December 22, 2017
Cultural Survival welcomes the newest member of our team, Maru Chávez Fonseca, as the Indigenous Rights Radio Program Manager. Cultural Survival's Indigenous Rights Radio producers bring the latest information on Indigenous Peoples' rights and how they are being implemented around the world.
Maru grew up in the region of Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, Mexico. At age 15 she migrated to Mexico City to complete her studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). During Perestroika, a political movement for reformation within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during the 1980s until 1991, Maru received a scholarship to pursue her university studies in journalism at the Moscow State University in Russia. She has devoted the last 20 years to designing radio communication strategies with a feminist and human rights approach. In particular, she has been dedicated to strengthening community and Indigenous media and the participation of women in media in exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Besides working as a radio journalist and human rights defender, Maru enjoys the company of her daughter, dogs, and cats.