PSYDEH’s unprecedented regional forum series unites women across cultural and geographic boundaries around commonalities and solutions to shared problems.
The 1st FORUM brought together over 125 indigenous and non-indigenous Mexicans and citizens from New Zealand, the USA and Canada in Acaxochitlán, Hidalgo. There, indigenous women leaders created the framework for their novel Regional Development Agenda from a focus of human rights while formally charging 20 of their own to begin organizing the first ever Women Leader Board (or Organization) of the Sierra Otomí-Tepehua Region.
In the 2nd FORUM, 225+ indigenous citizens and friends from Mexico City, Russia, and the USA marked the end of 2015 work in Acaxochitlán, Hidalgo by tightening their rights-based agenda and announcing the legal formation of a network of one Regional women-led organization and four additional women-led, local-focused organizations and a regional cooperative.
The 3rd FORUM joined over 200 regional indigenous citizens and friends from Mexico, Canada, andthe USA in Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo. Women leaders learned from other women public leaders on why and how women can participate in Mexico’s democracy while they promoted their own development agenda as a guide for the nascent women’s Network’s work to build their own projects to solve local problems. See this field-report video on 3rd forum success.
The most recent 4th FORUM in Huehuetla, Hidalgo commemorated “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women” by bridging more than 200 women from across the Region with local government officials and PSYDE friends from Italy, the USA, Brazil and Mexico City. There, PSYDEH, in collaboration with indigenous women leaders and their new network of NGOs, Programa Proequidad INMUJERES, the US Foundation Global Giving and local municipal governments, built and expanded on the progress made in the previous three regional forums, highlighted by the formal release of the unprecedented Huehuetla Declaration of 2017, a document stating women’s demands and proposals for the well-being of their communities.