At the beginning of 2017, the last revision of the Methodological Manual of Women’s Leadership School was carried out. The Manual aims to provide practice and quality tools for the development of issues about gender and leadership awareness, especially to be addressed with women of small producers and workers organizations of fair trade. The first version was drafted as part of the program “El Salvador towards an inclusive development: women, men and young people from their organizations make economic development by promoting regional sustainable processes”.
This material was taken up as part of the joint strategic gender processes and the implementation of women empowerment and leadership schools processes carried out in 2015, between CLAC, TRIAS and other partners in El Salvador. These are some samples of progress made in CLAC regarding the commitment to promote inclusive and sustainable processes for organizations, as well as the building of alliances with other players involved with social change.
For women, to be involved in educational forums such as the Women’s Leadership School has been fundamental because it has allowed them to have a space, from popular methodology and topics, that has given them the opportunity to learn and share their experiences with other women; rising their levels of self-confidence.
Fidelina Zaldaña, a 43-year-old producer, who completed the Leadership School and graduated alongside 40 colleagues from more than 7 organizations (CLAC included) said that: “It was like the school I never had as a child and that opened up many doors. This school has been very valuable, helping me become a woman and mother because we discuss topics that we as women suffer in silence”.