Gender Tools and Good Practices Applied by PRODEVER
Capacity building of communal organizations referred to in the component of local capacity building
This component encouraged the active participation of women, considering thestrategic lines to achieve business vision and self-management capacity, based ongender and ethnic equity, with full integration of environmental issues. The followingare some of the main lines:
Organization: composed by four strategic elements: i) Legalize; ii) Strengthen;iii) Consolidate; and iv) Provide training and technical assistance for productionand commercialization.
Community leaders: there are three elements at this level: i) Identify andprioritize problems and solutions; ii) Strengthen (self-esteem); and iii) Training(organizational, administrative and technical aspects).
Create the conditions to reduce levels o
f indigenous women’s disadvantage
Based on the disadvantaged position of women compared with their fellow men,PRODEVER had to allocate resources for projects that were not included in its portfolio,such as: business literacy programs, reproductive health, gender and environmentalawareness, projects to reduce domestic workload, childcare. These projects wereessential to propitiate women´s inclusion in income-generating activities.
Gender awareness and training for PRODEVER’s technical team and for
companies providing services to ensure the applicability of gender approach
PRODEVER’s technical teams, as well as service pr
oviders, were sensitized and trainedon gender issues as a strategy to ensure the applicability of gender approach in ruralorganizations.
What results and achievements have been obtained in terms of
management and women’s empowerment
“Before I didn’t even go to
because I was afraid, gradually we began toreceive support to travel to the capital and to
now I haveeven went to Italy, I went on my own
lthough I spent a day in Madrid, becausethe flight left me, I made it to Milan, where I took the products made by my fellow women from the association
I have also been to Nicaragua and Costa Rica,always with our products, I have been to other countries to see other institutionsand people, what are they doing, if they have our products,
what do they think about our products, all these with the support of PRODEVER
(Santos Sis Ixtecoc,Asociación Mujeres Unidas por el Trabajo, San Miguel Chicaj, B. V.
to the right of the picture). (Revista de sistematización de Experiencias, Restableciendo el TejidoSocial)
PRODEVER. Local capacity building component
Municipal City of Alta Verapaz