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Oxfam Helps Woman Start Jalawla, Iraq’s First “Women’s Only” Plant Nursery

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A recent article by Oxfam recounts the inspiring story of Zainab, the first woman in Jalawla, Iraq to sell plants at the town market.

In December 2015, Zainab opened her own plant nursery on the side of her house in Jalawla, Iraq. It was destroyed by ISIS one week later. When she returned to Iraq in 2017, her desire to have her own plant business was still within her. She then ” enrolled in an income-generation project run by Oxfam and funded by the United Nations Development Programme, which distributed $575 grants to 235 people—more than half were women—to relaunch their businesses.” Oxfam’s help has ensured the reestablishment of Zainab’s plant nursery, and it now exists as an agriculture sanctuary for “women only.” On the impact Zainab’s innovative business has had on her community and her personal well-being she says:

“I’m the first and the only woman to open a nursery in [my town]. After the women in Jalawla saw me opening my business, they were encouraged to open their own businesses…When Oxfam told me they would help me reopen my nursery, I became very happy. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Oxfam brought my dream back to me.”

Helping women entrepreneurs, like Zainab, are what organizations like Oxfam and wegg™ exist for. Read more about Zainab’s revolutionary success, and how Oxfam helped make her dreams real, here.

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Empower Women As You Spruce Up Your Home for the Holidays

Empower women as you decorate your home for the holidays or anytime soon!  One Thread Fair Trade works to train women in South India in textile arts to create beautiful cushions (shown above).  Through their initiative, the women (who are mostly victims of poverty and domestic violence) are now able to provide for their families and educate their children.

Each cushion — handcrafted from 100% eco-friendly Indian hand loom silk then detailed with shadow work and embroidery — comes with a hand-signed tag with the name of the woman that tailored the product.

Get yours here and learn more about One Thread Fair Trade here.

Learn more about the One Thread Fair Trade women artisans here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Are Agents of Change

In the global debate about climate change, women have a voice too.

Despite their valuable knowledge and fundamental role in society, women are not sufficiently represented in decision-making procedures on climate change. Hence, their experience and needs are almost completely absent from the political debate. This is a situation which must change.

In order to put the gender dimension on the agenda of environmental policies, women need to be consulted, informed and involved in the climate change debate, at the local, national and international level. The European Union has for a long time been a promoter of gender equality and is a leading actor on the international scene in the context of climate change and environmental policy. But more needs to be done to link both dimensions.

Read more here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

OfaTuikolovatuOfa Tu’ikolovatu (pictured) is turning obstacles into opportunities for better business and the development of her country, Tonga.

Gio Recycling, a waste management business, and its Managing Director ‘Ofa Tu’ikolovatu are a visible part of Tonga’s business landscape. Ms Tu’ikolovatu is well known and respected in business and in the community for her efforts to reduce waste in Tonga. She describes herself as a scrap broker – she buys and sells scrap. Her aim is to clean up Tonga; providing employment, she says, is really a bonus.

But trading in Tonga is not always easy.

Learn more about Ofa and her story — how she overcame enormous challenges that led to a substantial contribution to Tonga’s environment — here.

Photo courtesy of Tamara Haig

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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