Lebanon - Rural Lebanese women weave economic opportunity while conserving the local environment
Nahla Sukkari has worked in the making of Fekha carpets for 35 years. “Ever since I started this work, it has provided for my children and me,” she said. “It meant we did not have to rely on anyone. Each piece motivates me to keep improving.”
The wool Nahla uses comes from the Hima community. Hima is an ancient practice used by rural communities in Lebanon to ensure economic cooperation, sustainability and equitable resource management. Rural women have traditionally played key leadership and decision-making roles in the Hima community model.
Today, one conservation-minded organisation – the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) – is reviving the ancient Hima approach to help rural women reassert their traditional leadership roles in community life.
With support from UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, SPNL is supporting rural Lebanese women and local municipalities to become partners and champions of the environment by promoting local ownership of sustainable resource management.
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Photo: UN Women/Joe Saade