In 1978 we held our first conference of Women in Oaxaca drawing feminists from both the local and national contexts.
Between 1979 and 1984 we broadcast “Foro de la Mujer” (‘Women’s forum’) on Radio Universidad.
Between 1985 and 1998 in the Juan Rulfo theatre we gave weekly presentations that publicised the legal position of women in Oaxaca and the pressing need for reform.
In 1987, to mark the tenth anniversary of the group, we held our second conference of Women in Oaxaca.
In 1990 we received our first round of funding from the MacArthur Foundation, allowing us to offer our services from the Casa de la Mujer “Rosario Castellanos”.


In 1992 we managed the creation of a Specialized Agency for Sex Crimes. In the same year, we signed an agreement with the National System for Integral Family
Development (‘Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia’ or DIF) and the State Attorney’s office with a view to providing training through the
Collective Against Violence against Women (‘Colectivo Contra la Violencia hacia la Mujer A.C.’ or COVAC).

From 1992 to 1996, with the support of the MacArthur Foundation, we conducted research on the reality of Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in the five
regions of Oaxaca, which resulted in a series of three videos (“Our Shared Lives”) which, as well as being subtitled in English, were dubbed in the regional
dialects of Zapoteco, Mixe and Mixteco. These were distributed both nationally and internationally. We also produce a series of 20 audio programs (“Luces de

From 1994 to 1995, with funding from the Ford Foundation, we conducted the Seminar on Sexual and Reproductive Health. This brought together officials from various government institutions and civil associations, and urged for the inclusion of gender equality perspective in their programs and activities.

In 1995, we created the Guadalupe Musalem Scholarship Fund with the objective of supporting young Oaxacan women from indigenous communities and enabling them to continue their baccalaureate studies.
In 1997, to mark our group’s twentieth anniversary, we held a meeting with recognized national experts covering sexual and reproductive health, violence against women and the environment.


In 1997 we received an award from the National Indigenous Institute (‘Instituto Nacional Indigenista’) in recognition of our work training doctors, surgeons and dentists, in gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights.

In 1999, we collaborated with the Centre for women’s and family studies (‘Centro de estudios para la Mujer y la Familia’ or CEMyF) and the Gender Equality Commission (‘Comisión de Equidad de Género de la LVII legislatura del estado’) to hold awareness-raising workshops for Members of the Chamber of Deputies.

In 2001 we organized the meeting “Indigenous women: A space for reflection and participation” which was attended by 120 participants from five states of the country and the Federal District of Mexico City.

In 2002 we made the video “Step by step: towards a maternity without risks”, which
was dubbed to Mixe, Mixteco, Zapoteco, Chatino and subtitled in English.

In 2003 we signed an agreement with the Health Services of Oaxaca (‘Servicios de Salud de Oaxaca’ or SSO) to train personnel in 21 municipalities with poor records for maternal deaths. We promoted and managed the signing of public commitments by the then candidates for governor of the state. The commitments were in favour of the Oaxaca Agenda for Women for Gender Equality, and aimed to incorporate the problem of maternal death in the axis of sexual and reproductive health, this garnered the support of 64 organizations; organisations that came to form the ‘Huaxyacac Collective’.


In 2004 we trained midwives, their apprentices, health personnel of the Mexican Social Security Institute (‘Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social’ or IMSS) and health workers in Tlahuitoltepec, Mixe, Oaxaca, to raise awareness of the importance of preventing violence during maternity and caring for victims thereof. To this end, we drafted “To talk is to understand”, a brief guide to the care of female victims of family-based violence.

In 2004 we made the short film “Cual Hoja al viento” on the health situation of female agricultural labourers, which received an honourable mention in the National Institute for Women’s video contest in the category of health and migration. The film went on to be recognised again by the National Institute for Women in 2006.
That same year we received another award from the National Institute for Women for the project “Step-by-Step Maternity Care: Sexual and reproductive health for migrant day labourers in Oaxaca”, in recognition of it being the most successful program in sexual and reproductive health for rural and indigenous communities.

In 2009, Maricela Zurita Cruz, a young indigenous woman from the community of San Juan Quiahije, Juquila, a graduate of our Scholarship program, was awarded the 2008 National Youth Award, in the category of Social Commitment.

This achievement was repeated in 2010 when two graduates of our Scholarship program were awarded the Bicentennial Edition of the National Youth Prize 2009: Berta Martínez Sebastián, native of the community of Santa María Alotepec , Mixe, Oaxaca, in the category of Social
Commitment; Sonia García Ángel, originally from San Felipe de Jesús Pueblo Viejo, Santa María Yucuhiti, Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, in the category of Cultural Development.

In 2012, in light of its success and achievements, we legally constituted the Guadalupe Musalem Fund as a civil association. From then on, we collaborated together as sister organisations for the benefit of the young women of the state of Oaxaca.


In 2012 we received an award from the Honourable City of Oaxaca de Juárez for over 35 years of invaluable work in the field of social justice and our contribution to the welfare of Oaxacan women.

In the same year, the Government of the State of Oaxaca formally acknowledged our work in favour of women’s rights and in the development of an egalitarian, equitable and just society.

In 2014, the Texan State Senate certified that the state flag flew in honour of our Group.