Empowering Indigenous Women Through Education and Leadership
Problem Statement: In many rural and often isolated Indigenous communities in Mexico, a subsistence economy perpetuates poverty, gender inequality, and a lack of civic engagement opportunities leading to corruption and ineffective government. In rural Hidalgo, where PSYDEH works, most people have limited or no access to phones or the internet. 86% of the population lives below the poverty line, and women typically make less than $50 per month. In such an inequitable environment, Indigenous women lack opportunities to lead in their communities, let alone work to address pervasive issues like inequality gaps.
PSYDEH Solution: PSYDEH has responded to gender inequality in partnership with Indigenous women in rural Hidalgo through experiential-education programming. Often aligned with short-term impact activities, consisting of interrelated community projects, PSYDEH invests in women as leaders to face inequality. Specifically, PSYDEH facilitates educational workshops serving thousands of Indigenous women and men on topics including individual and communal autonomy building, human rights, civic leadership skills, and electoral processes.
Team4Tech PSYDEH Impact Goals: PSYDEH has created a women-centric and community-led sustainable development model to bring innovative information and communication technologies to the Global South. Team4Tech’s partnership with PSYDEH will assist them in expanding their portfolio to include more ICT solutions into their programs and improving linkage and connectivity to their hubs to enhance outreach to potential women partners who are more isolated in rural areas.