1 October 2021

Learning about the Role of Indigenous Women in Promoting Food Security and Protecting Forests in Costa Rica

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About this episode

  Language: Spanish   Duration: 18mins 35secs
 Partners: Asociación de Mujeres Indígenas del Territorio Cabécar Kábata Könana

We spoke with Heylin Reyes, coordinator of women empowerment projects at the Association of Indigenous Women of the Cabécar Kábata Könana Territory in Costa Rica. Her association brings together Indigenous women to promote the use of traditional knowledge and practices for food security and medicinal purposes, enhance women leadership and indigenous rights, and protect the surrounding forest. Her association also trains women in rotational and regenerative agroforestry, and promotes the use of local native seed varieties and traditional medicinal plants, improving the community's resilience against global warming. The association won the Equator Prize in 2021.

About our guest

Heylin Reyes is the coordinator of women empowerment projects at the Association of Indigenous Women of the Cabécar Kábata Könana Territory in Costa Rica. She facilitates programs to promote empowerment and change in self-image and self-confidence through the self-determined empowerment of women in Indigenous communities.

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