Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
I would like to reach out to different categories of women including those who got into early marriages, single mothers and the elderly women so as to educate and capacitate them on their sexual and reproductive rights in the male dominated marriages. I intend to achieve this by engaging with trained personnel and forming partnership with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), Faith Based Organisations and relevant government departments dealing with womens sexual and reproductive rights to assist on the provision of expertise to capacitate such women on their sexual and reproductive rights. Sharing of information about sexual and reproductive health will benefit women who are in destructive relationships .Another objective is to economically empower women through projects that allow them to have an income and the womens economic independence will allow their partners to appreciate the womens sexual and reproductive decisions with positively. Issues such as economic status, education, employment, living conditions affect womens ability to freely express their sexuality and manage their reproductive rights hence, the programme will financially equip the women through furnishing them with entrepreneurial skills. There will be need for the engagement of health personnel in capacitating women on contraception, safe sexual practices, importance of HIV testing for sexually active people, STI and HIV prevention and treatment. Experts in different fields like ICT, fish farming, knitting, crocheting and quilting, sewing, landscaping, hair plaiting and wig making, chicken rearing, growing produce to sell, cake baking and interior decorating and other relevant skills will be engaged in capacitating the women with the necessary skills so that they get empowered financially and the financial empowerment gives them confidence to speak out not only to their partners but family and community members as well.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The programme is meant to benefit different groups of women including single mothers, elderly women and those women who got into early marriage who might probably not be educated and in abusive relationships. Reaching out to and equipping these different kinds of women with knowledge on their sexual and reproductive health as well as giving them necessary entrepreneurship skills may assist to stop any form of abuse from continuing or cropping up against them. The initiative in the much needed skills training is aimed at providing sustainable income to the women and bringing poverty-stricken families above the poverty datum line. The acquisition of the skills will eventually lead to self-employment. Instead of relying on hand-outs, l will support investing in providing skills and development training which would go a long way in alleviating the womens problem. The programme will definitely yield positive results in equipping the women with sexual health knowledge and participate in obtaining necessary skills to enable them to create wealth and support themselves. The projects they will be engaged in promises to have a lasting effect on their lives as they will eventually have permanent jobs and gain confidence in their ability to solve their own sexual health challenges at home. The project will also grow the economy. When the programme is professionally established and run, as I anticipate, it will provide an excellent opportunity for companies to utilise the services of the women.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Women will be trained to crochet, knit and quilt blankets and cushion covers wool from old jerseys. The products will be sold in the community through advertising in the local newspaper and Whats-app platform using different Whats-app groups and will also be marketed abroad and the proceeds will enable us to purchase patches for our patchwork. A livelihood out of these entrepreneurship skills. The sewing project can be kicked off by requesting for donations of sewing machines from well-wishers and work on patchwork and alterations and use the money for buying cloth for sewing clothes and different items. Women will be taught ICT skills by a volunteer who is an expert in Information and Technology so that they have basic IT skills and the ability to market their goods online, look for opportunities, like scholarships to advance their skills. Computers will be sourced from donors and data for internet connectivity will be acquired from money generated from the sale of clothes. Land resource is readily available where fish farming can be practised. A fish pond can be dug and cemented then fish is farmed, harvested and sold to the local community. Wig making and hair plaiting requires a persons willingness to learn and be creative under the instruction of a volunteer expert. Community womens hair will be done and eventually the women under the programme will open their own saloons. Market gardening and chicken rearing are done in conjunction with agricultural assistants from the Ministry of Agriculture who will offer their expert ideas on current methods of farming. The proceeds will be sold in the local area. Those engaged in interior decoration and landscaping can make use of their innate skills, the internet and knowledge from volunteers to come up with different designs. The tools will be sourced
I am a 33 year of female who holds a Bsc Honours in Sociology and Gender Development Studies. I studied different gender-related courses during my years of study. My study made me realise how women are mostly disadvantaged and marginalised at various levels. The discovery inspired me to select a dissertation topic related to womens crisis. My dissertation topic was An investigation into factors which contribute towards women's high HIV prevalence rate in Mainway Meadows, Waterfalls, Harare, Zimbabwe. A lack of sexual and reproductive rights was also cited by these women as a cause for their high HIV prevalence rate as they cannot negotiate safe sexual practices or HIV testing for their partners. It has always been my goal after graduating from university to work with women and empower them, not only by educating them on their rights, but financially equipping them as well. My drive to work with women is from within myself. It gratifies me to see a woman live a decent life even if it means non-violation of her rights. It is even appreciated more if women are capacitated financially for they will not be taken advantage of and will be able to control their lives and claim their rights. Financial independence also gives women the credibility to participate in important matters of decision making for themselves and their families.