In 2015, the Zaña Valley team introduced a formal program of empowerment for women in the communities previously served by our comedores (community kitchens): Aviación, Mocupe and Zaña. The aim was to support these women in widening their horizons beyond the strict limitations of these traditionally conservative communities. The women explored such topics as society’s views of women, the causes of oppression and traditional gender roles.

In 2016, this work continued. After home visits successfully increased the number of participating women to 36, meetings were held every two weeks in each community. When workshops were provided, the three groups met together. Assertive communication, human rights of women, gender equity, self-esteem and resources available to women were some the topics explored. A major conference held on the subject of violence against women culminated in a impressive march through the streets of Zaña.