From where I stand: “Empowering women to sustain peace”

Climate change is leading to shifts in livelihood patterns that are resulting in men either migrating away from the communities to find alternative employment or changing the migration patterns in such a way that women, instead of travelling with the men, now stay within the community; Amna and dozens of other local women have settled in Al-Rahad, North Kordofan. Women of Al-Rahad were empowered to overcome their usual role in their communities, which was household and childcare, and were involved in the project to run cooperative-farms and house gardens.

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019

Photo: UNDP

Amna picks her best vegetables to the market. Photo: UNDP

“I have benefited so much from my vegetables revenue; you can never imagine the extent of my happiness because I have earned it myself…” said Amna Abu El Hasan, Vegetable Farmer * one of the women who benefited  from the house gardening intervention, “…the revenue of the vegetable production has made me able to buy gas and cook for my family without asking people's support” continued Amna.

“In the past I had no source of income, but now that I have my backyard garden, I cultivate a variety of vegetables. I use some of the product for family consumption, and I sell the rest for 40 SDG a bundle. My monthly income is now 3,600 SDG [75.7 USD]. With this money, I have managed to pay my daughter’s university fees and I have bought new furniture for my house.

SDG 5: Gender equalitySDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
Recognizing the prevailing situation linked to conflict, environmental degradation and related social shifts in Al Rahad, South Kordofan, UN Women UNDP and UN Environment undertook targeted interventions to ensure that women from all groups were supported to exercise their agency in local planning and decision-making processes governing the use of natural resources.