UN Women participates in seminar on economic empowerment of rural women and men in Mesoamerica

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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The seminar in Rome was attended by Luiza Carvalho, UN Women Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean; Maria Machicado, UN Women Representative in Guatemala and Joaquin Lozano, Director of IFAD for Latin America and the Caribbean. Photo: Courtesy of IFAD

Sharing stories of rural women entrepreneurs, through innovative actions with partners in Mesoamerica was part of the seminar "Sharing experiences and building new approaches for the economic empowerment of women and men in rural areas and the access to markets from Mesoamerica", held on September 20, in Rome, Italy, by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in collaboration with UN Women and the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport). 

During the event, UN Women shared the results of the programme “Broadening Economic Opportunities for Rural Women in Latin America”, which had three years of implementation and financing from IFAD.

Photo: Courtesy of IFAD

The meeting served as al platform to address and exchange new methodologies, tools and lessons learned from practice in the field. Also, to share life stories and transformations of rural economic empowerment, from the voices of three of its protagonists.

 “Broadening Economic Opportunities for Rural Women in Latin America” is an initiative implemented by UN Women in four countries: El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico and Guatemala, where a strategy and working model of economic empowerment of rural women entrepreneurs, has helped to transform the lives of 3,655 women grouped in 97 productive organizations within these countries, who have obtained access to productive resources, non-traditional investments in time-saving technologies and care services, and training from an integral approach that sought economic empowerment and staff.

 The seminar in Rome was attended by Luiza Carvalho, UN Women Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean; Maria Machicado, UN Women Representative in Guatemala and Joaquin Lozano, Director of IFAD for Latin America and the Caribbean.