Gender Workshop awakens new perspectives for women in Juruti communities

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Talking about rights, about the possibilities of organization, engagement, conquering demands. With this in mind, the Santa Maria and Prudente communities hosted Gender workshops on November 26th and 27th, bringing together more than 25 women from communities in the region, in the municipality of Juruti. The activity is offered by the Ingá project – Sustainability and Management Indicators in the Amazon. 

Promoting reflections based on the reality of the group, understanding the environmental and social relationships where they are inserted in both the family, social, community, and work environment. From common themes, understand the issue of gender, and the existence of social inequalities, and how this impacts their well-being. In this way, the women indicated, for example, their active participation in the production of manioc flour, one of the main sources of income and work in the communities, and from there they collected information on the division of tasks in work and activities at home. Thus, the workshop worked within a larger methodology, the Participatory Rural Diagnosis (DRP), which, in addition to other activities of the Ingá project, will provide qualified and accurate information about the local reality. 

According to the Amazon IPS - Social Progress Index in the Amazon, Juruti is one of the 57 municipalities with the lowest levels of social progress in the Amazon. And violence against women is still at the most critical level, in red. Aiming to contribute to democratic action and participation in the communities of Juruti, the Ingá Project, through its actions, has so far directly reached an audience composed of 49% of women and 15% of young people. 

Rafaela da Cunha Pinto, Social and Environmental Analyst at the IEB and sociologist, says that providing a space like this is fundamental, especially in interior regions. "We provide tools so that they can later multiply this knowledge themselves, talk to other women and grow stronger together. Have a space for dialogue and, within that dialogue, be able to organize themselves, organize demands, conquer more rights. Talking about their communities and the perspective of being a woman in rural areas, what that influences.” Rafaela also added by stating "The     workshop is this awakening we put situations for them to reflect on what the best paths are, the strategies to organize and strengthen themselves, achieving a better life”. 

The workshop pointed out suggestions to strengthen the relationship between women, such as having a support network, indicating that together they can organize and help each other out. Locally, the municipality has organizations that contribute to gender equity, such as the Juruti Women's Association (AMTJU), which were present at the workshop, presenting the work they returned and making available as a support network already established in the municipality. "It is very important that this women's movement move forward. They were satisfied and, they can count on us, we support various women's groups", said Dinanci Toscano, president of the Juruti Women's Association (AMTJU).

Rosinete Prata, a farmer, who participated in the workshop, spoke about the lessons learned from the activity: “I learned that we have a voice and we have a way out. We women have to work, raise our children, raise our home, and we have to be respected. As women, we have a defense. And it's good to know that we can have people who can help us when we need to.” 

The Ingá project is coordinated by the Sustainable Juruti Institute (IJUS), with investments from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Alcoa, the Alcoa Institute, the Parceiros pela Amazônia (PPA) Platform, and partnerships with the Vitória Régia Institute (IVR), International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB) and the Bioversity/CIAT Alliance.     

"We did an analysis on the issue of work and income. This workshop was very interesting, because we are managing to reach women. We hope you can leave these fruits, that they can really become aware, organize themselves, and that we change the society in which we live", said Maria Melo (Deise), President of the Sustainable Juruti Institute (IJUS).