‘Kalan Je La’an: Following the Maya Voice’ is a 4-year-long project, which kicked off in January 2020 in Yucatan and Quintana Roo. It aims to provide a platform where Maya heritage, values, traditions, language and culture can be broadcast locally, nationally, internationally and globally.
The ultimate goals of the #MayaVoice project are to change national and international public opinion, to encourage a change inside and outside indigenous Maya communities, to emphasize the importance of the inclusion of the Maya language in the Mexican education system, to empower women and youth, and to provide a platform where Maya people can broadcast their messages, needs, and concerns independently. ICDO raises awareness of the fact that the Maya have a lack of access to the Mexican health system and face discrimination and segregation by the rest of the Mexican population. Finally, one of ICDO’s goals is to create change in the policies affecting these communities.
As its name suggests, the ‘Kalan Je La’an: Following the Maya Voice’ project aims to amplify the voices of indigenous Maya communities who, despite facing various struggles, are greatly underrepresented in the public sphere.