Without regard for cultural, linguistic or ethnic divisions, March 8th is a day we honor the vast social, political and economic achievements of women worldwide. International Women’s Day first emerged in 1909 largely through the push of labor movements, but officially took the global stage when recognized by the UN in 1975 “to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.”
The women of Agros villages have played extraordinary roles in the development of their communities. Not only do they tend to the family’s crops, but they are also successfully raising their children, managing the home, leading community efforts, furthering their own education, and starting and growing other small businesses. The stories of women’s achievements in Agros villages are countless, but here are just a few of note:
- One woman, Petronilla, is determined to grow multiple income-generating projects and send her four daughters to school to learn to read and write (pursuits she could not achieve as an indigenous girl).
- Ten women in the village of Brisas del Volcán can be credited for having the vision and sheer determination to start, build and grow that village.
- Hundreds of women are advancing opportunity for their extended families by building ‘Women’s Community Banks’ across Agros villages.
Agros International has always recognized and supported the critical role of women in building and nurturing thriving communities, families, and individuals.
One example of this can be seen in the Agros model which ensures that women are equally recognized on the title of land ownership—both the husband and the wife’s name is on the land title, which is not always the case otherwise in the region. Owning land for the first time in their lives is a powerful thing, giving women a tremendous sense of personal pride; getting equal recognition and reward in the eyes of the law for their contributions is an important component to building equity in other areas of community development.
Today we also give pause to look ahead and recognize that there is so much untapped potential and opportunity still awaiting future generations of women.
Together, let’s help support these women’s efforts by providing them with access to resources and the opportunity to grow. Please consider giving the women of Agros villages the gift of hope through a gift of: