Though the 12th largest economy in the world, Mexico faces high levels of poverty in rural areas and states with large indigenous populations. Within the estimated 25.2 million people in rural Mexico, 51 percent live in poverty and 18 percent live in extreme poverty. The Hunger Project has been active in Mexico since 1983. We carry out a gender-focused capacity building strategy in rural municipios in four states.
Each year, The Hunger Project joins billions of people around the world in celebrating International Women's Day (IWD) to honor and raise a voice for women around the world. Particularly relevant given recent violent acts against women, this year's IWD theme was “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” On March 8, 2013, thousands of women and men partnered with The Hunger Project around the world to advocate for equality, prosperity and empowerment for all women – see how.
THP-Mexico encourages both personal and collective autonomy through trainings that empower community partners to rely less on direct government transactions and increase their skills for self-negotiation, income generation and the improvement of the quality of their lives.
Since February, Lorena Vázquez Ordaz, Country Director of The Hunger Project-Mexico, has been working alongside other international civil society organizations in creating policy recommendations on green growth and sustainable development for G20 leaders. Lorena actively participated in the recent G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.