Environment-related challenges are the once we believe have to be solved by ensuring participation of all groups. In line with the global efforts to achieve equal participation in the decision-making process on all levels, we are working on the regional level, aiming at empowerment of the vulnerable groups across South Caucasus. Considering the fifth Sustainable Development Goal – Gender Equality, we are ensuring gender sensitive approach in environmental protection activities. We try to empower rural women by giving them new opportunities to start their own sustainable agricultural activities in rural areas.
Our specific efforts:
Implementation of program “Strengthening and Engagement of rural women in natural resource management in South Caucasus countries”(Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan);
Active involvement of women in natural resource management to create sustainable communities and regional development;
Detection of links between poverty and environmental degradation by ensuring equal participation of all groups in the change-making process;
Implementation of different projects and involvement of the Rural Women Councils (RWC) in defining and solving the acutest environmental problems in South Caucasus;
Opening the Cheese Cooperative for Eco-migrant women in the village Disveli, Bolnisi Municipality (in cooperation with Rural Economic Development Program (RED) and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC));
We created 13 RWC in South Caucasus since 2008 comprising over 200 members who are actively involved in community life and cooperate with the local Self-governments
Goals of RWCs:
– Enhancement of rural women via awareness raising, mobilization and capacity building;
– Promotion of active involvement of local community, especially women and youth, in awareness raising on sustainable management of natural resources
– Identification of community problems and contributions to their resolution
– Establishment of inter-communal relations between various villages in the district, identifying their needs/problems and solutions for further development.