) little coordination between government authorities protecting citizens’ rights to use communal property (ejido system) and indigenous land,
(2) low levels of citizen participation and a regional culture where indigenous communities do not collaborate with one another to solve problems, and
(3) little understanding and appreciation of women leaders’ role as powerful stewards of land and the environment.
Ongoing work to overcome these hurdles includes how we educate women leaders (and male and youth in 2019) on rights and responsibilities and the disciplines needed to use them for collective wellbeing. We co-build with these citizens the civil society mechanisms—Advisory organizations, Development Agenda, Regional Cooperative, processes for reviewing government development plans and public forums—to coordinate and sustain citizen participation.