The #Ometepe2015 Project
CoDevelopment Canada needs to raise $4000 by November 2015 to support our #Ometepe2015 Project!
Many ways to donate: Canada Helps, CHIMP, Go Fund Me, Indie GoGo.
CoDev is working with the Maria Elena Cuadra Movement of Employed and Unemployed Women (MEC) on a two-year project focusing on young indigenous woman on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua that began this past year. The objective of the project is to promote the economic and political empowerment of women living in the indigenous communities of Las Pilas, Urbaite, Sintiope, Tilgue and San Jose on Ometepe Island. The goal of the project is to empower young women to be leaders at the family, community and municipal level and to participate fully in decision-making spaces and initiatives that contribute to the defense of their rights.
This year’s efforts focused on establishing a livestock and agriculture academy as well as a leadership academy on the island. After graduating from the academies these women will replicate their knowledge with others in their communities. Twenty-five women from the communities of Urbaite, Las Pilas and Sintiope were selected to be a part of the agriculture and livestock academy. The women have learned about the management of different animals and crops, nutrition, environment, environmental legislation, micro watershed management, and so on. As well, 25 women participated in the leadership academy where they learned about women’s contribution to the economy, communication techniques, leadership skills, relevant legal frameworks about women’s rights, and more.
In addition to the academies, MEC has formed a network of volunteer promoters that incorporates 114 women from the 5 indigenous communities where they are concentrating their work. This network of women has begun working together on a process to defend their rights.
In the coming year (year 2 of the project), MEC will continue to strengthen the knowledge- and information-sharing of students that are in the academies and work with the network of volunteers in their process to defend their rights.
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