Posts tagged ‘environment’

Egyptian grandmother turns eco-friendly online healthy-food entrepreneur #hwhtw

So many things to like about this story: great news for Egypt’s economy, human health, the environment, and women’s entrepreneurship!

Dried produce seller utilizes solar technology to create a healthy snacking alternative

Megan Detrie
Tue, 21/08/2012 – 11:11
Menar Meebed’s company, Minnie’s Dried Fruits and Vegetables, arose out of little more than an attempt to find healthy snacks for her grandchildren.

“My grandchildren used to eat a lot of junk, and I’m not a junk food person, so I wanted to offer them something nutritious, and dried fruits in Egypt is limited to the typical variety of Ramadan food, so I started to dry apples and bananas at home,” Meebed said.

What began as snack time in Meebed’s kitchen has grown to become a thriving business utilizing solar drying technology and local produce, and empowering women in rural areas of Egypt.

Read the full article: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/dried-produce-seller-utilizes-solar-technology-create-healthy-snacking-alternative

August 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

“A world in balance requires gender equality, says @UN_Women” #genderequality #rioplus20 #hwhtw

A world in balance requires gender equality, says UN Women

Michelle Bachelet outlines policy actions needed at Rio+20 Conference to bring transformational change.

United Nations, New York, 14 June 2012 — Ahead of the UN Conference for Sustainable Development next week in Rio de Janeiro, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet has called upon world leaders for bold action and strong commitments to advance women’s equal rights, opportunity and participation. The Conference, also known as Rio+20, will bring together heads of state and government, and representatives of civil society and the private sector to build a road map for a sustainable future, aiming to reduce poverty and advance equality and environmental protection.

Read the full statement: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/06/a-world-in-balance-requires-gender-equality-says-un-women/

June 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Development: Gender Matters

This article from the journal Gender, Technology and Development provides a striking illustration of the importance of understanding gender relationships when designing development programs.  “Empowerment and Disempowerment of Forest Women in Uttarakhand, India” examines the community impacts of a World Bank-funded forestry project.  “Instead of increasing women’s empowerment, the top-down interventions… are doing the opposite by disrupting and marginalizing their own struggles and achievements, transferring power and authority to the forest department and local elite men,” the author notes.

Read more: http://gtd.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/5/3/341

 

 

 

 

June 1, 2011 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

India: Grandmothers electrify rural communities

“Turning grandmothers into solar engineers is one of Sanjit “Bunker” Roy’s favorite jobs.

Roy is the social entrepreneur and founder of the Barefoot College and has been championing a bottom-up approach to education and empowering rural poor since 1972.”

My favorite quote from Bunker: “[W]hy not invest in women, older women, mature women, gutsy women who have roots in the village and train them?”

Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/innovation/01/24/barefoot.college.india/index.html?iref=obinsite#

March 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm 1 comment

India’s Plan for Gender and Climate Change

Bravo to the Government of India for recognizing that climate change may affect men and women in different ways – and making gender sensitivity a central element of its energy strategy.

From the National Action Plan on Climate Change:

“The impacts of climate change could prove particularly severe for women.  With climate change, there would be an increasing scarcity of water, reduction of yields in forest biomass, and increased risks to human health for children, women and the elderly in a household becoming the most vulnerable.  With the possibility of decline in the availability of foodgrains, the threat of malnutrition may also increase.  All these would add to deprivations that many women already encounter and so in each of the Adaptation programmes, special attention should be paid to the aspect of gender.”
 
Read more: www.pmindia.nic.in/Pg01-52.pdf

January 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm 1 comment


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