Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay

by Fundacion Paraguaya
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Empowering Poor, Rural Girls in Paraguay
Cirila with her certificate
Cirila with her certificate

Cirila, a 2011 graduate of the Mbaracayú School, received recognition from the US Embassy in Paraguay as part of the program Women for Change “She Rocks 2017” for being a woman who challenges gender stereotypes.  Cirila is a park ranger, one of two women park rangers of the Natural Forest Reserve of Mbaracayú, a job she began when she was 19 years old. Although she breaks stereotypes by doing a job commonly performed by men, she believes that her work is not difficult and that she is respected by all her male peers. She is dynamic, with a lot of predisposition and with leadership capacity.

"Women for Change #SheRocks 2017" is a campaign that seeks to distinguish the outstanding work of women in Paraguay; the outstanding women were honored at an event held at the Embassy for the Day of Women in Paraguay and International Women's Day.

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New Robotics Academy
New Robotics Academy

Saturday, December 10 the final edition of the competition of the National Robotics League for the year 2016-2017 took place at the BBVA auditorium (Avda. Mariscal López and Torreani Viera). During the meeting, the first robotics academy exclusively for rural women in Canindeyú was presented.

During the competition, the Robotics Academy of the Educative Center of Mbaracayú (CEM) was presented. This will be the first academy in the northern part of the country to become part of the Paraguayan REEDUCA network. The opening of this academy is made possible by the financial support of the United States Embassy.  Its opening represents a qualitative jump in materials for technology and inclusive education, as CEM offers quality education directed exclusively to young women from rural areas, including girls from indigenous and farming communities.

Through the creative process, in addition to the construction of a robot, the students actively learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a research project oriented towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Students enjoy the new robotics academy
Students enjoy the new robotics academy
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Safira in front of the Fundacion Paraguaya office
Safira in front of the Fundacion Paraguaya office

Safira, CEM graduate of the Class of 2014, has been able to achieve her dream of working as an assistant at Fundación Paraguaya. She loved to help in the secretary’s office at CEM where she voluntarily offered to help the Secretary of the College and learned to answer the phone and do basic secretarial work. Since then, she had told us that someday she would like to develop a job like this. Safira is originally from the Toba Qom indigenous community of Cerrito Chaco, and she finished her studies Technical degree in the CEM despite several difficulties, including, becoming a mother at a very young age. She has overcome several barriers to finish her school and achieve a stable job at Fundación Paraguaya, where she is still learning every day with the help of her office colleagues. She loves secretarial work and we are happy to see that she is achieving her goals. Come on, Safi!

Safira at her job with Fundacion Paraguaya
Safira at her job with Fundacion Paraguaya
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Bianca and Palmira present at Gramo Paraguay talks
Bianca and Palmira present at Gramo Paraguay talks

Bianca (22) and Palmira (21), graduates of the Educative Center in Mbaracayu (Centro Educativo de Mbaracayu) (CEM), shared their experience in the conversation cycle “Gramo Paraguay”, on Friday, May 27 in the Lyrical Theater of the Central Paraguayan Bank (BCP).  In front of more than 1000 people, Bianca and Palmira related their experience in living and studying at CEM, and how it substantially changed their lives and the way they value nature and the environment.

The students began their talk by highlighting the great challenge faced by women in rural areas who want to study, that the majority of these women are excluded from the educational system. “To be a woman in the rural areas is a challenge, but that does not impede us from chasing and reaching our goals,” said Palmira to the applause of the audience, and she added, “poverty isn’t only about material things; poverty is the lack of opportunity and of education.”

The history of Bianca and Palmira is especially inspiring because both managed to overcome the systematic exclusion being experienced by rural women and today, and now not only walk into a horizon full of opportunities but also work for a sustainable education that continues to reach more women. Both young women are leaders in their communities of environmental protection and nature conservation. With good reason, their speech ended with an emotional standing ovation.

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Palmira represented at the US Embassy
Palmira represented at the US Embassy

Three graduates of the Educational Center Mbaracayú were honored by the U.S. Embassy in Paraguay, in MUJERES PARA EL CAMBIO #‎SheRocks. In commemoration of the Paraguayan Women’s Day and in the framework of the International Women's Day, the American embassy in Paraguay has awarded recognitions to women who have, from their positions, broken barriers and managed to excel through social projects, innovative ideas and community development. The graduates are Palmira, Neida and Numila.

Palmira, one of the youth recognized by the U.S. Ambassador in Paraguay, Leslie A. Bassett, in the framework of the campaign "Mujeres para el Cambio" 2016, also formed a part of the campaign driven by the Embassy, called #SheRocks. They had chosen a photo of Palmira for one of their posters that are displayed alongside the Kubitscheck avenue, next to the Embassy; enormous murals with a message written by Palmira, among other girls who were selected, dedicated to them and other women who broke barriers and have shown us, with their experiences, that every sacrifice has its reward. 

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