The co-ed nature of ths game was pretty special too, as that is really rare here. It's almost always boys or men playing, and girls watching or texting on their cell phones on the side. Gender considerations are big here. All of my current/future projects have gender as a transversal theme and last week I had the opportunity to observe and assist with half-day gender and empowerment workshop in a nearby pueblo (small town/village). My employers have some baseline data for these areas on attitudes and knowledge about health, sanitation, nutrition and food security. One finding is that 65% of the women have to ask for permission from their husbands if they want to see a doctor. Most of them have to ask permission to visit a female friend. Most of them always eat last, and save the protein for their husbands and children (in that order), even if they are doing agricultural labour, are pregnant and are breastfeeding...all at once. Consequently, gender equity is recognized as an important part of the Honduran development landscape.
I have translated one of the exercises from the gender workshop below. We answered 20 true and false questions.*. I invite you to take the test! Not surprisingly, this Canadian girl with university courses in the anthropology of gender under her feminist belt scored way high on the gender equity side of things. I admit, I did answer that women are better at taking care of small babies, but I thought that milk filled breasts really give us the upper hand at this one. My high equity score gave the facilitator a chance to contrast my upbringing, and my societal learnings, with those of rural Honduras. "You are born with a penis or a vulva, but your gender is a learned thing, and a role you take on." (direct translation...don't get on my case about M/F not being the only sexes...I know, I know, but rural Honduras just ain't ready for that yet!).
Here you go, True or False?
*Not everyone could read, so the other facilitator worked with people individually to get this thing filled out. It was weird for me to be more proficient in this aspect of Spanish than all these native speakers. My privileged life of ease and education was again highlighted for me.