Meet Scholarship Student, Rubia!
A leader in her community, SHARE scholarship recipient Rubia Guardado lends her skills for organizing efforts to the CCR Women’s Program. During the last four years as the Women’s Program Coordinator Rubia played a vital role in shaping women’s rights, education, and empowerment programs in the rural department of Chalatenango in northern El Salvador. She volunteered full time to organize rural women in her community and is now a lead promoter for the current Women’s Program Coordinator.
This year, Rubia will begin studying social work at the university level.
This SHARE scholarship creates opportunities for Rubia and other women in her community to create pathways to food sovereignty and equal rights: “I will have a better capacity to help the community. I will have more political advocacy experience and technical knowledge. The community gives me strength and the drive to continue studying.”
“I will have a better capacity to help the community, more political advocacy experience and technical knowledge. The community gives me strength and drive to continue studying.”
Rubia’s goal is to lead the women in her community to address sexism, food insecurity, and other issues women in Chalatenango face, “I do not believe the societal myth [that] women cannot dialogue as men do, and that women are simply born to have kids, to please men, and to take care of the elderly. I know that women have the same capacity as men.”
Rubia’s work with the CCR allows her to collaborate with rural women in her community to develop solutions to end discrimination and violence against women, create a more equal culture, and ultimately, to create a voice for women in the sociopolitical world.
“Women do a better job of organizing the community, and given the opportunity they will build it up. Education for each woman is critical because when given the necessary knowledge and tools, she is be able to cultivate economic, social, and political growth within her community.”