About Ìyá Global
Who is Ìyá Jeanette?
Jeanette Charles is a proud daughter of the Haitian Diaspora raised by working-class Black and Brown Los Angeles. She is the founder of Ìyá Global. She is a storyteller and scholar with a Master's in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor's in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from Scripps College. Her research focuses on the African Diaspora with an emphasis on grassroots movements, religion, and political economy. Ìyá Jeanette received her coaching certification from ICF. She is an international solidarity organizer, independent journalist, human rights advocate, popular educator, and delegation coordinator. Her work is published in a variety of outlets including teleSUR English, Small Axe, Black Agenda Report, The Hill, Venezuelanalysis, International Strategy Center, Haiti Solidarity Newsletter, América Latina en Línea, and KPFP. She’s organized speaker tours with grassroots leaders, artists, healers, farmers, youth activists, feminists, and more across the US and throughout the Americas as well. She also works as a general coordinator and producer for film and media projects. She is a long-time member of the L.A. based Chiapas Support Committee and Witness for Peace Solidarity Collective
What is Ìyá Global?
Ìyá Global is a coaching, consulting, research and writing, educational travel, and media production enterprise. I launched Ìyá Global in 2020 to offer my skillsets during a time of great transformation.
My work is influenced by Black Internationalism, African spiritual systems, and Indigenous cosmologies. For more than a decade, I've organized in Los Angeles and throughout Latin American and the Caribbean. From the buses to the barrios, I've learned from countless freedom fighters on the frontlines. Modern-day maroons in Haiti, Afro-Venezuelan anti-racist organizers, Garifuna youth in Honduras, Aymara leaders in Bolivia, cooperative farmers in Nicaragua, healthcare workers and healers in Cuba, and Mayan civil war survivors in Guatemala among others are my greatest teachers.
As a journalist, human rights advocate, and popular educator, I witnessed the inspiring ways grassroots movements bridged their political practices and spiritual beliefs in an effort to build a better world. Ìyá Global took shape as I reflected on my journey and these lessons.
What does Ìyá Global mean?
Ìyá in Yoruba translates to mother. In the Ifá Isese tradition, an Ìyánífá may refer to a community leader as well as a woman well-trained in divination tools. In the Diaspora, I’ve also seen Ìyá used as a salutation and term of endearment for a friend or compañera. Global refers to my internationalist perspective. While Ìyá Global serves a multi-racial and gender diverse community, it is important for this work to shine light on the contributions made by the historically oppressed and especially, women of color.
What is Ìyá Global's mission?
Ìyá Global is dedicated to accompanying the people, organizations, and communities who struggle everyday for our collective liberation. Ìyá Global believes that we will elevate ourselves and generations to come by fighting for our freedom both spiritually and materially.