Beekeeping is an activity with positive effects for biodiversity and food security; furthermore, it is compatible with the conservation objectives of protected areas. Likewise, previous studies show that the participation of women in beekeeping projects gives them access to paid work and triggers the possibility of their empowerment. The aim of the article is to explore the process of women’s empowerment as one of the social results that derives from the meliponic farmers and beekeepers’ projects implemented in the protected area of the Usumacinta Canyon, Mexico. For this research project, visits were made to the places of honey production in the Usumacinta Canyon, notes were collected from participant observation and unstructured interviews were taken at the site. The findings indicate that the participation of women in these projects has given them access to material resources, such as earning income from their work, and they exhibited other dimensions of the empowerment process, in particular agency—the ability to define and achieve their goals.
Vera-Martínez, Paola Selene and Ceballos-Falcón, Erika Guadalupe
"Women’s Empowerment and the Honey Production Projects in the Protected Areas of Usumacinta Canyon, Mexico,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 26:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol26/iss1/10