Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer, AC

What is Semillas?

Semillas is an organization that supports women’s groups and indigenous leaders with the common goal of improving the status of women in Mexico. 


In words of Denise Dresser

“Women, as Mao said, hold up half the heaven. They maintain order in the universe. They are the glue and grease and ointment and balm. They are the deep roots and flowering trees. They are a social change factor. They are seeds. And because of this, it is our responsibility to help them, with water, sun and air; with the necessary push so that they open their mouths and demand their rights; with the necessary energy to replace resignation with proposals; with all that contributes to the fermentation of ideas and their implementation, to exploring and conquering new territory, to opening minds and also closing doors. Organization by organization, house by house, project by project, initiative by initiative".


Semillas listens to women who have initiative

“Semillas is an organization that believes in me, believes in indigenous women. It trusts that we can make changes for our daughters’ futures, and it listens to women who have initiative. With Semillas I have learned to assert my rights and exercise them.”

Maribel Villalobos from Kari Igomari Niwara (Creel, Chihuahua), the only primary school operating with an inclusive educational program that promotes the active participation of girls in their education. This is also the first school under indigenous control.


I inherited the blood to be a midwife from my grandmothers,” Rafaela Can

“When I first started attending births, I’d be taken to the house of the laboring women on a bicycle, or I’d ride a horse or a cart pulled by mules. Nowadays, my husband takes me to see the women on his motorbike,” says cheerfully Rafaela Can, a 59-year-old Mayan woman with more than thirty years of experience as a midwife.

Doña Rafa, as she is affectionately called, has attended the births of more than half of the 250 members of her community, Chumbec. The community is located in the Municipality of Sudzal, two hours from Mérida, the capital city of Yucatán.




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