Ingá Project supports female leadership in communities in the municipality of Juruti

Video series presents stories and actions developed by residents to increase participation in collective decisions

 

To mark the month in which International Women's Day is celebrated, the Ingá project released a series of videos that bring stories and actions developed by residents of communities in the municipality of Juruti, located in an area of the Amazon rainforest in the state of Pará.

Gender Workshop – Ingá Project. Municipality of Juruti. Photo: IJUS.

One of the videos brings reports of women who participated in the gender workshop, in which there was an exchange of experiences and knowledge seeking to strengthen their participation in the decisions of their communities. “I learned that we have time and voice. And also that we have to work together”, said farmer Rosinete Prata. “What we didn't know, we learned to practice”, added farmer Raimunda Marques.

Gender Workshop – Ingá Project. Municipality of Juruti. Photo: IJUS

For the socio-environmental analyst at the International Institute of Education of Brazil (IEB) Rafaela da Cunha Pinto, the workshop was an opportunity to capture the impacts of the project. “These social roles that they learn throughout their lives can influence their participation in the public sphere, in organizations, in associations.”

The president of the Sustainable Juruti Institute (IJUS), Maria Melo, recalled that one of the reflections made during the workshop was about the work performed by women and their contribution. “The workshop was very interesting because we were able to reach them.”

The Ingá project – Sustainability and Management Indicators in the Amazon is coordinated by IJUS, with investments from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/Brazil), the Plataforma Parceiros pela Amazônia (PPA), Alcoa and Instituto Alcoa. It has partnerships with the IEB, the Vitória Régia Institute (IVR) and the Alliance Bioversity International/CIAT.

Since the end of August 2021, the project has been supporting the formation of human capital aiming at autonomy in the management and leadership of the territory, in addition to the protection and conservation of native forests with restoration of degraded areas (learn more here https://pcabhub.org/pt-br/noticias/noticias-destaques-pcab/projeto-inga-vai-apoiar-comunidades-de-juruti-em-desafios-ambientais-sociais-e-economicos-com-foco-no-desenvolvimento-sustentavel).

The initiative also aims to strengthen local entrepreneurship and structure the observatory of sustainable development indicators, focusing on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, established by the United Nations (UN).

As part of the proposal to support female leadership in Juruti, another video tells what the Ingá project represents in the lives of women in the region. The municipality, which covers a territory of 830,500 hectares, has about 59 thousand inhabitants, of which 60% are in rural areas, spread over 200 communities.

The Ingá project prioritizes three important regions of the municipality – the Curumucuri Agroextractive Settlement Project (PEAEX), in which there is a partnership with the Curumucuri Gleba Communities Association (ACOGLEC) and the Curumucuri Mixed Cooperative; PEAEX Prudente and Monte Sinai, in partnership with the Association of Prudente and Monte Sinai Communities (ACOPRUMS); and the Jará Environmental Protection Area (APA), where the work will be carried out together with the council of the Conservation Unit.

 

Studies 

Another action within the project reported in a video released in March was the work of the Rural Participatory Diagnosis (DPR), which aims to raise the profile of community members and families who have crops and agricultural swiddens on the Curumucuri plot. It will also trace a diagnosis of the local structure, such as basic sanitation, housing conditions and other data.

“With the work we can get to know the desires of the community, what they think and dream, how they develop their territory”, says Sara Melo da Silva, one of the DPR applicators.

 

More information about the Ingá project on the PPA and IJUS.