Now, more than ever, young women and girls are needed to solve the world’s most pressing problems. Throughout history, we have seen the power that youth activists can have in advocating for social justice and guiding political and civic engagement in their communities. Young people are on the front lines of social change that ultimately leads to sweeping social movements.
According to the World Economic Forum, in 2020, the Latin America and Caribbean region still had an average gender gap of 27.9%. If we want to close that gap, we need more women leaders across industries and sectors.
With the support of P&G, Vital Voices’ Voices that Inspire Fellowship, supports young women who are making a positive impact in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama. Through the Fellowship, we work to increase the opportunities, leadership capacity, network and resources for young women; sparking a global movement to empower young women, create sustainable change, and transform the meaning of leadership.
Through the program, participants will receive leadership training to provide support in financial and strategic planning, communications, and networking as well as work directly with staff and mentors to expand sustainable, locally-driven projects that positively affect their communities. All participants will be matched with a local woman leader in the Vital Voices Network who will act as a professional mentor and guide throughout the grant project. In partnership with P&G, we are honored to provide these opportunities and tools to ensure that young women are leading sustainable social change in Latin America and the Caribbean and beyond.
The 2022 Voices that Inspire Applications ARE OPEN.
All Fellows must be 18 to 25 years old when they apply. Participants chosen must attend a 4-day in-person leadership training in Buenos Aires starting on September 16 through September 20, 2022 and virtual program closing in November 2022. The in-person leadership training in Buenos Aires is subject to change to virtual if it is not safe to meet in person. Following the virtual trainings, all participants are eligible to apply for individual grants to support their social impact projects in their communities.
Meet the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran Fellows
Allison Angulo Hernández
Allison Angulo Hernández is from the province of Cartago Costa Rica and is currently in her last year of tuition at the CTP of Dulce Nombre Cartago. She is passionate about science, technology and literature, as well as being able to provide support to people since she wants everyone to have the same or even better opportunities than she had. Her community project is the creation of a program that trains and guides women to be able to include themselves in the world of STEAM.
Allison was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Amanda Arroyo Cabezas, from Costa Rica, is a student of the Public Relations Career at the Autonomous University of Central America. / Amanda Arroyo Cabezas is a Public Relations Officer specializing in community development project management. She has worked with the United Nations and other social and governmental organizations in Topics such as Gender, Diversity, Human Rights, Public Policy, Youth and Climate Change. Since 2017 she has been part of Nosotras Women Connecting as Program Coordinator, where she works with Entrepreneurial Women and Teen Leaders who are changing the world with their initiatives. Amanda is passionate about knowing stories that have made transcendental changes, and in addition to this she considers herself an embroiderer passionate about botany. She was recently selected to participate in the Community Engagement Program, a program of the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State supported in its implementation by IREX.
Amanda was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Claudia Tomas Castro
Claudia Tomas Castro, Costa Rica, is in 11th grade of school, and she is very passionate about singing, creativity, drawing, painting, dancing, animals, meeting people, being a volunteer, helping and wants more people to be part of local governments or committees to create a more appropriate coexistence for everyone. / She also seeks to raise awareness for a more equitable education in STEM careers, which will be very valuable to everyone.
Claudia was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Tamara Judit Sancho Fallas is a 23-year-old woman living in Costa Rica, and she studied User Experience Design at the Creative University and Advertising with an emphasis on multimedia production at ULACIT. / Tamara is a resilient and creative woman, a faithful believer in innovation and the creation of exponential learning programs with high social and technological impact. She is passionate about triathlons as a high-performance sport and music; She is the founder of Atenea, a non-profit foundation dedicated to the empowerment of young women ages 12-23 in comprehensive life skills and STEAM development competencies. She was the winner of the Women Impact Tech 2021 project organized by Texas Tech University with the Atenea project with reach in digital media and recognized by CONICIT. She was selected in 2016 for a 100% full scholarship at ULACIT for her academic merits and high school technology skills. She created a project called Humana Creativa where she blogs personal experiences and creative techniques for a digital community with a reach of 300 people.
