Patricia Palacios de Nava

Ashoka Fellow
San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Fellow Since 1998


This profile was prepared when Patricia Palacios de Nava was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Because sex and its repercussions affect everyone, regardless of class, politics or race, Patricia Nava is working to mobilize Mexican citizen activists, political leaders, and community members for the first time in the common fight against sexual ignorance, abuse, and disease. Patricia has launched a national, inter-institutional initiative to promote and coordinate sex education programs. Through the facilitation of national dialogues, trainings, conferences, and other forums for idea exchange, Patricia has created an umbrella under which diverse institutions can improve their programs and share information across sectors and geographic and political boundaries. Her goal is to provide equal access for all Mexicans to sex education, counseling, and services through a national commitment to this collaboration.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person


Patricia's work aims to develop training and reference documents on systemic change and to organize regional, national and international seminars on sex education. In collaboration with the Centro Marillac, her oranization is pursuing pilot project which increases awareness of the importance of working systematically, includes the different systems that interact in the lives of those excluded and promotes participation in structural change of how sexual education is handled in Mexico.

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