“Urbagri4Women” was a European project held by 7 partners countries (Austria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom) with the aim of promoting integration of migrant women, including asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection, in their host societies.
Location of the action
Area of action
The project lasted 24 months and took place from December 15th, 2016 to December 15th, 2018.
Developing of two Urban Agriculture Labs, in “non places”.
Creating of a Green Paper and a Manifesto on the integration of migrant women.
Europe and the Mediterranean countries face a crucial transformation period due to intensified migration flows from countries affected by armed conflicts or poor living conditions. Women’s integration rates are often lower than for migrant men, as they face discrimination and additional challenges in accessing education and the labor market. It was also considered that with increasing urbanization, urban agriculture brings economic, environmental and social benefits to cities, representing an opportunity to reclaim marginal and neglected areas.
WHAT HAVE WE DONE?
- Urban Agriculture Laboratory (LAU/UAL) in Terraços da Ponte (Sacavém), with the collaboration of the Municipality of Loures, which provided the space, Start.Social, a cooperative that facilitated the contact with the local population, and the “Horas Ecológicas” (Ecological Gardens) project;
- Laboratório de Agricultura Urbana no Centro de Acolhimento de Refugiados (Urban Agriculture Laboratory at the Refugee Reception Center)(Bobadela), the result of a partnership with the entity itself, where the garden of the Center itself was rehabilitated, creating a vegetable garden. This LAU ( UAL) was also supported by the “Hortas Ecológicas” (Ecological Gardens) project;
- Focus groups with stakeholders;
- Networking Seminar on “Inclusão social de Mulheres Migrantes – iniciativas e recomendações” (Social Inclusion of Migrant Women – initiatives and recommendations);
- Contest “Comida que conta histórias” (“Food that tells stories”);
- Green Paper;
- Manifesto “Iniciativas para a Integração de Mulheres Migrantes através de Cidades Sustentáveis nos Municípios” (Initiatives for the Integration of Migrant Women through Sustainable Cities in Municipalities);
- Internacional Conference “Agricultura urbana e Desenvolvimento: contributos de e para mulheres migrantes e refugiadas” (Urban Agriculture and Development: contributions by and for migrant and refugee women).
The project’s final conference was held in Portugal, at the Ceramics Museum of Sacavém, and welcomed more than 100 participants, as well as all the project’s international partners. The results achieved by the initiatives developed at the international level were presented, as well as the Manifesto produced by the Project on integration practices for migrant women:
“Iniciativas para a Integração de Mulheres Migrantes – Laboratórios de Agricultura Urbana (LAU) nos Municípios” (“Initiatives for the Integration of Migrant Women – Urban Agriculture Laboratories (LAU) in Municipalities”.
Throughout the years AIDGLOBAL has established partnerships with several organizations who connect with our mission. AIDGLOBAL thanks all public and private entities for the support shown in our work, in the certainty that we will continue our path towards creating change for a more just and equitable world through education.