Women attending the Community Legal Advisor Diploma Certification in Oaxaca, Mexico, January 2010.

 

The first class of certified Community Legal Advisors in their traditional regional dresses.

 

Consorcio’s Director Ana María Hernández Cárdenas at the launch of the Diploma Certification program the University of Autonomia “Benito Juarez” of Oaxaca in July 2009.

 

Grantee name: Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C.

Mission: The mission of Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C. is to contribute to the achievement of full rights for women as citizens, necessary for a just, plural, and equal society, and for the strengthening of the rule of law. To this end they work on:

  • Promoting civic participation for a democratic, just and inclusive society.
  • Participating in feminist and women’s networks and promoting alliances with civil society organizations in order to put an end to the violation of human rights and violence against women.
  • Strengthening the organization and leadership of indigenous, mestizas, rural and urban women so as to: defend their rights, fight against gendered violence and promote their participation in decision making in all sectors of society.

Location: Oaxaca, Mexico

Website: www.consorciooaxaca.org.mx

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/consorciooaxaca

Channel Grants: In 2016 Channel made a grant to Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C. to support institutional strengthening to prevent and end gender based violence (GBV), to provide legal assistance and accompaniment for victims of GBV, and on integrated protection (which includes self-care and well-being) for women human rights defenders in Oaxaca, Mexico. (2016)

In 2015 Channel made a grant to Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C. to support their work on gender based violence and on integrated protection for women human rights defenders in Oaxaca, Mexico. Consorcio will support and accompany women who are victims of gender based violence for their empowerment and access to justice. In addition, Consorcio will work to improve integrated protection mechanisms, in particular the security and self-care of their lawyers, community legal advisers, and staff to ensure the sustainability and strengthening of womens’ movements for the defense of human rights. (2015)

In 2014 Channel made a grant to Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C. in order to support the prevention of violence, and the accompaniment and empowerment ofyoung female victims of male violence in Oaxaca in their legal processes in the search for justice; and the capacity building of individuals and of Consorcio's team as a whole to make their violence against women work sustainable. (2014)

In 2013 Channel made a grant to Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C. in order to support three capacity building processes in 2014. Consorcio (1) continued providing legal and emotional support through the Community Legal Advisor and Assistants program to young women in the indigenous communities of the Mixe region; (2) disseminated information to influence the public about violence against women and feminicide; and (3) strengthened the capacity of the Consorcio Oaxaca with training in building a feminist agenda. (2013)

From 2010 to 2012 Channel made grants to Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C. to support the Community Legal Advisor Training Project which fought gender-based violence (GBV) in several indigenous Mixe communities in Oaxaca. Consorcio Oaxaca trained volunteer assistants to help the Community Legal Advisors; increased the coordination between the Advisors and community authorities; increased participation of community authorities in building awareness of the need for prevention of violence against women; and built awareness raising campaigns about eradicating GBV. (2010, 2011, 2012)

Starting in 2009, Channel made grants to Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C. for the purposes of supporting women’s human rights in Oaxaca, Mexico via the Community Legal Advisor Training Project. The Community Legal Advisor Training Project trains indigenous Mixe women from various communities in Oaxaca to become legal advisors and provide consultation to women victims of violence in their community. The Legal Advisor Training Program functions as a part of Consorcio Oaxaca’s overarching goal to create a network of women leaders to defend their rights as well as confront violence against women in Mixe communities. Through the Community Legal Advisor Training Program, indigenous women receive a certified diploma upon completion of six months of legal training. A follow up series includes workshops in basic psychology and counseling skills as well as computer skills in order to complement their legal skills. 

In 2010, four two-day training workshops provided space for all Community Legal Advisors to reflect on their experiences, share the cases of violence in their communities, challenges and strategies used in their work. The convenings also offered additional training on emotional support, and advocacy with institutions to obtain justice, among others.

Each of the ten communities received visits twice a month from Consorcio Oaxaca’s human rights lawyer who provided follow up support to the Community Legal Advisors, interviewed the local authorities to establish mechanisms for attending to cases of violence, and offered management support to strengthen the community. (2009)

Publication: In June 2011 Consorcio Oaxaca presented a new publication, "The Development of Community Legal Advisors to Address Gender Violence: A Proposed Methodology" at a public gathering in Oaxaca. This document is the result of a systematized process that combined the work of legal advisors in their respective communities and is intended to support other organizations that decide to develop a formative process in the legal field and work with women to fight against gender based violence.

Photos courtesy of Consorcio Oaxaca.