Change Your World Mexico City 2012

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Yahoo’s Business & Human Rights Program and Yahoo! in Latin America hosted Change Your World Mexico City (Cambia Tu Mundo) in September 2012. The event  showcased women leaders across Latin America who are using technology, the Internet and social media platforms to support positive change in the world, with an emphasis on women’s leadership in governance and politics, human rights, media and journalism, entrepreneurship, indigenous rights, and user safety online.
The event was moderated by Claudia Calvin, Founder of Mujeres Construyendo and Executive Director for the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) and featured a keynote address by Catalina Botero, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Organization of American States (OAS).

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Event Schedule

Wednesday September 12

  • 9.15 – 9.45 | Breakfast and Registration
  • 9.45 – 10.00 |Welcome
  • 10.00 – 10.30 | Keynote Speaker: Catalina Botero, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Organization of American States (OAS)
  • 10.35 – 11.45 | Storytelling in the Age of Digital Media
  • 11.45 – 12.10 | Break
  • 12.15 – 1.15 | Entrepreneurs and CEOs: Women and Economic Empowerment
  • 1.25 – 2.35 |  Women’s Rights, Technology and Social Change
  • 2.35 - 3.35 | Networking Lunch
  • 3.45 – 4.50| Social Media and Social Inclusion
  • 4.55 – 6.00 | Safety On-line for Women, Children and Activists
  • 6.00 | Break
  • 6:15 | Hosted mixer/networking reception

Thursday September 13

  •  9.30 – 10.00 | Breakfast and Registration
  • 10.00 - 10.25 | Remarks: Deputy Chief of Mission, Laura F. Dogu, United States Embassy
  • 10.30 – 11.10 | Talk Back session: open discussion led by Event moderator, Claudia Calvin
  • 11.20 – 12.45 | Government 2.0
  • 12.45 | What next?/Closing Remarks/Thanks
  • 1.00 – 2.00 | Networking Lunch/Close

Panel Descriptions

Storytelling in the Age of Digital Media | Journalists across Latin America are bravely reporting stories about the drug trade, corruption, human trafficking, the trans-national implications of immigration and violence against women. This panel will discuss some of the ways that technology is facilitating this work, how technology has (or has not) ensured wider access to accurate and unbiased reporting, how technology has helped or hindered privacy and anonymity, and how new media platforms have shaped the ways that people access and consume information.

  • Moderator: Carolina Casares, Argentina/United States, Editor in Chief, Yahoo! Hispanic Americas
  • Elena Fortes, Mexico, Executive Director, Ambulante
  • Esther Vargas, Peru, Journalist, Director, Classes in Journalism, Social Media Consultant
  • Ivette Leyva Martínez, Cuba, Founder, CaféFuerte.com
  • Joana Varon, Brazil, Researcher, Centre for Technology and Society, Fundação Getúlio Vargas
  • Judith Torrea, Mexico, Journalist, Blogger, Author
  • Sara Rafsky, United States, Americas Research Associate, Committee to Protect Journalists

Entrepreneurs and CEOs: Women and Economic Empowerment | Economic empowerment is a key component of gender equality. This panel will feature economic leaders and innovators, and the ways they are using their power to effect positive social change. Panelists will also discuss the role of technology and the Internet in supporting the economic advancement of a more equal society.

  • Moderator: Maria del Carmen Gonzalez Bernal, Mexico, Director, Center for Research on Women in Senior Management at IPADE
  • Jacqueline Patiño Escobar, Bolivia, journalist and entrepreneur
  • María Laura García, Argentina, Founder & CEO, Global News Group
  • Norma Morel, Deputy, Mexico City Chapter, Association of Women Entrepreneurs

Women’s Rights, Technology and Social Change | The Internet and technology are powerful platforms, with the ability to amplify those voices without access to traditional forms of media. Women across Latin America have been using various media and technology platforms to address women’s rights issues, with the underlying conviction that women’s rights are human rights. This panel will highlight various voices, innovative practices, and solutions.

