Irma Pineda was born in the municipality of Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, she graduated in Communications and studied a Masters of Education and Cultural Diversity. Currently, she has an extensive literary career and more than 12 bilingual books, many of them translated into several languages. Known for writing poetry books, translations and children’s books, it’s not a surprise that she has been President of the association Escritores en Lenguas Indígenas. Her works include “De la casa del ombligo a las nueve cuartas”, “Xilase”, “Cosmovisión” and literature of the “Binigula’sa” and “Chupa ladxidua’-Dos es mi corazón”
Irma has continued her studies and preparation around the world, and in 2020 she became a member of the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues of the United Nations (UN) and will continue as a representative until 2022. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SER) and the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples (INPI) are the organizations that proposed her to carry out this important position, in order to give a voice to the native peoples of America.
During her tenure, Irma has worked on and disseminated an agenda that addresses issues of unquestionable validity and relevance, such as indigenous women, the environment, education, native languages and the right to consultation. All these aspects have been developed from the perspective, knowledge and worldview of indigenous peoples, in order to measure progress and achieve the greatest possible development and well-being for the communities.