Today, we are going to hear a conversation between two women about voting. The women are travelling home from the market by bus. Juanita is a grandmother and a farmer who teaches women in her community about the importance of voting. Maria is also a farmer, and a mother of four children. She has never voted in an election before, but she’s eager to learn more about it. Let’s listen now to their conversation.
Contributed by: Elinor Bray-Collins, Researcher/Writer, Toronto, Canada.
Reviewed by: Nancy Drost, Gender Specialist, CARE Canada, Ottawa, Canada.
This script is based on an interview with Evelyn Jones, Project Officer, CRIPDES, and community workshops given by and for women in rural El Salvador on the importance of voting. The workshops are part of the work done by CRIPDES, an NGO providing support to women in displaced, re-populated and repatriated communities.
The role of Juanita is based on CRIPDES workers’ experience that the most active community leaders and organizers are often older women who no longer have young children to care for.