Mexico: International recognition for radio series on indigenous women in prison
Freedom shared through writing
After seven years of imprisonment, Máxima regained her freedom. Her testimony is an echo of the voices of many other indigenous women who have suffered desolate experiences in prison. This relates especially to the marginalization caused by a judicial system that does not offer indigenous women fair conditions for their legal defense.
The life histories portrayed in the series are based on the results of the literature workshop coordinated by Aída Hernández Castillo in the women’s detention center, the Centro de Reinserción Social (Cereso) in Atlacholoaya. In this space, indigenous women document and write down the stories of their fellow inmates as a way of reflecting on the inequalities they suffer within the judicial system in Mexico.
The radio series "Cantos desde el Guamúchil: Indigenous women and peasants in prison" is a production of the Instituto Morelense de Radio y Televisión and IWGIA (International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs), under the coordination of Raúl Silva de la Mora (producer), Elena de Hoyos (writer in the Colectiva Editorial Hermanas en la Sombra) and Aida Hernández Castillo (researcher at CIESAS - Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social).