Government policy decisions and the Region’s remote location obstruct modern communication, the exchange of information and ideas. As a result, women wrestle with deprivations of knowledge, nutrition and health, property ownership (especially land and housing) and time. For example, the birth rate is 3.3 children per woman and expectant mothers face excessive health risks when giving birth. The Region (like Mexico) has high rates of child mothers.
Indigenous women suggest many solutions to such education and health problems in their Citizen Agenda, including:
• Develop local and regional projects to teach families on educational strategies for the home, rescue community values, eliminate barriers to female progress, for example Machismo.
• Develop workshops on
o education as a driver of personal and community development
o how citizens – parents and teachers – can better collaborate to enhance communal and regional education, including in innovative projects.