Several young women from rural communities in the Toledo District learned the skills to be a leader through the Fostering Community Base Opportunities for Girls project. Toledo Correspondent, Paul Mahung tells us more
35 female youths from seven rural Toldo communities completed capacity building and leadership training held in Punta Gorda. A ceremony held at the weekend marked the completion of training organized by Program Coordinator of Toledo Maya Women Council Amira Teul.
Amira Teul, Program Coordinator, Toledo Maya Women Council: “The training focused on advocacy, conflict management, literacy and communication skills and leadership. The sessions were facilitated by locals in Toledo and we were honored to have Ms.Michelle Irving as our guest speaker for today’s celebration. This project was sponsored by FCAM (Fundo Central Americano Para Mujeres), Canada Fund for local initiatives and Population Council.
Participant Zenaida Cowo was among others who spoke at the event.”
Zenaida Cowo, Participant: “Women empowerment is essential because now we know from one of the presentations that women have a huge percentage of illiteracy. So the literacy sessions fosters to provide decision making power and equal opportunity and that women can make it to the top rung of the corporate ladder. PMWC’s workshop is a great role model of what our beautiful ladies can be, the shy one became outspoken, built up teamwork and with a lot of presentations we boosted up our public speaking skills. The workshop on a whole is a huge asset to the resume as some of us are seeking employment. At this time we want to say a big thank you to our fascilitators Mr.Bartolo Teul, Ms.Marcie Teul, Ms.Carla Garcia and Ms.Karen Recinos for making the sessions interesting and fun.”
The ceremony also included cultural and stage presentations by several participants and presentations of certificates to each of the participants by representatives of sponsors of the program. The participants were from Toledo rural communities of Big Falls, Silver Creek, San Marcos, Pueblo Viejo, Indian Creek, San Felipe and Santa Teresa. Training sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays during the four week program were held at Claver College Extension building in Punta Gorda.