Tools to mainstream gender equity and women’s empowerment in IFAD’s projects: th
e experience of Central America
Methodology of family approach
The methodology promoted the integration and participation of men, women and youthin productive activities with business vision, based on knowledge of cultural aspectsprevalent in the population, enabling better acceptance by users.
Awareness and training for PREMODER’s technical team, Services Enterprises
The process of gender awareness constituted a key element to sensitize variousstakeholders involved in the experience, facilitating its application and the definition of strategic lines and actions consistent with the reality of the country. Gender approachcannot be implemented if there are not sensible teams, convinced and engaged withthe generation of structural changes in attitude, in order to overcome disadvantagedsituations suffered by women in rural areas.
Developing a plan for the creation and strengthening of capacities in ruralwomen
The Associativity and Gender Unit was engaged in creating an
d developing women’s
skills and capacities for them to join rural organizations, take part in decision-makingand be protagonists of their own development.
Design and implementation of a monitoring, following up and assessmentsystem on gender aspects
With a clear definition of responsibilities and actions by individual members of thestaff, it was possible to monitor and follow up the strategies implemented in the field,in order to measure progress, miscalculations and propose improvements fordevelopment processes.
What results and achievements have been obtained in terms of management and
At personal level
Women with full knowledge of their rights, self-assured, without fear of expressingthemselves.Women with skills developed in processing and marketing of profitable productiveactivities.The participation of women in activities outside the house was promoted throughtraining, meetings, visits and commercialization activities; in this way, they contactedpeople and experiences and, above all, contribute to their own development.With women administrating economic resources there are meaningful changes in lifeconditions of rural families supported by PREMODER, for instance, in education, health,diet, incomes to improve
women’s health, improved houses and assets acquisition.