Xiomara is the Program Officer for the Latin American and Caribbean Initiative to Prevent and Address Early Unions in Adolescents and Girls (LAC Initiative) as part of the CAMY Fund. She coordinates with various civil society organizations, donors and governments in organizing international and regional events. She represents the Foundation in front of key audiences regarding the initiative’s objectives and works with allies in political advocacy on child marriage, early unions and sexual and reproductive rights.
She is a Costa Rican, afro-descendant activist for women’s rights. She has a strong background in strategic planning and participatory processes for social development projects. She has extensive experience in integrating approaches that are multicultural and intersectional that take into account the diversity of gender, youth, indigenous peoples and sexual diversity.
Xiomara has supported the work of organizations such as UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA and other international non-governmental and community-based organizations since 2010. Between 2013 and 2015, she served as Gender Advisor to the Regional Government of San Martín, Peru, with the Access to Justice Program of CUSO International. She also supported the work of the International Forum of Indigenous Women in implementing the Leading from the South Program, collaborating partners in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.
She is a member of the Collective for Women’s Right to Choose and co-founder of Akoben Afro-Feminist Collective, where she advocates for sexual and reproductive rights and the rights of Afro-descendant communities in Costa Rica.
Her work and activism have led her to participate in various diplomatic delegations in countries such as Peru, Mexico, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Xiomara has a degree in Law from the University of Costa Rica. She communicates fluently in Spanish and English and in Portuguese at intermediate level.
My desire and determination to work for the advancement of social justice have found a home at SIF where I am certain I will be able to implement transformational proposals for a better world.