Indigenous and Afro-Latina women media workers will come together in Mexico next month to exchange experiences on common challenges as minority women in the media industry.
The “Meeting of Indigenous and Afro-Descendent Communicators,” an array of workshops, projects and roundtables, is expected to bring together 80 female photographers, video producers, cinematographers and journalists in the Mexican state of Oaxaca between Oct. 6 and 10.
It is the second time that the event is organized with the intention to create a meeting space for Indigenous and Afro-Latina women to learn and exchange from each other’s experiences when standing at the intersections of gender, race and ethnicity in the media world.
“We are going to have various tables that will invoke challenges to Indigenous women; how to send messages from our collectivity, from the people we belong to, the organization we are from, and the commitments we have in the spaces that are communicative,” Guadalupe Martínez, co-organizer of the event, told NotiMex.
The meeting, which will include the participation of representative members of Alliance of Indigenous Women of Central America and Mexico, and from the Directory of Original Peoples and Indo-Afro-American relations of Argentina, will show participants that “we all fit, we can talk here about interculturality,” Martinez said.
For Zenaida, coordinator of Program of Indigenous Women, it will be an opportunity to truly highlight the challenges members of her community face in the media industry.
“If we review the diagnosis of the situation that Indigenous women live in their very communication collectives, the challenge is to first to overcome that gap and then to achieve a platform that female communicators can access, so that later we can discuss the challenges, and from there build new discourses and concepts," Perez said.