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Meet the First Indigenous Woman Running as a Mexican Presidential Candidate

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June 5, 2017

Indigenous people make up about 21.5 percent of the Mexico’s population, but they remain one of the most targeted communities in the country. They face violence and repression at the hands of their own government while private business organizations torment them over land ownership and mining projects.

With the general election in Mexico drawing nearer, the delegates from National Indigenous Congress (CNI), which represents around 60 communities from around the country, voted in Chiapas – considered “the heart of the indigenous resistance” – to elect a Nahua woman, María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, as its 2018 presidential candidate.

It is the first time an indigenous woman is running for the top office and the sixth time in history that a woman is competing for the position.

The 57-year-old, also known as “Marichuy,” is a traditional medicine practitioner and a known human rights activist who is determined to challenge social class prejudice, inequality and racism in the country.

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