Clementina Díaz y de Ovando Award

The Mexican Federation of University Women, AC grants the “Clementina Díaz y de Ovando” award, which aims to recognize the work and academic career of those who have distinguished themselves for their actions in favor of women's rights and substantive equality.

Clementina Díaz y de Ovando Award 2010

Graduated in Economics from UNAM, she was the first Mexican to obtain a postgraduate degree in Economics at Harvard University and in 1950 she was co-founder of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL).

She was one of the first women to lead important responsibilities in the Federal Government. In 1966 she headed the Office of the Presidency of the Republic as Economic Chief, Undersecretary of Administrative Decentralization of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit.

In the Institutional Revolutionary Party, she held the Presidency of the Budget Commission.

Ambassador of Mexico in New York to the United Nations.

Member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Commission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Pre-candidate for the Head of Government of Mexico City in 2000.

Economic Coordinator of the Presidential campaigns of Mr. Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

She was a member of the Group of Notables who drafted the Political Constitution Project of Mexico City, occupying the vice presidency of the Installation Board in the Constituent Assembly.

She was a member of the initial advisory board of UNICEF, Mexico.

Clementina Díaz y Ovando Award 2017

Elena Poniatowska Amor, daughter of a French father of Polish origin, Jean E. Poniatowski, and Mexican mother, Paula Amor, was born in Paris in 1932. The first woman to receive the National Prize of Journalism, her works include ““La Noche de Tlatelolco”, a classic since its publication, which was awarded the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize, which she rejected, asking who was going to reward the dead. Among her novels and short stories are “La flor de lis”, “De noche vinos” and “Tlapalería”, “Paseo de la Reforma”, “Hasta no verte Jesús mio”, the life of a Mexican welder, “Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela”, “Tinísima” winner of the Mazatlán Prize (1992), “La Piel del Cielo”, winner of the 2001 Alfaguara Novel Prize and “El tren pasa primero”.

After receiving Honoris Causa doctorates from the UNAM and the UAM, she was awarded those from the University of Puebla, the University of Sonora and Mexico State, the University of Guerrero, the University of Chiapas and the University of Puerto Rico. She also received the New School of Social Research in New York, Manhattanville College and Florida Atlantic University in the United States and at Paris 8, the Sorbonne and in Pau-Pyrénées, among others.

Clementina Díaz y Ovando Award 2018

First woman appointed as Government Secretary.

She was born in Mexico City in 1947, has a law degree from UNAM and completed her postgraduate studies in Social Policy and Administration in Great Britain. She has been awarded an Honoris Causa doctorate seven times by the Autonomous University of Morelos, the Autonomous University of Nuevo León and others.

She was the first female Notary by opposition in the then Federal District, now Mexico City, where she is the head of Public Notary 182 and also served as a full magistrate of the Superior Court of Justice from 1993 to 1995. She served as Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, a position she held from February 1995 to November 2015.

She has a large number of publications in books and magazines. In September 2016 she was appointed Constituent Deputy of Mexico City.

Clementina Díaz y Ovando Award 2019

Writer, teacher and journalist. She was born in Mexico City on January 28, 1930. She graduated in Literature from the UNAM, and continued academic studies in Paris, she obtained her doctorate at the University of La Sorbonne.

In 1958 she began her academic career with a teaching job at UNAM. She was founder and director of the UNAM's Punto de Partida Magazine in 1966. From 1977 to 1985, Glantz was a collaborator of Radio Universidad and also of the Unomásuno newspaper. In the field of cultural dissemination, she held several positions: director of the Mexican-Israeli Cultural Institute (1966-1970), of the UNAM Foreign Languages Center (1970-1971) and of Literature at the National Institute of Fine Arts (1983- 1986), among other charges. From 1986 to 1988 she was cultural attaché at the Mexican embassy in London, England.

Since 1995 she has been an active member of the Mexican Academy of Language, professor emeritus at UNAM, columnist for the Mexican newspaper La Jornada and novelist.

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