Tamara was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Génesis Alonzo Demera from Costa Rica is a first-year student in Public Administration at the University of Costa Rica (UCR). Génesis is passionate about reading and animals, and she has always shown interest in the welfare of others. This is why she is currently part of the social project on financial education, EDUFI, which seeks to encourage people to lead a lifestyle healthy with their finances, teaching them how to create budgets, encouraging entrepreneurship, and even teaching how to use the excel tool to keep track of finances, covering populations from children to young adults. / In the year 2020, despite the complications that the pandemic brought to the lives of many, this project continued working on behalf of its community, managed to be the outstanding project of the year and obtained first place in an internal CoopeANDE contest.
Génesis was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Adriana María Gil Herrera
Adriana is a Guatemalan student of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the Universidad Del Valle de Guatemala. She is passionate about natural sciences, mainly in the field of medicine and ecology. With her project, she seeks that more people with different capacities have the opportunity to get involved in science, to have different perspectives, and to solve world problems more effectively. She is currently president of the Student Association of Biochemistry and Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology, and is a member of the University Debating Society. She has received in her first two years of study academic distinction for good grades.
Adriana was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Johana K´exel Lopez Us
Johana K’exel López Us, Guatemalan, is an undergraduate student in Pedagogy at the Universidad Panamericana de Guatemala. / A Maya K’iche’ woman, 24 years old, environmentalist, activist and agent of connection with society and defender of nature through voice. She believes in the transition of leadership, promoting the transition of leadership to more young people in her community and supports the development of the fullness of the girls and boys in her community.
Johana was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Evelyn Marina Mutzutz Alvarado
Evelyn Mutzutz is a 19-year-old Guatemalan girl from Chimaltenango, studying tourism at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala on the Altiplano campus. Since she was little, she has liked to participate and get involved in different activities, and in addition, she is passionate about living together and learning from people and nature. / She is president of the K’o Samuj Junan Women Entrepreneurs Association and promoter of the Pachun Ecotourism project, both with the aim of helping families and thus reduce one of the problems that Guatemalans face, this problem is migration. She is very happy to be part of this group and do what she likes, live together and learn from people.
Evelyn was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Jessica Michelle Lima de León
Jessica is a second-year political science student at the Rafael Landívar University in Guatemala. From a very young age, she has identified herself as an altruistic person, so she decided to involve young Guatemalans more in politics through her project Political Participation in the Youth (PPJ) that focuses on providing transparent information about the politics of their country. In 2018 and 2019, she participated in the Ella Impacta Vital Voices program in Guatemala. Due to the great leadership she fosters in her community, she was chosen to represent Guatemala in 2019 At the Herlead Vital Voices Forum in New York, in 2020 she became a member of the Global Shapers Community of the Guatemala hub and in 2021 she was elected as vice president within the hub. / Jessica is a woman who decides to change the problems of Guatemala to viable and sustainable solutions, she is very committed to her work and to the projects that she proposes, she considers that to achieve her dreams there is no age limit but only the passion that one has.
Jessica was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
María Alejandra Duff Amado
María Alejandra Duff Amado is a Guatemalan woman and student at the Universidad Del Valle de Guatemala, passionate about the environment and the management of social projects. She studies International Relations and has a genuine interest in contributing to the development of Guatemala. She loves philosophy, language learning, technology, animals, traveling, and interacting with cultures. She dreams big of knowing the world. She speaks Spanish, English and German. She has been a participant in two cultural exchanges in Germany; in 2018 the International German Olympiad held in Freiburg and in 2019, she took a study test at the Friedrich Schiller Universit√§t in Jena. She was also the recipient of first place in the National German Language Olympiad in Guatemala and the Franklin Covey International Speech Contest. She has participated in National Science Olympics, Internal Spelling Olympics, school mascot design, and has a 95 college GPA. She was also part of the International Forum of Entrepreneurs 2020 and the She Impacta Program of Voces Vitales Guatemala. She is currently working on a bee conservation project for children and young people called “Bee Responsible GT” to promote environmental awareness from an early age.
María was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Ariaxna Vásquez Vásquez
Ariaxna Vásquez Vásquez, 22 years old, has a degree in Psychology and is currently studying a Postgraduate Degree in Higher Teaching at the Specialized University of the Americas. / She also has a Technician in Psychopedagogy with an emphasis on special educational needs and diplomas related to Organizational Psychology. / She constantly participates in various projects and programs of civic advocacy, playing roles as: Coordinator of Social Responsibility of FEDUPRO, international volunteer with AIESEC and Official Member in Ibero-American Youth. / With her community project she seeks to promote female participation in scientific research and creation of content, to contribute to reducing the existing gender gap.
