Jessie M. Obidiegwu

Jessie M. Obidiegwu was born in 1926 in Agulu in southeastern Nigeria. Jessie’s poor life chances notwithstanding, she surmounted huge obstacles to emerge as a community organizer and a principled, committed servant leader. Continue reading »



Dr. Sylvia Marcos

Dr. Sylvia Marcos is the Director of the Center for Psychoethnological Research in Cuernavaca, Mexico where she is a practicing clinical psychologist. She is the author and editor of many books and articles on the history of psychiatry, medicine and women’s popular culture in prehispanic and contemporary Mexico. Dr. Marcos has conducted extensive research on the construction of gender and sexuality in indigenous, colonial, and post-colonial culture. She has done field research on contemporary women healers among urban and rural poor in the state of Morelos and among indigenous groups in the state of Chiapas. In addition she is the founder of Catholics for a Free Choice in Mexico and in Latin America, and of “Semillas” (Global Fund for Women), a Mexican NGO funding with “seed” resources women’s groups, and she was an international methodologies consultant for IRRRAG (International Reproductive Rights Research Action Group). She is active in the International Women’s Health Movement focusing on the recuperation of traditional health practices that empower women.

Dr. Sylvia Marcos researches and writes on gender issues in ancient and contemporary Mexico. She has been awarded the H. W. Luce Visiting Professorship at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and Visiting International Professor at Drew Theological Seminary. Currently, she is Visiting Professor of Mesoamerican Religions and Gender in the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University.  Her academic appointments have included teaching postgraduate level courses in Psychology and Sociology of Religion at Harvard University.
Other awards she has received include the Rockefeller Humanist in Residence Award at the Women’s Studies Program of Hunter College in New York City, and post-doctoral research fellowships for the Women’s Program at Harvard University, the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, University of Massachusetts), and the Humanities Research Institute (HRI), University of California, Irvine.
She is a member of the editorial board of Religion and Cuadernos Feministas, editorial advisor for Concilium: International Review of Theology, international editor for Gender and Society and Alter-Native: A Maori Journal for Excellence in Research, and international board for the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. She is founding member of the International Connections Committee of the American Academy of Religion and she has served on the board of the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics. She is Secretary for International Affairs of the Permanent Board of Directors for the Asociación Latinoamericana para el Estudio de las Religiones (ALER).
In Mexico, Dr. Marcos is a research associate in Religion and Society with the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH). She is also a founding member of the Permanent Seminar on Gender and Anthropology with the Institute for Anthropological Research at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (IIA-UNAM). At the Colegio de México she is a member of the ongoing seminar on Reproductive Health and Society. Previous academic positions include professor of social and of sexual psychology at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Centro de Derechos Humanos Don Sergio for indigenous women’s rights and she is a consultant for indigenous social organizations concerning gender.
Her most recent published books are: Taken from the Lips: Gender and Eros in Mesoamerica, Brill, 2006; Dialogue and Difference: Feminists Challenge Globalization, New York: Palgrave, 2005 and the third volume of the Enciclopedia Iberoamericana de Religiones: Religión y Genero, Madrid: Editorial Trotta, 2004. She is the editor of Gender/Bodies/Religions, IAHR, 2000, and co-editor of Mujeres e Iglesia: Sexualidad y Aberto en America Latina, 1989.