Marusia Lopez Cruz and Daysi Yamileth Flores Hernandez
JASS Just Associates
(the two women work as a team)
Lopez Cruz is a Mexican feminist with eighteen years of experience in national and international human rights, development and pro-democracy organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in ethnology from the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) and a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the University of Barcelona.
Marusia is currently JASS Mesoamerica’s Regional Coordinator and is a member of the International Consultants Network for the Global Fund for Women. Within Mexico, she collaborates and assists with the Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity.
Marusia began her work with community organizations by promoting the rights and holistic development of campesina (peasant) women. She coordinated Elige, Young People’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights from 2001 to 2005. She was a member of the Advisory Council for the Law to Encourage Activities Undertaken by Civil Society Organizations (Ley de Fomento a las Actividades Realizadas por Organizaciones de la Sociedad Civil), from 2006 to 2008.
In 2005 she received the award from Semillas: “Women who Invest in Women”, and was co-recipient of the recognition “Struggling for our Future: A Tribute to Young Women who Struggle for Change”, awarded by MADRE.
Hernandez grew up in a barrio in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She has been a feminist since she was 15 years old, co-founded the Red de Mujeres Jóvenes de Honduras (Young Women’s Network of Honduras) in 1998, and now identifies as an eco-feminist. A civil engineer, social media and communications expert, environmental activist, and a women’s and human rights activist, Daysi joined the JASS Mesoamerica regional team in November 2009.
Daysi is proud member of Feminists in Resistance against the 2009 military coup d’état in Honduras. She is part of Las Petateras and a leader in the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders in Honduras. She is passionate about music, love, languages, children, yoga, cultural ancestry, clean energy, pets, and the environment. For more information, please visit: www.justassociates.org