Ariaxna was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Kimberly Martínez is a university student, currently in her last year of a Bachelor’s degree in Software Development, at the Technological University of Panama. She is passionate about marine life, and among her plans for the future she is to be part of an organization that protects the rights of marine animals. Similarly, she does not intend to ignore other issues that are very important in her life, such as: the human rights of people directly and indirectly affected by HIV; everything related to the LGTBIQ + community; being a young woman, she cannot ignore the issues focused on feminism; inequality in general; and create axes of community work with children, adolescents, and youth. In addition, with the career that she is currently pursuing, she wants to continue working on new technology projects, and everything related to front-end web development. / Since she was 8 years old, she has belonged to the Living Positively Association, which works for the human rights of people with HIV; within the membership there are members who are not HIV positive. Currently, she is the coordinator for youth, childhood, and adolescence. With the experience she has obtained in the association, and in the project factors that increase the risk of HIV infection in young university students, she now wants to give it a twist, with her experience towards adolescents who are studying high school, and a half from schools. / She participated in the Scientific Initiation Conference of the Technological University of Panama in the Regional Center of Coclé and Veraguas in 2019 with the project where a software prototype was validated for the resolution of Newton’s laws. / In her search for both personal and professional growth, she is currently a participant in the social and political training program, Agents of Change 2021, of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) of the German Cooperation in Panama. / Kimberly believes that our governments and decision-makers must invest all their efforts in creating awareness, and providing accurate information, focused on children, youth and adolescents, to help them be better citizens.
Kimberly was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Luisa Abdialy Castillo Moreno is from the Republic of Panama. She is currently a medical student at the Autonomous University of Chiriquí. / She is passionate about participating in all kinds of activities that aim to help others, which is a continuous learning process for her. / As a medical student, she would like to bring health care to people (mainly women and children), who are in remote areas, for example, those who live on indigenous farms (starting with their community) and thus contribute to the universal access to health, as it supports the idea that now more than ever everyone should have access to it, without exclusions. / She is very excited about what she can become and what she will learn in the process of it.
Luisa was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Thays Parfait is a 21-year-old Afro-feminist young woman from Panama City enthusiastic about the promotion and empowerment of educational spaces for Afro-Panamanian youth, with the aim of creating belonging and self-recognition as Afro-descendants. / She is an active member of the Afro-Panamanian Youth Network as its representative before the National Youth Council. She is currently studying at the University of Panama. Within the Afro-Panamanian Youth Network, she serves as leader of the Committees of Memory and Historical Identity, Gender and Diversity, a guide that is focused on the reconnection and recovery of Afro-Panamanian history and the facilitation of tools for the support and protection of Afro-American communities. It is also part of feminist collectives such as Tremendas Panamá. / Thays is certified by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute from Harvard University, is a former study fellow from the Institute of Student Leaders of the United States (SUSI) and of the Agents of Change program of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftunghttps foundation in Panama. / Currently in conjunction with a group of Afro-Panamanian activists and professionals, she leads the pilot plan of her Daughters of Alkebulan project: Promoting opportunities for the integral development of young Afro-descendants. / A project aimed at interaction, learning and community building, from and for Afro-descendant women. / With the aim of promoting the integral development of Afro-descendant women in the specific skills they will need to function successfully in the personal, economic, social, cultural, political and spiritual spheres.
Thays was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Carolin Carson is a young Panamanian woman, a law student at USMA, dedicated to the development of society in an integral way. She is driven by human warmth, authenticity and creativity, and she is passionate about humanitarian work. Carolin has carried out ambitious projects for human rights, giving workshops for women deprived of liberty, campaigns for refugees in transit through their native country, care for minors deprived of liberty, workshops for children with special educational needs, talks for parents on children’s rights, and intensive leadership workshops for women. She has positively impacted populations in a state of vulnerability through assertive communication and the contribution of educational tools for empowerment.
