A Message from the Organized Women of Chalatenango Facing the Food Crisis
At a recent Forum on Food Justice sponsored by Oxfam, Sonía Alemán, representing hundreds of organized women in Chalatenango, read the following message about food security in Chalatenango. The message was collectively written by twenty women leaders of SHARE counterpart the CCR. SHARE is currently working with the CCR on a project called Women’s Empowerment through Food Security and Microfinance.
A translation of Sonía’s message:
I, Sonia Alemán, rural woman and preserver of life, wish to share reflections that, with other rural women from Chalatenango, we have in relation to the serious food crisis we face.
Despite our own efforts and those of our families, dedicated to farming life, organized women believe that in our rural communities, we are unable to ensure healthy food for our families.
In our communities, we are able to produce at least corn and beans. But we understand that a complete diet is more than that—we need food in both quantity and quality to nourish our bodies, so that our sons and daughters can grow healthy and strong.
Currently, women face many difficulties to provide food for our homes.
In the first place, we do not have secure access to land to grow. In addition, it is impoverished land, sick and polluted. This effects especially women, as the majority of fertile land owners are right, and it is almost always men that enjoy the right to property, although it is us women who work the land.