"The new culture of gender framed in feminism, is based on equality, sorority and solidarity as ethical values and as political methodologies to generate it. However, they are not only starting points but also the ends of that culture. They are also the fine threads of meaning that guide our decisions, priorities and procedures "(Lagarde, 2012)
After almost three years of collaboration, sorority emerges, identifying and recognizing each other, adding to one another in harmony and alliance.
I met Raquel about three years ago when I joined the project "Conservation of Coastal Watersheds in the Context of Climate Change, C6"; among my responsibilities was to follow up on the gender strategy developed by Raquel to be applied to the sub-projects in the field supported by a regional fund: the “Fund for the Gulf of Mexico, FGM”.
Throughout these years Raquel and I have collaborated with each other developing sorority. We support each other, and we recognize ourselves as different, in ages, in experiences, but equal in the intention and goal of making visible the work of other women searching for fora where actions can be generated, and, if possible, social policies can be aimed at sustainable development with equity between men and women.
Starting from the architecture of C6, the gender perspective is a transversal vision, just as the perspective of climate change is. The project has responded to the needs of communities and human beings to improve their quality of life from a perspective of sustainable human development. If there is something on which Raquel and I are in agreement, it is the fact that we can’t conceive of nature as separated from society; we must develop an articulated vision between human life and nature.
Throughout these three years, Raquel has delivered gender workshops to civil society organizations (CSOs) that participate in the C6 project, and the preparation and planning of these workshops has been the root of the collaboration between Raquel and me. Since 2017, we have seen the results of this effort. With the collaboration of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN) and Women in Nature Network (WiNN), through the WiNN 2017 event, women working with the C6 project established an initial approach to create a network of women in Mexico who support others in nature conservation efforts. In this forum of collaboration I have visualized Raquel as my mentor and since then we have established this relationship of mentor and mentee. Nowadays I participate as a student in her meliponiculture (stingless bee-keeping) school, and we have also participated in a small conversation forum about our work.
Recently, we received an invitation to participate in the National Forum on Gender and Climate Change to present gender achievements of the C6 project; this invitation triggered us to take a look at ourselves again and to identify how we have advanced in our work from the CSOs. This allows us to think about our alliances and lessons learned from these fora generated over three years that, in my opinion, have formed a network of women working for other women in different aspects of their lives, but the most important thing for me is that this network reminded me of the importance of collective construction.