Carolin was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Aline Montenegro Araújo
Aline is a first-year undergrad student at the Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences (IAG) of the University of S√£o Paulo, Brazil, where she studies Geophysics. As a woman in Science, she wants to help bring more diversity and inclusion to this area. She is the co-founder and executive director of ElaSTEMpoder, a non-profit organization that stimulates female participation in STEM fields. In 2018, Aline was the first Brazilian to attend the 49th International Astronomical Youth Camp, where she built a Miniature of the LIGO Gravitational Wave Detector, and in 2020 she was one of the 5 finalists for the “Change the World like a Girl” award. Currently, she is an alumnus at the Latin American Leadership Academy and is performing research in Seismology with the University of S√£o Paulo and the University of Brasília (UnB).
Aline was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Renata Koch Alvarenga
Renata Koch Alvarenga is a youth gender and climate justice advocate from Brazil, and starting this fall, she will be attending Harvard Kennedy School or Columbia University for her Master’s of Public Policy. She is the Founder and Director of EmpoderaClima, an educational initiative about gender equality and climate action focused on youth in the Global South. EmpoderaClima produces exclusive content in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French, and engages in multiple advocacy platforms, such as the UN Girls’ Education Initiative, in which Renata co-leads the Education for Gender and Climate Justice collective and is a Guiding Group Member of Transform Education, hosted by the UN. / Renata has presented her work in 8 countries and spoken at global conferences such as COP25, CSW 65 and the MIT Climate Conference. She is currently involved in many global initiatives, including the Youth Constituency of the UN Climate Change Convention, where she serves as Co-Lead of the Gender group, and UN Women, where she is a National Gender Youth Activist representing Brazil. Renata is also the G(irls)20 Ambassador to Brazil and works with politics and diplomacy in Rio de Janeiro. When she’s not delivering power statements at international conferences, Renata loves watching musicals and riding her bike by the beach.
Renata was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Giullia Jaques Caldeira
Giullia Jaques is a 19 year old leader from Brazil currently attending Babson College, in Massachusetts, as a Global Scholar. Born and raised in Belford Roxo, Giullia has witnessed how education can change one’s life. Giullia has long had an entrepreneurial spirit. When she was 14, her mother lost her job as a secretary, and to help make ends meet, Giullia began selling a traditional Brazilian chocolate dessert, brigadeiro, on the streets. She would make the treats herself and then sell about 120 every day for 18 cents apiece. At Latin American Leadership Academy’s Peru Leadership Bootcamp in August 2019, Giullia consolidated her passion for social justice and her networking skills by founding Absorvidas, aiming to provide eco-friendly period products and menstrual education to inmates. After working for almost a year on getting people to join her team and support the idea, Absorvidas launched a crowdfunding campaign to fundraise thirty thousand reais in thirty days. Having met its fundraising goal in seventeen days, Absorvidas first plans to provide 2,000 reusable menstrual pads to the prison, along with lectures and written materials to educate about menstruation. Absorvidas eventually wants to partner with a foundation that works with inmates to train them to make the pads themselves. That would allow the women to no longer be dependent on outside donations of menstrual products. Making the pads also would allow them to earn money, both while in prison and once they are released.
Giullia was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Aisha Ellen Lemos Paz
Aisha Paz is an 18-year-old Brazilian Nursing Technician intern at Fortaleza, Ceará. Passionate about reproductive health, she leads several projects in the area of sex education and women’s health rights in her state, focusing on supporting teenage mothers through her own initiative, Holding Hands, where she is President and Designer of Sex Education material. She is specializing in promoting girls’ health rights through law, currently working on a free menstrual hygiene bill with politicians. As a daughter of a teenage mother, Aisha works to prevent teenage pregnancy and support young mothers through interdisciplinary actions in her initiative, such as advocacy, the book club, lectures, fundraising and storytelling. Through her journey, Aisha was recognized by the U.S. Department of State, Ashoka, Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative, Wake Forest University, Latin America Leadership Academy, OPovo and Our Human Family. Her dream is to work with reproductive health research and also advocacy for women’s health rights.
