In Chiapas, indigenous and rural women living in rural areas are in some degree of poverty. It is aggravated, in most cases, due to some practices of uses and social customs, which naturalize cultural practices that exclude them from the access to land rights and other kind of rights, like the participation with voice and vote on issues of interest in their communities.
To address this problem, AMBIO seeks to develop, implement and monitor climate change mitigation strategies that promote equal opportunities and equal benefit sharing between men and women through projects, such as the Scolel´te. Since 2016, Scolel´te has developed local strategies to encourage the use of a gender perspective in 19 rural communities of Chiapas.
Currently, 80% of the local processes managed through Scolel´te are developed incorporating the gender perspective. This includes encouraging the participation of women, as well as other vulnerable groups, such as youth and elderly people, in various conservation activities, as well as their participation in the design of planes vivos, seed collection, establishment and care of forest nurseries, as well as reforestation activities.
Some of the impacts achieved, allowed the integration of working groups, the strengthening of participants' capacities and the creation of spaces that promote the exchange of ideas and experiences. The foundations have been laid in the communities to generate a vision of the important work carried out by women, young and the elderly people, in conservation of the environment, as well as the needs and their specific interests, which allows the program to have more information on the causes of deforestation and forest degradation.
Derived from this effort, it was possible to integrate and consolidate a Women's Cooperative, legally constituted, with the working group of the Libertad Campesina, in the municipality of Osumacinta, Chiapas. They will begin to market their artisanal products.