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World Rrural Womens Day Oct 15

World Rural Women’s Day Award

World Rural Women’s Day October 15, 2002

The Artcamp rural womens artisans cooperative in Mexico
has been Awarded the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life
from the Women’s World Summit Foundation in Geneva Switzerland

The Women’s World Summit Foundation
( WWSF) has announced the 2002 winners
of the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life.

The rural womens artisans cooperative, ArtCamp, of Tecalpulco, Taxco, Mexico, 

nominated by Global Marketplace (a Rocklin, California, nonprofit marketer of handmade crafts
from developing nations) is one of the groups chosen to receive the prestigious award.

ArtCamp was honored for its creative use of modern digital technology
and for its social projects with Tecalpulco’s fresh water commission
and on behalf of the Taxco public hospital.

On the Artcamp website the cooperative presents
a bi-lingual study of the Aztec Calendar for use by shoolchildren;

Artcamp has also written a romantic e-novel with graphics
taken from the faces and scenes of Tecalpulco and Taxco.
It is about a young village girl whose heart is stolen by a macho bull-rider.

The cooperative was founded by village women in response to the crisis
caused by the fact that their men have mostly all migrated to he United States as illegal wetback labor.

According to the Comisario of Tecalpulco, 156 adults are in the United States this summer. 

Many men make new families in the years that they are gone.

Handcrafts production is traditional livelihood in Tecalpulco.

The women have fallen back upon jewelry-making to sustain themselves and nourish their families.

WWSF, a humanitarian, non-governmental and international, non-confessional and

non-profit organization with United Nations consultative status (ECOSOC, UNFPA

and DPI), works for a new development paradigm with and for women and children.

Rural women all over the world play a major role in ensuring food security 

and maintaining stability in rural areas. Yet, they frequently lack the power
to secure land rights or to access services
such as credit, inputs, extension, training and education.
That Third World women be empowered is the WWSF mission.

Six of the 32 winners will be invited to Geneva for an Award ceremony
on World Rural Women’s Day – 15 October.

This year the prize celebration will be held at

the Swiss National Exposition Expo.02 (ExpoAgricole) at Morat (Murten).

ArtCamp will be awarded the prize on World Rural Women’s Day,

October 15, 2002.

Artcamp’s website is
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