Aisha was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Mahryan Sampaio Rodrigues
Mahryan Sampaio is a young Brazilian majoring in International Relations at Centro Universitário Belas Artes de S√£o Paulo (FEBASP) and a researcher in the field of Human Rights. She is an activist for the environment and racial and gender equality. She has a background in the area of Gender, Sexuality and Social Movements at the University of S√£o Paulo (USP). / She is a member of the board of directors of the NGO I Know My Rights (IKMR)-affiliated with UNHCR (UN Agency for Refugees), helping to transform the reality of children in refugee situations in Brazil, through education, art and culture projects . In addition, she is the Director of Studies and Research at the Feminist Student Center for International Relations (NEFRI), an organization that aims to promote studies and discussions on the social role of women at national and global levels. Thus, she seeks to expand gender issues beyond the academy by democratizing SDG 5-Gender Equality and its goals. / She currently works in the Coordination of Multilateral International Affairs (CAIM) of the Municipal Secretariat for International Relations (SMRI) of S√£o Paulo, with the themes of migration and refuge, gender, education, environment, circular economy and urban strategic development.
Mahryan was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Mercedes Carrizo is 24 years old, lives in the City of Santa Fe – Argentina, is in the final stretch of earning her Political Science degree, and is a volunteer of the Argentine Guides Association. She is passionate about immersing herself in new projects, thinking about them, and dreaming about them. Her curiosity leads her to constantly learn new things about people, places and new topics that are interesting to her. / 10 years ago a guide community opened in a neighborhood called Las Lomas, a marginalized neighborhood in the western cordon of the City of Santa Fe with little access to public services, be it transportation, health, safety. Access can be impossible, especially on rainy days. / Guiding is a non-formal education movement that promotes the comprehensive training of girls, adolescents, youth and adults, promoting opportunities for character development, responsible citizenship and commitment to their communities and society. The daily work revolves around the gender perspective and the empowerment of women. / In the current year there was a concern to address the issue of menstrual hygiene, since it was observed that among the girls there is very little accurate information and a lot of taboo. Added to the misinformation, the neighborhood does not have a garbage collection service so there is a lot of waste. / To address the problem, it was decided to carry out a collaborative project, which we call “It is important to talk about menstruation”, the project has four lines of action: 1- Education and training in health and menstrual management within the framework of the ESI, 2-Training of young leaders, 3-Promotion of the right to health and reproductive health. 4-Reduction of non-biodegradable waste. In order to carry out these guidelines, it was proposed to educate the girls about the subject by training the largest group of young people in the community, made up of girls between 16 and 20 years old. They are trained by health professionals and environmentalists and then create a package of activities to train their fellow guides and finally the neighborhood community. / The impact on lives reached by this project is estimated at 100 people in its first stage (among girls, adolescents, youth and adults), from 2 neighborhoods in the north and west of the city of Santa Fe / Formative impact: these women will be accessing or complementing information in relation to menstrual care and hygiene, from a comprehensive view of the ESI, which allows moving away from the purely biological or physiological approach to incorporate issues of self-care, self-perception, representations of femininity and identity of genre. / Impact on health: knowing how to properly manage menstruation and eradicate unhygienic practices can prevent infections and damage to physical and mental health in the long term. / Environmental impact: we will be promoting the use of reusable menstrual management elements such as reusable dressings and menstrual cup, which positively impacts the amount of non-biodegradable waste. / Economic impact: through the promotion of reusable menstrual management elements and the dissemination of the municipal ordinance by which elements of the basic menstrual basket are distributed free of charge in the city of Santa Fe, we will be contributing to the reduction of inequality economic conditions that girls, youth and women are subjected to.
Mercedes was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Kalena Denise Bojko
Kalena Denise Bojko has a degree in Business Economics from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina. / In 2016, thanks to the recognition she received by the “Buenos Aires Stock Exchange Foundation” for being the highest general average of all secondary schools in CABA, the UTDT awarded her a grant, financing 70% of all her undergraduate studies, where she later worked as an assistant professor in the subjects of Basic Accounting and Marketing. Likewise, she was selected by the Boston Consulting Group to represent the Buenos Aires office at its annual BCG Women Aspire 2020 workshop, where she enhanced her leadership and communication skills alongside female leaders from around the world. / Since then, Kalena has focused her professional experience in the banking, education and strategic consulting sectors, although she also complemented her career with a deep interest in generating a positive impact in her community, participating in non-profit organizations and social projects. profit. / Currently, Kalena is committed to making a real change in the way women relate to finance. With the creation of Con Voz Propia, she seeks to empower women, regardless of their age, to dare to challenge the stereotypes that pigeonhole them in places where they cannot decide about money, its management and administration. / Her biggest dream is to ensure that there are more and more women with the ability to decide their own destiny; whether it is living from your job or entrepreneurship, making better decisions, improving the management of your personal and family finances and / or creating new habits that accompany you for a lifetime in this empowerment.
