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Janett Lucio

Mano Amiga de la Costa Chica AC

Mexico

Feminist, consultant in social innovation, human rights, gender perspective and entrepreneurship projects. Program Officer for Mano Amiga de la Costa Chica A.C., Member of Aúna and Chinampa MX. Columnist member of “La CDMX” journal.
She studied International Relations, has a master’s degree in public administration and studies in leadership and management skills, as well as in history of feminism.
She was a catalyst for the Global League of Intrapreneurs in Mexico. She worked as Jorge Castañeda Gutman's Private Secretary. She was advisor for Multilateral Affairs at the Mexican Ministry of Tourism.
She was a member of the Board of Directors and Technical Council of the Foundation for the Territorial Development of the Texcoco Region. She worked as Public Relations Assistant Coordinator at the Education for Entrepreneurs Foundation. Member of the Mexican Media Association.
Advisor to the Presidency of the Mexican Export, Investment and Technology Council (COMCE) in the State of Mexico and of the Business Coordinating Council of the State of Mexico.

Janett Lucio

About
Me.

What is your story?

What drives your work?

When I was a child, I dreamed of a better world and read my favorite writers thinking that one day I wanted to see my name printed in those books.

I was a girl who lived her entire childhood and part of her youth in a small town, my world was small, but my desire to improve was always big. For me, a better world is a world where differences do not exist because and people live with the best version of themselves.

When I grew up, I realized two things. The first is that there were many aspects that prevented everyone from living a good life: poverty, inequality, racism, violence, hunger, lack of educational opportunities and a great difference in employment opportunities. On the other hand, I realized that the great power I had lay in my ability to listen to those problems, and in finding leaders that I could join and help to improve their environments.

I understood that accompanying is an invaluable tool and that all people have an enormous capacity and spirit to find their own world of possibilities. I realize now that of course I can't represent all those voices, but I can be side by side with them to help them developed their own better environment.

I have always thought that we come to this world and this life to live and learn many things constantly, deconstruct ideas, build ties, build bridges and better possibilities, which is why I have gotten involved in various projects and various activities that allow me to achieve a much better vision to complete this mission.

Describe your biggest strength as a leader

My greatest strength as a leader is my ability to develop collaborative work. With my empathy, I actively listen to all the voices of the people involved not only professionally, but also personally, and allows me to connect with them and do a very much better teamwork, intersectional and integral and move forward harmoniously and safely.

Describe your biggest challenge as a leader

My biggest challenge as a leader is letting go. Many times I consider that personally I am so committed to challenges that I put aside self-care to take care of other people, which has affected me on some occasions physically and emotionally.

About the
Organization
and the Project.

Sector

Not-for-profit

Vision & Mission

Mission: Seek and promote the recognition, social justice and development of the Afro-Mexican people and their women, young people and girls through relevant actions of peaceful visibility and engaging in dialogue with different government agencies, as well as with international bodies; promote the preservation of our ancestral knowledge.

Vision: That Afro-Mexican women, young people, adolescents and girls know their rights and exercise them to overcome racism and discrimination in Mexico.

Objective: Promote the recognition, justice and social, cultural and economic development of the Afro-Mexican people, ensuring the defense and promotion of human rights, as well as eliminating racism and discrimination, prioritizing the participation of Afro-Mexican girls, adolescents, young people and women. .

Year Founded

2006

No. of Employees

3

Years in the Organization

2 years

Annual Budget (USD)

$30,000

Geographical Area Served

South Mexico that includes de follow states: Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas and Yucatán.

Organizational /

Project Description

General Objective:
Decentralize information around the care system, from an anti-racist intersectionality approach, because historically, Afro-descendant women in the Americas, our work and life has been to serve other people, and generate and systematize our own narratives. on the matter of care in Afro-Mexican women in Guerrero, taking into account that our rights as Afro-Mexican people were recognized in 2019.
For this reason, Mano Amiga will begin this project in Guerrero as the main area of ​​influence and will have a significant impact in Oaxaca due to its territorial proximity and the fact that in this state with a significant Afro-Mexican presence, and that most of us do not know what are care systems? We consider that it is important to start in the Afro-Mexican territories in both Guerrero and Oaxaca, due to the deep patriarchy and the lack of adequate education and also taking into account that a health system and mental health is not a priority for the State either.
Generating good practices, both in raising awareness regarding care, will help us build an intervention model in Afro-Mexican rural areas not only in these states but in the country.

Specific objectives:
- Build our own anti-racist, rural and feminist narratives on the subject of care for Afro-Mexican women. Traditionally, communication strategies on care systems are built from the center, that is, from the cities and under monocultural models that do not take into account the diversity of realities that make up the country's multiculturalism. This takes on particular relevance in the case of the Afro-Mexican people, due to their historical invisibility. In this situation, we seek to build an Afro-centered model, which has as protagonists the voices, realities, territories and faces of Afro-Mexicanness. Regarding the dissemination of the strategies, the traditional media of the communities will be taken into account to guarantee the effective flow of information.
- Strengthen the articulation from the community of Afro-Mexican women in matters of care. Taking into account that due to the inequality gaps faced in the territories, community networks are the best tool for disseminating rights and thereby advancing their exercise. In addition to this, the exchange of good practices between groups in the country and Latin America is intended.

Why is this project important and timely?

What is the target population of your project? 

Currently there are 2,576,213 Afro-Mexican people in our country.
Guerrero is the state with the highest density of Afro-Mexican population; The Costa Chica has 5 mostly Afro-Mexican municipalities in which we intend to focus and work the care agenda.

How will you know that you have achieved that impact? What data will you use to assess your impact?

To assess the impact we will see the violence reports and programs in the area, also working with local authorities, we will recollect information necessary to developed a data.
The INEGI reports.

How do you anticipate this unique leadership education impacting you personally? What new skills are you hoping too develop & grow through this experience?

The ability to boost my voice fearlessly, the accompanying of a group of experts that care about of our goals is a unique experience.
It will be a life changing experience.

Where would you like to see yourself professionally in the next 3 years?

Enhancing more project for Afromexican Women, developing rural schools with intersectional approach and preparing women in sustainable and circular economy in this states.

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