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A Garden that will grow the identity of women through nurturing engagement and empowerment.

An Urban Garden Co-op that allows women to meaningfully engage in food production, promoting health engagement and empowerment.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

The Problem - The inequality of women and girls is a global issue across all communities, in Urban slum villages this inequality is magnified, as are the issues of access to healthy and nutritional food, access to education and employment opportunities. Solution - creation of a community co-op vegetable garden that is run by women. Which allows women to participate in village life, engaging in their community and empowering them through the acquisition of new skills - business, environmental and social skills and improved health and wellbeing through access to more nutritional food. Increased equality for women across the village and acting as inspiration to younger women and girls in their ambitions. This concept has been successfully implemented in Burkina Faso in Africa by a group called http://www.groundswellinternational.org/ who assist rural communities in the production of sustainable food supply chain. I think we can leverage from this concept and bring the idea to urban areas, where the supply of fresh and clean food sources and nutrition is a major concern.

WHO BENEFITS?

Primary beneficiaries are the women and girls of the urban slum villages who will be engaged and empowered through the co-op garden scheme. And with women being better educated on food and nutrition the lives of all village residents will be enhanced.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Climate change is increasing the base cost of living and is creating issues of access to safe and nutritional food sources. through villages being able to be self-sustaining through the creation of co-op garden schemes, they will be more resilient to the impact of climate change on food supply.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Not yet

EXPERTISE

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

Engagement and empowerment of women and girls is a global issue and has been included in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. We both men and women alike, from developing and developed countries have a role to play in promoting and improving gender equality. Let's create a garden to inspire!

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Hi Emma,

Your proposal points to the vulnerable group of women in slum dwelling communities and how the existence of various cooperative arrangements can structure an additional sustainable income stream through productive agriculture.

Our own contribution to this challenge focuses on the informal cardboard recycling sector, but also slum dweller communities and here women also represent the most marginalized sector. By implementing a similar idea, we are also aiming to reduce inequality of women but also of the whole community.

For further information of our idea :
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/urban-resilience/ideas/r4r-recycling-for-resilience-by-waste-pickers/