Kalena was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Sol Stephanie Masciotra
Sol Mascriota has a degree in Business Administration and International Trade from UADE, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her experience focuses on industries such as strategy and technology. / Likewise, thanks to different scholarships, Sol has gone to international universities like Georgetown University McDonough School, where she was awarded a certification in Financial Inclusion and Social Innovation, and to FHWien der WkW, where she was acquired knowledge in project planning, team leadership, ecosystems and strategic analysis. Additionally, Sol has participated as a volunteer in areas such as logistics and education for non-profit organization. / Currently, Sol is focusing her energies on combining her two great passions: finance and gender, with the aim of breaking stereotypes imposed by society. Her biggest dream is to ensure that no woman is invisible and that all have the option of being financially independent.
Sol was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Mercedes is an Argentine student of Psychology at UBA and of Political Science at UNSAM. She is passionate about public health, communication, education, and socio-environmental struggles. Now she is working on a campaign for Argentina to have legislation for the labeling of food. In turn, she worked on projects in various neighborhoods, NGOs and communities.
Mercedes was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Josefina Valiente Noailles
Josefina is a 21 year old from Argentina, and she is beginning her third year earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires. She is part of a project called CatCallsofBuenosAires, which fights for gender equality and a life free of sexist violence for women through the awareness of street harassment in creative and innovative ways. She struggled with these issues from an early age, and she decided to do something about it with other women. / Josefina is always smiling, and she is passionate about challenges that push her to exceed her limits. She is always inviting other people to participate and get involved in social events that can generate an impact, no matter how small. She shows that she is determined to make a change in her community.
Josefina was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Alondra Fraustro is a young scientist and entrepreneur, originally from Monterrey, Nuevo León, México; she graduated as a Bacteriologist and Parasitologist Chemist from the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the Autonomus University of Nuevo León (UANL). Currently, she is a Scientific Communicator and Environmental Educator, and founder of Ciencia Mágica, where she shares scientific knowledge by giving conference courses and workshops to educate people and promote care for the environment. She has been recognized as a Hero of the Earth by the United Nations Organization to Combat Desertification and Drought in 2020 in South Korea for the development of an installation kit for orchards that help generate sustainable communities. She is the first Mexican to have won this award. Her talent, creativity, and passion have allowed her to represent Mexico, winning local, national, and international competitions since she was 14 years old. She has managed to represent Nuevo León nationally and Mexico internationally in panels and congresses where she always seeks to raise awareness of the importance of caring for the planet and acting to face change climate. She participated in the Expo-Ciencias Nuevo León 2018 contest, obtaining third place and earning national accreditation by the Institute for Innovation and Technology Transfer (I2T2) and CONACYT to represent its state Expo-Ciencias Nacional 2018 in Morelia, Michoacán with her project “Friendly kit for a home garden.” In turn, she was part of the organizing committee as an evaluator for Expo-Ciencias Nacional in Nuevo León 2019. Later she was selected as a speaker by the Academic Area of the National NETWORK of Youth Activities in Science and Technology as one of the best success stories from participating in the Winners Panel of Expo-Ciencias Nacional Sonora 2020, being an example for Mexican children and youth. In November 2020, she was selected as a speaker at TEDxUANLWomen 2020 for transmitting the power of women to be creators and generators of change, through the TEDx platform for the most extensive transfer of ideas internationally. In addition to her large number of recognitions, she is the CEO of “ECOBIORES”, an environmental biotechnology startup that generates degradable biomaterials, based on a circular economy system to replace plastics derived from petroleum. In February 2020 she managed to be recognized with the Sustainable Innovation Award, and in December 2020 with the BIOFASE Award, as one of the best high impact innovative ideas. In May 2021, she was part of the international magazine VICE to talk about water care, and she was selected as a finalist in the Woman Emprende 2021 contest, an event organized by Patricia Armendáriz – founder and director of Financiera Sustentable and Women Economic Forum – for her environmental venture Ecobiores.
