Empowering rural women thru writing

Participant raises her opinion regarding women during Training on GAD

BOAC, Marinduque - In 2016, the Province of Marinduque was severely hit by the Typhoon Nina resulting to damage in agriculture and fisheries, coastal and infrastructure. Thus, the people in Marinduque, particularly the farmers have been experiencing difficulties on how to recover from their losses. Some government and private sectors had already aided them with the basic needs; however, with the growing demand for agriculture and fisheries, farmers need resources such as financial, machineries, materials and inputs to sustain food sufficiency in the province.

At this point, the farmers often rely on grant proposals to subsidize their operation expansion increase market reach, and diversify the operation or share lessons learned with other producers. In line with this, women play an integral part in accomplishing proposals, especially in the research and its design. They also carry out vital functions in identifying the needs for the improvement of the agriculture and rural economies. With this, ATI-MiMaRoPa conducted Training on Gender and Development themed "Writing for Grants" among the rural women and farmers of Marinduque on May 16-18, 2017 at Brgy. Isok, Boac, Marinduque.

This training empowered women as they proved their capacities in making proposals which can be of help to improve their lives. Some women said that this was a good avenue to become further aware of their rights. In addition, the men participants actively partook to the activities in the training. According to them, this training served as an opportunity to remind them of the women's rights and appreciate more of their contributions in their families, communities and economics. Moreover, since some of the participants were barangay officials, they appreciated the most the additional information regarding gender and development. They also imparted some scenarios and circumstances relative to solving women's cases which happened in their communities.

When it comes to proposal writing, they said that this would be very effective and necessary training for the farmers and women's organizations, especially to those who have no or adequate resources for its operations. With this training, they can now make a grant proposal and forward to a funding agency.

“Dahil dito, natutuhan ko ang paggawa ng ng project proposal na pinakaimportante at kailangan ng mga kooperatiba na kulang ang kakayahan at pinansyal. Malaking tulong din ito upang maayos ang koop na walang sapat na pondo at maihanap sa mga ahensyang tumutulong sa mga nangangailangan na kahit papaano ay umangat ang kanilang pamumuhay,” said Narcisa A. Mandoc, participant of the training.

A total of 29 participants attended the said training.