Humana begins the second phase of the Life Plan for the economic development of indigenous girls and women from the Pataxó Hã-Hã-Hãe people, in Bahia

*By Júlia Bahia

As part of the journey for struggles and rights, the III March of Indigenous Women took place this month in Brasília, being the largest event in the country held by and for indigenous women to claim their original rights. This year, the biggest demand is for political representation and the end of gender-based violence. The event brought together 6 thousand women from different peoples, territories and biomes. In addition to the event, this month was also marked by the end of the Temporal Framework for the demarcation of indigenous lands, a rejection made by the STF that limited the demarcation of indigenous lands only to regions occupied in 1988, the date of promulgation of the current Federal Constitution. The decision is seen as a great victory for the indigenous movement, excluding the time limit for making indigenous territories official.

In light of so many events and driven by the strength and importance of this month, Humana will begin implementing the second phase of the Life Plan in October and aims to generate economic development for indigenous girls and women belonging to the Pataxó Hã-Hã-Hãe community, in Bahia. The project brings together a range of socio-educational guidelines that aim to help indigenous women have the autonomy to create their own life plan, based on financial, socio-emotional and intellectual autonomy.

Within the scope of the economic development program, the Life Plan will benefit indigenous girls and women in situations of socioeconomic vulnerability, between 16 and 24 years old. The main objective is to break cycles of violence and socioeconomic vulnerability, in addition to influencing the continuity of the program in the territory to impact future generations. The program is implemented by Humana and has investment from Localiza Institute and financial management of Sitawi Finance for Good, institutions that provide financial and philanthropic support to the project.

In the view of Hamangaí Pataxó, advisor to Humana and the Plano de Vida program, the main expected impact is to boost girls and women in her community: ¨My wish is that the project has this role of boosting these voices, these dreams, what dreams Individual dreams are also collective dreams, and that we can build together and strengthen so that the dreams of others can come true. I think the impact is that we really have this movement of empowerment, of autonomy, of strengthening these girls, of acceptance as well, and that we can structure something to provide opportunities for indigenous women's youth¨.

For 12 months, the objective is to carry out educational activities, with workshops and mentoring with professionals from areas linked to the program for facilitation in the community itself. The educational menu was developed by experts and covers topics that aim to support indigenous girls and women in development. The project methodology was defined based on scientific evidence that indicates that the age range marked by the end of adolescence and the beginning of adulthood is the moment in which young women are faced with decisions that will influence their entire life trajectory in the intellectual and socio-emotional spheres. and financial.

We know that the dynamics in an indigenous context are part of the community's own functioning and that it will be respected at all times during the execution of the project. The project will always be guided by the premise of impacting and supporting the economic development of girls and women, but will be carried out and developed through their own autonomy with a view to not imposing non-indigenous standards.

?It is very gratifying to follow the evolution of Humana’s actions in favor of the rights of girls and women. The renewal of this partnership only reinforces for us that we are on the right path to supporting social and environmental initiatives that make a difference. We have high expectations about the new program aimed at Pataxó women and girls Hã-hã-hãe and we hope it will be a success?, declares Joana Eisenstadter, coordinator of Philanthropy Management at Sitawi.

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