This book brings together the experiences and lessons learned from five civil society organizations (CSOs) whose work is related to the health of indigenous women in Mexico. While these CSOs work directly with communities and (intentionally or not) carry out advocacy activities, each organization has specific characteristics, depending on its history, its membership profile, its cultural resources, and the social and economic conditions in the region(s) where it works.
Given the evidence of the lack of equality in the attention given to the health of the indigenous population, and in recognition of the roles CSOs can play to improve it, Alternativas y Capacidades A.C. identified and addressed the opportunity of documenting the potential of CSOs and the level of influence they have achieved in national, state, and local politics to advance indigenous women’s health. To achieve this goal, a team of researchers and members of CSOs with experience on the subject collaborated to produce this book.
Dra. Clara Juárez Ramírez is a researcher and professor at the Center for Research in Health Systems of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico.
Dr. Felipe Hevia de la Jara is a researcher and professor at Mexico’s Center for Research and Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS)-Unidad Golfo. He has written more than 30 articles and books.
Ana Eugenia López Ricoy graduated in international relations and regional studies. She held a research internship at the Institute of Development Studies at the London School of Economics and was an associate researcher with Alternativas y Capacidades from 2010 to 2012. Currently, she works for the organization Gender and Development in Mexico.
Laura Georgina Freyermuth Joffre graduated in political science from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She collaborates with various Mexican civil society organizations conducting community workshops.