  • Moderator: Eva Sander, Chief Strategist at Ondore
  • Diana Duarte, United States, Communications Director, Madre.org
  • Eiko Kawamura, Peru, Regional Spanish Community Coordinator, Telecentre.org Foundation
  • Gabriela Goldsmith, Mexico, Founder & President, Codigo Ayuda, AC
  • María Consuelo Mejía Piñeros, Mexico, Director, Católicas Mexico.org
  •  Nasreen Amina, Chile, Journalist,  women’s rights activist
  • Thaís Moraes, Brazil, Correspondent at the Global Press Institute, Voices of Our Future Program by World Pulse, G(irls)20 and One Young World Ambassador

Social Media and Social Inclusion | Countries across the Americas are home to a rich tapestry of indigenous communities. Many of those communities struggle with historical patterns of exclusion, dispossession and fragmentation. This panel will explore the ways that those communities are harnessing the power of the Internet and technology to preserve cultures, advocate for self-determination, connect across borders, address environmental issues and promote inclusion.

  • Moderator: Laura García Coudurier, Head of Analysis and Institutional Strengthening, Semillas
  • Guadalupe Martínez, la Alianza de Mujeres Indigenas de Centroamerica y Mexico
  • Nadia Maciel, Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (DDSER)
  • Silvia Dalí Ángel Pérez, Oaxaca activist

Safety On-line for Women, Children and Activists | While the Internet and technology have given people across Latin America the ability to be informed, to connect and to advocate for change, there are a number of serious issues related to safety and security on line. Those issues are particularly acute for journalists, activists, women and children. Panelists, including company representatives, will identify major user safety issues and share guidelines for being safe on-line.

  • Moderator: Laura Juanes Micas, Director, International Privacy, Yahoo! Inc.
  • Ana Paula Blanco, Mexico, Policy Communications Senior Manager, Google Latin America
  • Melva Sangri, Founder and President, mam@digital
  • Oscar Raúl Ortega Pacheco, Mexico, Director, Safe Surfing campaign, Microsoft

Government 2.0 | A conversation about using the Internet, technology and social media to drive public policy, power electoral campaigns, engage voters, shape foreign policy and govern. Among the questions to be discussed are: How are women using the Internet and technology to gain appropriate representation in governments across Latin America? What roles do women in government play in advocating for gender equality and women’s rights? How has technology facilitated good governance? How are legislators addressing issues related to greater access to the Internet and free expression on-line?

  • Moderator: Mariclaire Acosta, Director, Freedom House
  • Alejandra Sepúlve Peñaranda, Chile, Executive Director, Comunidad Mujer
  • Alfonsina Penaloza Horta,  Mexico, Deputy Director General, Ethos Foundation
  • Marta Gabriela Michetti, Argentina, National Representative, City of Buenos Aires PRO (Propuesta Republicana)
  • Myrna Cunningham Kain, Nicaragua, Chair, United Nation Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • Rossana Hermoza Cardozo, Paraguay, Director of the Legal Department at the Ministry of Women
  • Rosi Orozco, Mexico, Chairperson of the United Against Trafficking in Persons Commission

Yahoo! in Latin America Yahoo! is focused on creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. Yahoo!’s unique combination of Science + Art + Scale connects advertisers to the consumers who build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Across Latin America, over 80 million people turn to Yahoo! every month to access the news, information and digital experiences that are relevant to them in their local markets. Yahoo! has offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City, Mexico; Miami, Florida, USA; and Sao Paolo, Brazil.


Yahoo! Business & Human Rights Program Yahoo! is committed to leading in the efforts to protect and promote free expression and privacy on the Internet. In May 2008, we launched the Yahoo! Business & Human Rights Program, the first of its kind in our industry. The BHRP integrates human rights issues into business decisions, and promotes innovative solutions to human rights challenges.

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