Women lead social innovation to lift up communities

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, we highlight examples of innovative actions that demonstrate the impact of women on improving the social and economic well-being of entire communities.

These actions are part of the Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas (SIMRA) project, in which the European Forest Institute Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED) is a partner. SIMRA seeks to advance understanding of social innovation and innovative governance in agriculture, forestry and rural development in marginalised rural areas.

Read the original post on the SIMRA blog from last year’s International Women’s Day to explore a small selection of examples from the SIMRA database in which women are protagonists of the social innovations developed in marginalised rural areas across Europe and the Mediterranean.

These cases and other successful initiatives from the SIMRA project will take centre-stage during the Sixth Mediterranean Forest Week in Lebanon, at the side event on Social Innovation. In the face of rapid global changes – from climate change, to immigration, to population shifts – the SIMRA project’s focus on locally based social innovations in rural areas is increasingly important.