United Methodist Committee on Relief

Be Bold for Change: Celebrating Women Globally

*Lorrie King

On behalf of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, we wish our sisters around the world a Happy International Women’s Day!  

Palestine Women Welcom visitors.jpgPalestinian women welcome visitors at a neighborhood rooftop garden, seated on repurposed tire and pallet furniture. Photo by RWDS

Every day, we are inspired by stories of bold, resilient women from our Global Health projects across the world. These programs are reaching women and their families in vulnerable communities, allowing them to break the cycle of poverty for generations to come. Armed with hope, these women’s lives are transformed through grassroots partnerships, providing the skills and resources they need to increase household nutrition, healthcare access, and income security.   

In spite of their diminished access to resources and opportunities, rural women of Palestine play central roles in carrying out both household and agricultural activities. The Global Ministries Global Health Unit’s Food Security and Livelihoods program partners with local organizations to provide agricultural small business, nutritional training, roof top garden cultivation, and social support and micro-lending group formation. Further, since Palestine functions in a “captive economy”, reclaiming and reusing materials provides unique opportunities for showcasing upcycled and improved farming methods, where traditional building and farming materials are in short supply. For example, repurposed tires can be used for raised vegetable and flower beds, as well as fashioned into chairs, with wooden pallets transformed into trendy seating and dining furniture.

Through these initiatives, women are empowered at the household level to be bold for change at the community level, changing one generation at a time.

Palestine Women Rooftop Garden.jpgRooftop garden. Photo by RWDS

*Lorrie King, WASH and Food Security Programs Manager