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Enlace Online Courses for Indigenous Women

June 3, 2010

By pwrdf

June 19 Story: Enlace Online Courses for Indigenous Women

For more than a decade, PWRDF has accompanied indigenous women by providing a grant to the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas (ENLACE).  Indigenous women throughout North, Central, and South America still face gender and racial discrimination, forced displacement, land and territory disentitlement, and impoverishment.

Trainers in training
The Central America section of ENLACE, lead by the Organiza

tion of Indigenous Women of Panama (CONAMUIP), has developed an innovative Information Technology (IT) project: a virtual school for indigenous women which offers courses on issues affecting indigenous women.  The most recent course, “Indigenous Women, Biodiversity and Climate Change “,  had 42 participants (including  2 men), representing Cree, Kuna, Wayuu, Q´eqchíes and other indigenous peoples from Cana

da to Argentina.  This course examined a variety of issues including access to land and water.

Arely Suazo a Lenca, an indigenous woman from Honduras was one of the participants in this course.  She wrote the
following message to CONAMUIP:

“I am full of emotion to address this audience to state my thankfulness for the knowledge I gained as a participant of the course …. Not only it has allowed me to expand my knowledge about indigenous women, biodiversity and climate change but also I was able to share with a lot of youth who contribute to this area of work…I am a witness that the work of CONAMUIP together with that of other organizations and the Online School is excellent. It teaches us about our responsibility on indigenous issues and the relationship with biodiversity and climate change…  I have many plans and projects that could benefit my fellow indigenous. As an indigenous woman, our work has no end, we need to educate all. We “indigenous are the most vulnerable before any situation”

A $125 contribution to PWRDF can fund the participation of an indigenous woman like Arely in a CONAMUIP virtual course.