Marusia López Cruz

Palma, Majorica
Senior Associate, Power & Protection of Women Activists
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Marusia is a Mexican feminist with nearly two decades of experience in national and international human rights, development and pro-democracy organizations. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Ethnology from the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) and a Master's Degree in Gender and Development from the University of Barcelona.

Marusia is the former Regional Coordinator of JASS Mesoamerica and currently holds the position of Advisor on issues of promotion of the comprehensive protection of women human rights defenders on the regional and global level, working with all three regions of JASS (Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia and Southern Africa). Her work centers on systematizing and exchanging experience and knowledge representing JASS in the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative, and following up on other JASS activities in the Mesoamerica region.

Marusia began her work with community organizations by promoting the rights and holistic development of campesina (peasant) women. She coordinated You Decide, Young People's Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights from 2001 to 2005 and formed part of Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity from 2006-2008.

In 2005 she received the Semillas award “Women Who Invest in Women”, and was co-recipient of the award “Struggling for our Future: A Tribute to Young Women Who Struggle for Change”, awarded by MADRE. In 2012, she was awarded the Omecíhuatl Medal from the Institute of Women of the Mexico City government for her work as a women's rights defender and in 2013 she received the Women Have Wings Award.