Rebeca Ramos Duarte is a feminist lawyer from the Escuela Libre de Derecho with a Master’s in Human Rights from the Universidad Iberoamericana. She began at GIRE in 2012, and from 2015 to February 2020, she coordinated the Public Policy Advocacy department. She hates anise and cannot live without coffee. She doesn’t know how to cook, but can make a good banana bread and potato omelet. She cries during almost any movie, has more books than she can read, and loves to listen to soundtracks.
The Founding Board is made up of five visionary women who recognized the need for professionalization in the promotion of women’s rights in Mexico: Lucero González, Marta Lamas, María Consuelo Mejía, Patricia Mercado and Sara Sefchovich.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is made up of 11 specialists from various disciplines who contribute to GIRE’s strategic vision and governance. Their knowledge of different issues, along with their conviction and commitment to women’s human rights, give GIRE’s work a unique perspective.
The current Board of Directors is made up of: Marta Lamas (President), Gerardo Barroso, Roy Campos, Genaro Lozano, Francisca Pou, Karla Iberia Sánchez, Cecilia Suárez, Roberto Tapia, Rodolfo Vázquez, Gabriela Warkentin and José Woldenberg.
Isabel Fulda Graue has a degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) and a Master’s in Legal and Political Theory from University College London (UCL). She began at GIRE in 2012, and from 2017 to 2020 she coordinated the organization’s Research department. Among her greatest professional achievements is having established GIRE’s Annual Day of the Dead Sweet Bread Contest, as well as the year-end trivia game. She is left-handed, myopic, feminist and Uva’s human – a dalmatian that wakes her up early every morning demanding breakfast.
Institutional Development is responsible for securing the resources necessary for GIRE to fulfill its mission and objectives. The team ensures that resources are assigned to each department so that they can carry out their work; the team also generates reports so that donors know how their support is being used. Additionally, the department oversees the individual donor program and network of individuals who support GIRE’s work.
The Director of Institutional Development also leads the design of the organization’s work plan, its implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Administration and Human Resources
The Administrative and Human Resources department is in charge of designing GIRE’s internal policies, which take into account the well-being of the organization and each of its members. The Coordinator is also responsible for the organization’s security, for ensuring that the facilities are in optimal condition and the computer systems are operating correctly.
GIRE has been a pioneer in the adoption and implementation of human resource policies that allow staff to balance their work and personal lives.
Accounting and Finance
The Accounting and Finance department is responsible for monitoring correct budget exercise, including timely compliance with suppliers and collaborators, as well as donors, and in compliance with Mexico’s Transparency and Anti Money-Laundering laws.
GIRE’s finances are audited annually by one of the world’s leading accounting companies. The results are in full compliance with Mexico’s legal and tax requirements, demonstrating the organization’s operational transparency.
The Communications department oversees continuous content creation to inform the general public about reproductive rights and violations of the same faced by women in Mexico. The department serves as the organization’s link to the outside world through campaigns and other communication strategies that are developed with specific objectives.
Communications has, in many cases, garnered a collective empathy with women whose human rights were violated, thus promoting their access to justice through wide-spread dissemination.
Case Documentation and Litigation
The Case Documentation and Litigation department promotes women’s exercise of their reproductive rights and accompanies them in their search for justice when their rights have been violated by the State.
The Documentation and Litigation team are constantly traveling throughout Mexico to different communities, which allows them to generate a relationship of trust with the people they accompany.
Accompaniment may include psychological, medical or legal support, depending on what each individual or family needs.
Public Policy Advocacy
The Public Policy Advocacy department permanently monitors the regulations and policies related to reproductive rights in Mexico and designs strategies to promote changes in accordance with the highest human rights standards while working to avoid setbacks at the federal and state level. Strategies include technical assistance to legislators, issuing recommendations to different authorities and preparing alternative reports for international human rights committees.
This department also follows up on comprehensive reparation processes for victims of reproductive rights violations, including measures of non-repetition.
The Research team systematizes public information from sources such as official surveys and statistics, and those obtained through requests for access to public information. The data is then compared to internal information from GIRE-accompanied cases for reports detailing the status of reproductive rights in Mexico.
In this department, specialized reports are elaborated on GIRE’s priority issues, which are then distributed among decision makers, opinion leaders, the media, academics and specialists with the goal of generating dialogue, disseminating and raising awareness for the State’s debt to Mexican women. Each report contains GIRE recommendations for various authorities.
GIRE provides recent graduates with the opportunity for professional development and the acquisition of in-depth knowledge of strategies for the promotion and defense of human rights.
The fellowship program has included a diverse range of graduates in law, public policy, international studies, and human rights who bring important skills and knowledge to different departments.