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Guinea Bissau: revolution in the village

Friday, 7 February 2014

Article published by Luis de Vega on ABC.

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Sissacunda Women in Guinea Bissau, break with patriarchy. For the first time, enjoy gardens on property, modern kitchens and even a school.

Djenabu Djamanca will mess with your age.

No water or electricity, just schools and medical centers and public transport almost-ni-private course is assumed in the XXI century as part of the dictatorship of the destination. So a simple progress, that elsewhere awaken a smile sold as such here in Sissacunda are taken as a true revolution.

For the first time, thanks to a project of the NGO Alliance for Solidarity with funds Spanish Agency for International Cooperation Development (AECID)Women are the protagonists of the changes in the village. This is not trivial because it literally is breaking with ancestral mentality of patriarchy.

"We are forced to work with the entire family," the coordinator recognizes in the Alliance for Solidarity, Amalia Hernando, with over a decade of experience in different regions of Africa.

Owners with papers

Varias decenas de ellas, algunas con los bebés anudados a la espalda con telas de incontables colores, se hallan en la parcela de la que son propietarias. Nunca antes en Guinea Bissau las mujeres habían tenido títulos que las acrediten como tales. Por eso enseñan orgullosas el lugar, que dispone incluso de una placa solar para que el sistema de riego funcione. Los primeros brotes verdes empiezan a asomar, lo que les va a permitir cultivar productos para autoconsumo o para llevar al mercado durante la temporada seca. Una sola hectárea da trabajo a ochenta mujeres.

Among them is Djenabu Djamanca, the woman of uncertain age but determined voice and spirit of iron.

Ella fue también una de las elegidas, además, para colaborar en el desarrollo de unas nuevas cocinas. Experimentaron con distintos modelos salidos de artesanos locales cocinando sus propias recetas hasta que dieron con el mejor. Ahora ya no ponen la cazuela sobre tres piedras sino que va sobre un bidón metálico hace de base. Tan sencillo, tan complicado. Se gana tiempo, se ahorra leña, es menos peligroso –sobre todo para los niños- y se reduce la emisión de humos que tanto les dañaba los ojos. Alta tecnología del poblado podríamos decir. «Ahora tenemos más tiempo para nuestra vida cotidiana y para estar con nuestro marido y los hijos», dice.

Djenabu speaks with ABC sitting on one of the benches rudimentary logs that are in front of a blackboard in the shade of a tree surrounded by a fence and cane. It is the school where dozens of neighbors Sissacunda, almost all women, learn what children could not learn to read and write. "Until now signed with the finger. I am very proud. " And there seems to write his name is a threat to men.


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Sissacunda Women in Guinea Bissau, break with patriarchy. For the first time, enjoy gardens on property, modern kitchens and even a school.


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