Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) has undertaken
a collaborative project with Afro-Mexican civil society organizations, having the
vision of inclusion and active participation of the Afro-descendant people of
Mexico in the next 2020 census, and being carried out through support from the
technical capacities of Afro-Mexican civil society organizations and government
institutions to obtain data that more accurately reflects the social and
economic reality of Afro-Mexican and Afro-descendant migrants based in Mexico
is the challenge that Race and Equality has undertaken to invoke spaces of collaborative
empowerment and inclusion in order to build a campaign that motivates the Afro-Mexican
population to self-identify in the Population Census to be held next March of 2020.
complete and adequate statistical data, historically marginalized populations,
such as Afro-descendants, have limited access to government benefits and public
policies aimed at inclusion and economic development,” adds Elvia Duke, Latin America Program
Officer for Race and Equality.
According to the
2015 Intercensal Survey conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and
Geography – INEGI of Mexico, it was determined that the Afro-Mexican population
was 1.4 million, equivalent to 1.2% of the total Mexican population. Currently,
Afro-Mexican leaders join in the outcry from Afro-descendant leaders of the
region, and emphasize how the lack of self-recognition of the Afro-descendant
population in the Census, such as in Household Surveys, is the main obstacle to
face, generating gaps in the statistics and uncertainty about the true
demographic reality of the population.
With the active
participation of Afro-Mexican community organizations from different states and
Mexico City, in addition to the support of government agencies of the Mexican
State, it is intended to advance this work proposal that seeks to counteract
the phenomena of exclusion, poverty, violence and social inequality that is the
product of discriminatory and racist logic that has been structurally embedded
in the social dynamics woven into the country.
really lies in working with civil society organizations so that when the Census
is carried out, the Afro-Mexican people understand what they are talking
about,” added Duque. She also insisted that only through the construction of
pedagogical strategies that promote a message of inclusion and participation in
the Afro-Mexican community for their self-identification and empowerment will an
effective statistical construction be achieved to identify and characterize the
situation of Afro-descendants, and also work on the development of public
policies that guarantee a good quality of life.