Beginning in September this year, this new project will engage marginalised women from the Khluna and Bagerhat districts of Bangladesh and empower them to participate in policy and governance and advocate for their economic empowerment.
Women entrepreneurs are one of the main forces driving economic growth in developing countries. Representing half of the world’s resource and talent, women need to be recognised, valued and empowered in their contribution to the global economy.
This new and timely project will reach out to 600 marginalised women in the regions of Bangladesh most vulnerable and exposed to climate change. They will be engaged in education, training and activities to develop their professional skills and equip them for participation in the development of policy, especially relating to their economic empowerment. Another 1200 women in the communities will be able to observe and learn from the programme.
Particular focus has been given to women living in poverty in the rural districts of Bangladesh. A specialised programme is being developed to engage these under-recognised women and support their work in agriculture to increase food security and environmental sustainability. The programme will bring them into a cooperative institution and initiate economic activities to achieve sustainable livelihoods.
Grassroots communities will be connected with the highest level decision makers for the nation, including MPs and ministers, who will have direct involvement with the empowerment process and help to achieve key project outcomes.
Best practice, capacity building resources and a detailed account of the empowerment and participatory governance process will be made available to the wider Anglican Communion as the project progresses. These will particularly engage women and young people, and reach out to the most marginalised in our communities.
This will also be achieved through the Alliance’s Agents of Change programme, which will include an optional extra module on participatory governance next year, bringing the learning and best practice from the project to the education of Anglicans at the grassroots.
As Christians we recognise the value in every individual and work to edify the contribution that every man, woman and child can make to society. This Anglican Alliance project aims to provide the Church with the tools needed to recognise these unique skills and empower the most marginalised to fulfill their God-given potential.
Increased access to skills and training will enable developing countries to utilise their resources and build their communities, and result in economic growth for the least developed places.
Photo from ADORE, Bangladesh