Staff - Mujeres Aliadas

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Has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, a Diploma in Social Policy and is cu-rrently studying a PhD in Public Polices, conducting research on the public implications of menstruation for women in Michoacán. She has a 30-year professional career in the private sector, in public administration and in civil society. She is Board member too at Mujeres Aliadas a women’s sexual and reproductive rights organization, since 2010.
Lisel Lifshitz
Executive Director
Ethnologist, Master in Social Anthropology and working on PhD in Sustainable Development Sciences. She has collaborated with governmental institutions, academics and civil society organizations, as well as with local indigenous community organizations in different regions of Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Chile. She has been a teacher and pedagogical director at Waldorf schools.
Iris Meza
Professional Midwifery School Director
She became a Professional Midwife at the Escuela de Parteras Profesionales de CASA (Professional Midwife School of CASA) in San Miguel Allende. She is native to the municipality of Las Margaritas, Chiapas. She is bilingual, a speaker of the indigenous language Chu'j. Specialist in the care of women of reproductive age, in prenatal care, birth and postpartum care. She also provides birth preparation classes to women and families.
Elena Pascual
Professional Midwife
Health Program Director
Psychologist working on her Masters in Educational Psychology with Psychoanalytic approach. Anayuli is from Nurio, Michoacan, a Purhepecha Community and is bilingual. Her training has been in community intervention with young people and women in rural and indigenous settings, carrying out prevention strategies on issues such as gender violence and activities related to the revitalization of Purhepecha language.
Anayuli Torres
Community Program Director
Daniela is from Patzcuaro, Michoacan. She graduated in 2014 as a Professional Midwife at Mujeres Aliacas A.C. and has been working in that institution since then as coordinator of the Adolescent Program, where she conducts participatory workshops and presentations regarding sexuality, sexual rights, human rights, among many others focused to the teenage populations.
Daniela Morales
Professional Midwife
Adolescent Program Director
Danit is originally from the community of Santa Ana Chapitiro. She studied nursing and worked for several years at her local clinic with women, which aroused her interest in learning more about women's health and led her to learn from the traditional midwife in her community. In 2014, she began working with adolescents in her community, offering health and sexuality programs.
Danit Barajas
Professional Midwife
Veronica has been part of Mujeres Aliadas from the very beginning, coordinating community presentations and conducting surveys as part of the health system diagnosis of the region. She is native of a marginalized neighborhood of Patzcuaro. She currently organizes and leads health workshops for women, working as assistant director for the Community Program.
Verónica Pureco
Community Program Coordinator
She is a born community leader and native to the indigenous community of Puacuaro Michoacan. Her mother language is Purepecha and she speaks Spanish fluently. She has worked for over ten years as an activist inside the communities of the region. She has worked in the indigenous communities of the region as a community promoter and through the organizing and programing of sexual health and reproductive presentations.
Margarita Ascencio
Community Program Coordinator
Born and raised in Mexico City. Graduated as an Obstetric Nurse from UNAM, specialized in perinatal nursing, breastfeeding and as a birth preparation educator. Yuri has experience working under the Professional Midwife model, always promoting respected birth with an intercultural approach. She is a promoter of sexual and reproductive rights of women, with emphasis in respecting the sacredness around birth.
Yuridia Monjaraz
Clinical supervisor
I studied Community Management and Local Government at the Intercultural Indigenous University of Michoacán. Since I joined Mujeres Aliadas, I understood that we have a long way to go in terms of human rights; the countless times they are not respected; the endless wave of violence against women, against the LGBTI community, towards the indigenous people, and towards anyone that goes against what seem like immutable and intolerable social norms towards what is different.
Ana Briseida Magaña
Liliana is from Erongaricuaro and holds a degree in Pedagogy and worked as a teacher. She’s also worked as a trainer for Sagarpa and as a craftswoman. Besides her administrative assistant responsibilities, she is a great promoter and driving force for professional midwifery in the region.
Liliana Campos
Daughter of indigenous parents from the community of Huecorio. She studied the career of General Nursing in 1990 and has work experience of 22 years. She is part of the first generation of the School of Professional Midwifery, in addition to being a collaborator of the same Association since 2012. She is currently in charge of social networks and workshop coordinator.
Anabel Rosas
Social Network manager
She graduated from Medical school at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) in 2012. In 2013 she began working at Mujeres Aliadas as a general consultant in clinical, academic, and community programs, due to her interest in sexual and reproductive health, human rights, and qualified and respected obstetric health care. Currently, she is studying a doctorate degree in medical anthropology, and her research results have been presented at national and international conferences.
Bianca Vargas
Research Director
Co-Funder of Mujeres Aliadas, Board Member since 2010. Richard has a Masters Degree in Public Health, with over 30 years experience at the local, state, national and international levels. He´s been Director of Strategic Planning for Health Services in Cook County, Illinois; Chief, Health Research and Surveillance, Illinois Department of Public Health; and has worked as a successful independent contractor for 15 years in epidemiology, health care analytics, and systems analysis.
Richard Ferguson
Financial Director
Mujeres Aliadas AC Erongarícuaro, Michoacán, México.
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