Rural Women’s Empowerment

SHARE currently supports two projects with the CCR: Empowering Women in Political, Economic, and Social Advocacy and Youth Organizing and Entrepreneurship in the Communities of the CCR. Read more about the Association of Communities from the Development of Chalatenango (CCR)!

Project Name: Empowering Women in Political, Economic, and Social Advocacy

Deysi stands with the fruits of her labor. Ignacio Ellacuría, Chalatenango

Deysi stands with the fruits of her labor.
Ignacio Ellacuría, Chalatenango

By facilitating discussion, promoting space for open exchange, and supporting concrete projects like microloans and family vegetable gardens, this project contributes to women’s leadership development in the CCR region. Women have the right to participate in decision-making processes at all levels: community, municipals, national etc. Unfortunately, cultural norms in El Salvador often exclude women during decision-making processes. The project works to remedy this by promoting the recognition of the rights of women and the creation of space for women to participate at all levels of society. By supporting the empowerment of women leaders, raising awareness of women’s rights, and creating economic opportunities, this project will greatly strengthen 70 community-based women’s committees and create a lasting impact on their communities.

Specific Project Elements:

  • Training, supplies and support for family vegetable gardens for the members of three Municipal Women’s Committees, a total of 77 families. These gardens will help women and their families work towards food sovereignty, manage the food crisis, and provide additional income for poor families
  • Continuing support for over 300 community gardens founded since 2010
  • Support for women’s committees to motivate and promote women’s participation in communities
  • Facilitate women’s leadership training through monthly meetings
  • Allow women to understand and defend their rights through workshops on the Equality Law and the Law for a Life Free of Violence for Women

Community Perspective

“Many women are housewives with little education and there simply aren’t job opportunities. The economic crisis is bad (in El Salvador) and really hitting families hard. The micro-loans are a way to help support women economically.” – María Isabel Rivera Castillo, microloan recipient

CCR coordinator Juanita and other CCR women participate in advocacy actions on food sovereignty outside the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly.

CCR coordinator Juanita and other CCR women participate in advocacy actions on food sovereignty outside the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly.

“Where there is no organization, projects don’t work. This project is helping us to be more organized and responsible… we have to keep the the plants healthy. We know that if we are chosen for a project, we have to be responsible to ensure its success.” -Gloria, President of the women’s committee and participant in the community vegetable garden in Los Pozos

 

Project Supporters

Thanks to the following Grassroots Partners for their ongoing accompaniment of communities in the CCR region: St John Fisher Chapel MI, the Detroit SHARE Committee, Good Shepherd WI, St Sebastian’s WI, St. Mary’s Baltimore, St Patrick’s WA, the Paulist Center MA.

Read more about this Women’s Empowerment Project:

Abandoned by two Countries, the Women of El Portillo Forge their own Future
Community Gardens: The Women of El Bajillo

Literacy and Loans: Leaning on each other in Los Ramirez
Women with Corbos Las Mercedes, Chalatenango
Organic Veggies and Powerful Women Tucked Away in the Chalatenango Mountains

Micro-Credit and Women’s Empowerment in Chalatenango

Munching with the Mujeres 
CCR Rural Women’s Empowerment Project Recommendation 2015-2016

CCR Rural Women’s Empowerment Final Report 2014

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