Through the mangrove restoration project in Amuay, led by AEPA FALCÓN, the Small Grants Program of the Global Environment Facility Venezuela, has sought to recognize the role of fisherwomen/.
For the first time in Venezuela, seven fisher-women from Paraguaná have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Association (AEPA Falcon), a non governmental environmental organization that is governed by the United Nations.
The event, called ”Meeting of Fisher Women”, is aimed at enhancing the role of women in fishing, thus breaking with the norms that artisanal fishing in Venezuela. The award recognizes that their production and efforts are no longer solely relegated to men and shows that females are now being seen within this ancestral practice and play a crucial role in society.
The meeting was attended by regional authorities, including the Legislative Council member Falcón (CLEF) Daicis López, Falcón Ombudsman Edisoi Sandoval, Los Taques councilor Ronny Falcón, the chronicler of Los Taques Jesus Muñoz Freites, representatives of the Regional Comptroller, Ministry of Fisheries, Unamujer and delegates of CONPPA Tío Pedro from the community of El Supí.
During the event, the first fisherwoman of Amuay given special recognition was Carmen Benita Sánchez, who on March 8 turns 100 years old, and has established an example of the struggle and work fisherwomen have earned. Also honored were Juana Valbuena (86), Juana Sánchez (86), María Ramona Sánchez (78) and Deisy Frontado (49) who each received well-deserved awards as well.
Engineer Henderson Colina, a general coordinator of AEPA Falcón, said that this recognition aligns with the goals of the group, and its differentiating factor in other communities was the leading role of women in atisinal fishing and the community reflects this participation.
"We are sure that this is only the first meeting to empower the women's experiences with other communities from other latitudes. We are planning a 2018 exchange with institutions in Brazil, where women play an important and even more active role than in Venezuela. In fact, the change in cultural attitudes towards female fishers is in our country, because in other nations women are more organized and accepted for their roles. For example, in Brazil there is the council of artisanal fishers within the Mangrove Network, led by women," Henderson Colina said.
He stressed that this activity is part of n ambitious project. "The Mangrove ecosystem source of food sovereignty for the community of Amuay, (chosen by the Small Grants Program of the United Nations system in 2015) its first phase was based on the restoration of the mangrove, and recovery of the water system for its regeneration. This recognition, in the framework of achieving sustainable livelihoods is in line with the United Nations Global Agenda for 2015-2030, which includes 17 sustainable development goals."