Alondra was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Emma Soledad Puerto Arteaga
Emma Puerto Arteaga is a student earning her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations at the Universidad Modelo Campus Mérida. She represents the National Front for the Yucatán Sorority, in which she fights for the visibility and eradication of sexual violence in digital media. She is an activist, gives conferences and workshops on violence and gender discrimination, and accompanies victims and survivors of it. She is a defender of the rights of adolescent girls and women so that they have access to a dignified life free of violence. She has promoted proposals and initiatives in the Mérida Youth Council, as well as in the Senate of the Republic for an education with a gender perspective, in order to eliminate gender roles and educational, political, social, cultural, digital, and labor gender gaps.
Emma was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Kiara Marlene Madrigal Alonso
Kiara Madrigal is 19 years old and studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Iberoamericana. As a student, she hopes to actively participate in society to create spaces where all can live fully. She is interested in working to advocate for social justice and community development, generating social change while honing her skills in leadership and collaboration. She loves developing projects and working on them, and she is currently on developing a mobile app, which aims to function as a tool for people with disabilities, since now more than ever women and girls need to solve the most pressing problems for the world.
Kiara was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Beatriz Adriana Pérez Cadena
A woman from the South with cocoa skin and flowers in her soul, Beatriz is a creator, artist, communicator, Cultural Manager and Tsotsil indigenous from Zinacantán Chiapas Mexico, who speaks the Tsotsil language variant from San Lorenzo Zinacantán, Chiapas. She has a degree in Intercultural Communication from the Intercultural University of Chiapas. Her training in indigenous issues began in 2014 in the Indigenous literature workshops at the Maya-Zoques Writers Unit (UNEMAZ) where she managed to integrate several of her literary texts to the anthologies “Stso’op joj” and “Sko’op Bolom”. She is a former intercultural recipient of the IX intercultural diploma for strengthening the leadership of indigenous women of Mexico and Central America by the CDI, FILAC, National Fund of the Indigenous Peoples of Latin America the Caribbean, and also from the program for leadership for indigenous youth by the University of the Americas Puebla and the Embassy of the United States in Mexico. She is the co-founder of the theater group, Xch¬¥ulel Jlumaltik, to revitalize the Tsotsil language and contribute to the prevention of violence in indigenous communities by collaborating with other community theater groups such as “Teatro de los Volcanes” and “Jts’unba ltik”. She was part of the radio program, “yip kerem tseb”, recognized nationally for being the best program in indigenous language by the National Institute of Youth, and she was a reporter for the program “word in flower” of the Chiapas Radio and Television System. She is the 2019 coordinator of Projects and Alliances of the World Network of Young Politicians Mexico. She received the Chiapas 2020 State Youth Award in the Strengthening of Indigenous Culture Category, “From the Heart to the Earth” a Recognition of Outstanding Indigenous Women of Chiapas 2020. She is currently head of the Department of Cultural Engagement and Participation of the State Youth Institute in Chiapas.
Beatriz was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.
Ursula Amaranta Martinez Barrueta
2021 Fellow, Voices that Inspire Fellow
Ursula Amaranta Martínez Barrueta is from Iguala de la Independencia, Guerrero, Mexico. She is a litigation assistant and researcher at Organization Tojil, as well as a columnist for the Mexican magazine “Foro Jurídico”. In 2019 she was part of the Youth Parliament of Guerrero where she chaired the Gender Commission. Her greatest passion is that, through the law and as a feminist lawyer, she can be part of proposals and solutions for violence against women and their realities. Her “First Aid Kit” seeks to provide comprehensive guidance to women and their support networks when they face situations that put them at risk, not only from the legal side but also from the psychological side. From Tojil, she has the opportunity to be part of the design of litigation strategies and public policies against corruption and violence against women. During the health emergency in Mexico, she was part of the “Susana Vigilancia” team, which monitored the plans and programs implemented by Tojil and Transparencia Mexicana that aimed to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ursula was selected as a participant in the 2021 Voces Que Inspiran.