Jessica Vega Ortega
Ms Jessica Vega Ortega is a young indigenous woman from the Mixtec people, originally from the San Miguel Ahuehuetitlán indigenous community, Oaxaca, and is a resident in the municipality of Valle de Chalco Solidaridad (Xico), State of Mexico. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has been an intern and consultant at the FAO Indigenous Peoples Unit. She is a promoter, defender and workshop leader of the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples specifically for indigenous youth, adolescents and children. She coordinates the Yani Tundavii Dikuintii collective (Mixtec Brothers Together), which is part of the organization Ciarena A.C. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Network of Indigenous Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean and is currently part of the co-presidency of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus (GIYC, 2019-2020). She is passionate about contributing to the social harmony and well-being of indigenous communities, and through her local knowledge and training in contemporary education, she has promoted the empowerment and strengthening of the participation of indigenous youth. Currently, she follows up the creation of the UN Forum on indigenous youth in FAO, as well as the 2030 Agenda with a transversal approach from the perspective and worldview of indigenous peoples. She is part of the Multistakeholder Generation Equality Steering Committee and the #Super30 group on Climate Change.