Women’s Empowerment through Indigenous Social Enterprises in Latin America

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Abstract

This chapter explores innovative enabler mechanisms for women’s empowerment in social enterprises and how they promote gender equality and community well-being. For this purpose, three social enterprises located in Indigenous rural communities in Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala are analyzed following an inductive approach and qualitative methods. With the use of in-depth interviews, observation and analysis of secondary data, the three cases show different levels of women’s empowerment and gender equality, probably as a result of the particular mechanisms each has designed to achieve this purpose. The male-dominated culture in each community has partially prevented women’s participation in productive entities and decision-making. However, empowerment mechanisms such as access to decent job opportunities, gender equality policies, training and promotion, and governance based on local values have had a dignifying effect on Indigenous women, establishing a sense of self-worth and self-respect in them. This has also reduced structural discrimination against Indigenous women in terms of education, decision-making, and access to employment. The three cases also represent examples of how various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as no poverty (SDG#1), well-being (SDG#3), gender equality (SDG#5), decent work (SDG#8), reduced inequalities (SDG#10), and sustainable communities (SDG#11), are interrelated and interconnected.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStruggles and Successes in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development
EditorsTay Keong , Milenko Gudić, Patricia M. Flynn
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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sustainable development
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community development
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Vázquez Maguirre, M. (Accepted/In press). Women’s Empowerment through Indigenous Social Enterprises in Latin America. In T. Keong , M. Gudić, & P. M. Flynn (Eds.), Struggles and Successes in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
Vázquez Maguirre, Mario. / Women’s Empowerment through Indigenous Social Enterprises in Latin America. Struggles and Successes in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development. editor / Tay Keong ; Milenko Gudić ; Patricia M. Flynn. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2020.
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