SDGs on the Agenda: Building Adventure and SDG5 Gender Equality

Do Third Sector organizations have the capacity to collaborate positively with the UN 2030 Agenda? Those who follow our blog already know that the answer is YES! All social work is directly connected to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Because of this, thewas created Global Compact- of which the Building Adventure (ADC) is part.

This series of “ODS em Pauta” articles emerged in an attempt to explain how ADC is involved with some of the 2030 Agenda goals. We have already explained a little about what the SDGs are here on the Blog. In March 2020, we opened this series with the SDG1 Poverty Eradication. And, last month, we talked about our involvement with the SDG4 Quality Education.

Now let’s talk a little bit about how our mission of inclusive territorial development through supporting low-income microentrepreneurship strengthens aspects of SDG5 Gender Equality.

Achieving gender equality means ending all forms of discrimination, violence and harmful practices (such as premature, forced marriages and genital mutilation, trafficking and sexual exploitation) against all women and girls across the planet, both in public and private. In addition, it is also about recognizing and valuing unpaid domestic work, ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health, guaranteeing equal rights and opportunities, promoting the empowerment of women in all fields.

In this sense, ADC has been working on projects capable of responding specifically to equal rights and opportunities through women’s empowerment. A practical example of this is the project Mothers Splendor, carried out in 2019. In this project we developed activities that promoted the self-worth of women with the aim of also stimulating a newprocesslearning, prioritizing dynamics and exercises associated with integral and financial human development.

For the collective construction of knowledge, time and continuity are necessary. And, precisely because we did this follow-up work, we were able to verify that the 20 women participating in the project achieved the following results:

  • Increased self-esteem and personal protagonism
  • Increased potential in creating strategies
  • Increased capacity to save
  • Expanding the business vision
  • Future based perspectives in concrete facts
  • Awareness about the financial and accounting organization

ADC reached these results after carrying out a careful Impact Assessment, which we apply in all our activities. In addition to the quantitative indicators that we use to measure the impact of the project, we also apply qualitative research to understand how these women’s lives have been transformed. It is worth sharing the story of Roseli Cardoso, a 61-year-old woman who lives with her three children and her 3-year-old grandson.

Dona Roseli raised her children alone and helps to raise her grandson daily. He told us that he sought the skills of Aventura de Construir to understand in a practical way about savings. And he found many things beyond what he imagined. There he learned theimportance of recording his sources of income and expenses. Before, I thought that this action was a waste of time. Today he realized that it is from the visualization of his incomes and expenses that it is possible to plan to save. She recognizes that she does not have a healthy relationship with her children. He misses dialogue and affection, which affects his self-esteem. Even so, it is she who supports most of the house, whether with income from her work as a craftswoman, or even beaks. His priority is to guarantee a quality life for his grandson.

In the experience with the Adventure of Building, Roseli met other people, broke a little with the hardest daily life and managed to learn new things to facilitate her routine. She managed to talk to people and felt more secure about it. One of her goals is to buy land on the coast, for that she understands that it is necessary to do more than simply wish: it is necessary to plan, measure your objectives and direct your action. Taking care of the house, raising the children alone and now dedicating time to the grandson, are not easy tasks. But Roseli taught us a lot with her positive and active attitude.  Age is nobar,however, uses its previous experience to add to the new knowledge and empower.

The reality of Brazilian women, like Roseli’s, is changing: more and more families are headed by them. According to the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), more than 80% of children have a woman as their primary caregiver and 5.5 million do not have their father’s name on the birth register. Solo mothers raise their children, work inside and outside the home and still face prejudice by much of society. They experience constant challenges, but remain firm and strong, that’s why the ADC is with these women and supports the SDG5.

See more here all the goals related to gender equality! If you want to know which indicators organizations can use to measure the impacts of their respective activities that connect to SDG5, please refer to the Research and Applied Economics Institute (IPEA).

Now that you already know how the SDG5 of the United Nations Agenda 2030 (UN) can be worked on by Third Sector organizations, go to work to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls around the planet, starting from those more nearby, as surely everyone knows some!

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