Volunteers working in the migrant shelter in Celaya, Guanajuato, attend a workshop to learn about their role as human rights defenders and their responsibilities to strengthen the security of the transmigrants in Mexico. They were also trained to raise awareness among the local population on the issue of human rights violation. (Photo: Oxfam Mexico)
- Population: 121 million (July 2015 est.)
- Human Development Index: 74 (among 188 countries)
- GDP per capita: US$18,000 (2014 est.)
- Population below poverty line: 52.3% (2012 est.)
Sources: CIA – The World Factbook (as of 30 December, 2015), Human Development Report 2015
Oxfam in Mexico
Oxfam formally began its work in Mexico in 2007 as an ally and observer. At the time, it closely cooperated with an organisation which was then called Faces and Voices as both organisations wanted to create a more just society. In 2008, Faces and Voices joined the Oxfam confederation and became Oxfam Mexico. This strategic move has strengthened Oxfam Mexico as a national organisation to enhance its capacity and influence other civil societies and the government. Oxfam Hong Kong began working together with Oxfam Mexico in 2014 and is now supporting five active programmes in the country.
Our work's focus
|Gender justice – Promote women's economic equality, empower them to protect their rights, and ensure their access to social and political spaces.|
|Active citizenship – Strengthen democratic systems through citizen participation, and the assessment of the government and private sector's actions.|
|Secure livelihoods – Increase the food and income security of the most marginalised people through increased resilience of their communities and livelihoods, and their resistance to humanitarian crises.|
|Urban poverty – Enhance the capacity and security of migrant shelters and human rights defenders working with transmigrants in contexts of insecurity.|
Impact of our work
In the past, it was difficult for Eneida to take part in a government programme because of male chauvinism and discrimination. In 2014, she joined the Sustainable Land Management programme supported by Oxfam Mexico and Oxfam Hong Kong. Since then, she has become the leader of a community committee for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and helped develop a community DRR plan. Together with other female villagers, she has created a women’s organiaation that promotes gender equality in order to prevent discrimination and foster social spaces for women in the community.