Mexican singer Lila Downs believes that education can be "a solution" for the violence and machismo suffered by the poorer women of her country, women who continue to inspire the songs of an artist who in her latest disc again stands up for "Indian pride."

"Pecados y Milagros" (Sins and Miracles) is the title of Downs' latest work that goes on sale in the fall but that she and her band are already presenting song by song on her current tour of Spain.

Downs performs Wednesday in Santander.

Jounalists there spoke Tuesday about her new songs, about her fight for an indigenous identity and about her work in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca helping Indian women get an education and become leaders capable of transforming their communities.

The singer has seen to it that 72 girls who had dropped out were able to graduate from high school and, in some cases, go to college.

Every time she gives an interview outside of Mexico, she is asked for the answer to the violence and machismo in her country. In that regard she says that her project is "one of the most positive things" imaginable.

As the daughter of a Mixtec Indian mother and a U.S. man of Scottish descent, the search for identity has been "very important" for Downs because, she said, Mexicans have been "denied Indian pride for many years, hundreds of years."