Testimony of Sandra Liliana Gutiérrez López. Community Technician of the Scolel´te Program.

I have strarted at AMBIO and the Scolel´te Program being the only female community technician. Being honest, I was afraid of not achieving my goals. At first I felt uncomfortable in the trainings and exchanges because I heard some comments that a woman should be at home, doing home chores, and not in the field, and that was what motivated me to move on, to show them that we are capable of that, and much more.

My biggest challenge was to break the stereotype that women are only cab do what they do at home, since men and women are the same. In AMBIO I felt very good, because I do things that I like, like going out to the field. I monitor carbon, vegetation, birds, amphibians, mammals and reptiles. We have found migratory birds and resident birds, something beautiful we have, is the little crow ”(Hylorchilus navai).

I also have experience installing camera traps. In the trapping photo we have found an ocelot (Ocelote) and other species, such as the tyrant eagle (Spizaetus tirannu) or the black eagle

I work with women in medicinal plants, we have a family garden with women and my biggest challenge is that we have a good plantation. Something that have helped the community, was the workshp of equity and gender. I know that as women, we can do things that a man does. I really feel very happy to be participating in this program and best of all, I have the support of my cowokers and my family.


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