In the context of promoting the local identity by implementing the project “SOCĂCIŢELE – Community Caterers”, Progress Foundation proposes the wide audience to reflect on the role of the women in Bistrita villages have been playing in their rural communities, as well as the life context that defines their opportunities to contribute to the sustainable development.

According to the statistical data available at national level, women accounted for 51.3% of the total population of the country, and 56.1% of the total female population is in the rural environment, involved in the subsistence agriculture, as nonpaid family workers. Thus, many women in the Romania’s villages keep the household, ensure the family’s balance and, together with their families, contribute to the community’s welfare. Nevertheless, the women in rural environment have fewer opportunities to achieve and use their full potential, and their role in the community development is not capitalized.

Still, gender equality is a precondition for the sustainable development of rural communities, and among the measures that guarantee this equality we can mention the access to training opportunities, the access to the labor market and the promotion of respect for each individual’s role in the development of our society.

Between October 30th and November 4th, as acknowledgement of the special significance of the activities of the women from Bistrita’s villages, either as community caterers or ordinary housewives, we organized a set of storytelling workshops in Rodna, Feldru, Rebrişoara and Bistriţa, where we recorded 32 life stories, lessons transmitted from mothers to their daughters, together with reflections on the role of women in the village.

We presented some of these stories to the wide audience from Bistrita in video format, by a projection event at the Rasunetul editorial office, on November 27th, under the title “Socăcița, the community caterer – an important presence in the funeral feast, an actor of the daily sustainable development“.

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The full collection of stories is available online, on the Foundation’s Vimeo account: