2019 Coady Leader Fellows
Date and Time: November 8th 1-2:00 pm Location: AA160
Speakers: Rosa Marina Flores Cruz, Mexico and Shirley Kimmayong, Philippines
Rosa Marina Flores Cruz was born in Juchitán, Oaxaca, México. She holds a Master’s degree in Rural Development and a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science. She is an activist of the Assembly of Indigenous People of the Isthmus in Defense of the Land and Territory since 2011, working for the empowerment of indigenous women and men for human, in particular women’s and indigenous rights, with a focus on land rights, agrarian rights and environmental education. Rosa was part of the reconstruction process after the earthquake in 2017 with restoration projects focus on improving the situation of indigenous women.
She has investigated the socio-environmental impacts of the energy transition model in Mexico and the renewable energy megaprojects in rural and indigenous communities. Since late 2018, she is an environmental and gender community project coordinator for Yansa Foundation, an international organization for autonomy in renewable energy projects in Mexico.
In April of this year, Rosa was part of one general assembly of the National Indigenous Congress, sharing the experience of the communities of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec about Free, Prior and Informed Consent. The assemblies gather indigenous women and men from the 63 ethnic groups in Mexico to organize strategies to defense the indigenous communities and their communitarian life.
Shirley Kimmayong, Philippines
Shirley Kimmayong is an aspiring changemaker for indigenous peoples. She hails from Ifugao province in the Philippines. She belongs to the Ifugao indigenous group particularly Ayangan and Kalanguya. She is the first child of 10 children from a poor family. Kimmayong finished her undergraduate degree, supported by scholarships, at the University of the Cordilleras – BCF in Baguio City with the degree of AB in Mass Communications as Cum Laude. She has an MA in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies at the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and a second MA in Political Science with a specialization in Global Politics from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. She also completed the Global Change Leaders Program at the Coady International Institute in Nova Scotia, Canada.
An experienced communications professional, Shirley has worked in different fields and capacities as a writer, photographer, videographer and social media manager. Currently, she is managing the communication needs of an international indigenous peoples’ organization amplifying indigenous voices. Previously, she worked in an international humanitarian NGO working in complex disaster situations, either man-made or natural, covering the Philippines and other countries in the Asia Pacific region. She is also the Founder of Hagiyo* Organization Inc., an organization that focuses on indigenous peoples. Hagiyo (an Ifugao word that means “shout for joy”) aims for indigenous peoples to be educated, empowered and become champions of culture so that in the end they are fully exercising their rights to self-determination