About us

Identity

Proyecto DIFA Alternativas y Actualización, A.C. (DIFA Projecto, Alternatives and Update, civil association). is an organization based in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, founded in 2006 and legally established on January 24, 2008.

The word DIFA summarizes our 4 strategic lines: Documentación (Documentation), Investigación (Research), Formación (Training) and Autogestión (Self-management). We are an organization dedicated primarily to Human Development for people in vulnerable conditions and situations due to gender, age, identity and belonging. Our transversal axes are the Generational Perspective, Gender Equity and Transculturality, within a framework of daily exercise of Human Rights.

Values

Identity: "Difa Project" is our collective name, we are a unit built from the recognition of the diversity of the people who give life to Difa Project.

Honesty: We honor and respect the word given, since whoever honors his word is a human being of great quality.

Equity: Understood as the collective responsibility to ensure that we all have the same opportunities

Community: The success of one person represents the success of the entire community, therefore we all support each other to grow.

Globality: As the recognition of human pluralism and the strength it offers to collective growth through reciprocal cooperation.

Collaboration: As a key to work and organizational success, collaborating is a duty and not a concession.

Loyalty: The group that gives life to Proyecto Difa is a social nucleus that is supported intra and inter institutionally.

Social and Political Position

  1. Women and men have the same rights and obligations by law, however, we have different positions and conditions in our historical, social, economic, political and cultural context, therefore, gender equality must be promoted by strengthening the autonomy of women.

  2. The right to decide about our body must be a right protected by the State.

  3. Youth is a temporary condition for a developing generation, each generation of young people must be cared for by social institutions according to their generational characteristics and needs, without stereotypes and without conditioning.

  4. Identity and belonging are personal determinations, everyone has the right to self-ascription or self-exclusion; likewise, no one should be discriminated  or stigmatized  by their identity and / or their belonging of any kind.

  5. The work of organized civil society must be based on an ethical and professional exercise.

Mission

Offer alternatives for Human Development based on Documentation, Research, Training and Self-management, triggering processes that raise the quality of life of people in marginal situations and vulnerability due to gender, age, identity and belonging.

Vision

We are a global presence organization, recognized for its transparent, professional and ethical practice in generating social and human transformations, with wide dissemination of results and incidency models.

Institutional objectives

  • To promote ethical and professional practice in social intervention processes that promote human, economic and social development of people.
  • Generate conditions that improve the quality of life of the people with whom we work.
  • Offer development spaces to new generations in a situation of youth and accompany them in the elaboration of their strategies for adult life.
  • Document, from the creation of written, visual, auditory and audiovisual products, our work.
  • Activate the Culture of Human Rights, the Gender, Generational and cross-cultural perspectives in all aspects of our institutional work.