Sonia Yuruen Lerma Mayer

Sonia Yuruen Lerma Mayer

International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

Master Student

Field of Activity

Project: "Indigenous youth in transformation: citizenship processes of young tojolab’al women and men that actively participate in Non Governmental Organizations in Las Margaritas Chiapas."

Email slerma@colmex.mx

Since 2014

Studying master degree on Gender Studies at El Colegio de Mexico

From 2010 to 2014

Community development manager at Kopalli Arte Público A.C.

In 2011

Global Women in Management Program at

The Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)

In 2010

Diploma on Prevention and treatment of gender and sexual violence

Since 2008

Psychologist at the Universidad Iberoamericana

"Indigenous youth in transformation: citizenship processes of young tojolab’al women and men that actively participate in Non Governmental Organizations in Las Margaritas Chiapas."


Supervisor: Dr. María de la Soledad Gónzales Montes (Colmex)


This research focuses on the experiences of young indigenous tojolab’al women and men living in Las Margaritas Chiapas who actively collaborate in Non-Governmental Organizations that fight for sexual and reproduction rights of young people in the region. Based on their own statements, it analyzes the gender dynamics and citizenship processes that arise during their collaboration with these NGOs when they actively seek to affect their public and private surroundings. These young persons come from an indigenous community with a long history of organized political struggle for their rights which today intertwines with external feminist movements, generating particular dynamics that have been barely researched. This research is based on an ethnographic methodology and 28 interviews were applied: 18 young activists (13 women and 5 men) and 10 adults (7 women and 3 men) who are directly related to the latter.


(2008), ‘Significado psicológico del perdón y la reconciliación en estudiantes universitarios mexicanos’, in: Rivera Aragón, Sofía, Díaz Loving, Ronaldo, Sánchez Aragón, Rozzana y Reyes Lagunes, Isabel (eds.), La psicología social en México Vol. XII, AMEPSO: Mexico D.F., p. 631-636.