Integrally Trained Families Become an Asset for Economic Growth
Comayagua, August 14, 2009.- Technicians of the Project of Integrated Production System, funded by the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras (MCA-H) and implemented by Project Global Village, are currently training more than 50 women of the communities of Los Dos Rios and Plan del Cerro in the municipality of Ojos de Agua, are being trained in issues such as gender, parental rights, domestic violence and community empowerment.
As part of this participation and gender strategy, the wives, spouses, sisters and daughters of the project beneficiary’s farmers are being incorporated in all productive processes and economic development projects. “According to this participation strategy, the women in these communities will be able to visibly incorporate themselves in the productive activities of their families” said Sandra Umaña, MCA-Honduras
The strategy’s objective l is to increase women participation in productive processes.
Women of the community of Dos Rios during one of the training sessions on gender equity.
Ms. Umaña also added that the strategy´s objective is to increase women participating in the different phases of the Project’s productive process, “this includes planning, production, administration and marketing of products”.
Gender equity is fundamental in all countries’ economies and the expected development will not possible in the absence of equity; for this reason and as part of their contribution to Honduras’ economic development, the Millennium Challenge Account is actively promoting process to stimulate gender equality and equity processes.
In the Project of Integrated Production System and in order to secure their active participation in the family business, a total of 83 women farmers dedicated to domestic shores have been organized and are now being trained to help their husbands cultivate horticulture crops in their parcels.
It is expected that in two years time, they will be able to manage, take important decisions as part of the family, and achieve empowerment regarding agricultural activities in order to help their husbands but without replacing them.
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