The Hunger Project Mourns the Loss of a Committed Women's Leader

Cecilia Loría Saviñon

Cecilia Loría Saviñon, former member of The Hunger Project's Global Board of Directors, passed away on December 8th after a long struggle with cancer.

Cecilia was a respected advocate of Mexico's feminist movement for over 20 years and a committed government official. She was instrumental in creating openings for The Hunger Project-Mexico's partnership with government at all levels.

On November 25, 2008, she was awarded the 2008 Hermila Galindo Prize by the Human Rights Commission of the Federal District (CDHDF) for her outstanding lifetime career devoted to defending and promoting human rights and gender equity, including the training of new leaders to build a free and democratic society.

As head of INDESOL (National Institute of Solidarity), which is affiliated with the Ministry of Social Development in Mexico, Cecilia designed and operated gender programs with several state governments.

Cecilia played an active role on The Hunger Project's board through 2007 until she needed to focus her energies on fighting cancer. Her leadership and partnership in the work of The Hunger Project was a demonstration of our shared commitment to the end of hunger and poverty. Her passing is not only a great loss for Mexico, but to us all.