Veganindo Anti Kemiskinan (Veganindo Anti Poverty)

 

 

 

 

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Feminization of poverty is one of the crucial problems at the global level which has long been a source of considerable suffering for women in developing countries like Indonesia.

But tragically, the feminization of poverty is often undetected by development policymakers in this country because women who become its only victims, especially those with low education or even illiteracy, struggle to survive by cultivating marginal income efforts that are also undetectable, such as scavengers, beggars, casual laborers, and other menial and minor jobs that are not listed in development statistics.

As a result, development policymakers neglect to accommodate the feminization of poverty issues in development planning so this problem becomes increasingly severe, complex, chronic, and abstract.

A series of research conducted by Veganindo Anti-Poverty activists since 2016 found at least three main factors behind the widespread feminization of poverty in Indonesia, namely:

• Compared to men, women’s bargaining position at the domestic level is still very weak. At the same time, the social responsibility imposed on them by the cultural system is far heavier than the burden borne by men. Women as housewives, for example, have never been involved in decision making at the domestic level. All public and domestic decisions are dominated by men. On the contrary, most tasks and responsibilities at the domestic level are in the hands of women. The power of a husband is far greater than the power of a wife. It is easier for a husband to divorce his wife than vice versa. And if there is a divorce, most of the domestic responsibilities – primarily raising children – must be carried by women. A widower is much easier to make a living than a widow because widows are very limited by many cultural norms that do not apply to widowers. As a result, widows are far more vulnerable to poverty than widowers. All of this triggers increasingly severe gender inequality and gender injustice which further corners the position of women.

• Meanwhile, the prices of foodstuffs in all corners of the country continue to soar from year to year and are increasingly far beyond the purchasing power of the poor, especially by needy women as breadwinners in their families. As a result, these women are forced to meet the food needs of their family members by buying food ingredients as cheap as possible even though the quality is very low and unfit for consumption. This triggers a high rate of morbidity among these poor women and all members of their families without their ability to cope.

• Feminization of poverty also makes the needy women unable to buy animal meat whose prices are skyrocketing. In order to meet the needs of side dishes in their families, they are forced to eat very low-priced animal waste products such as intestines, skins, blood clots, tongues, and so on. This triggers a high prevalence of various deadly diseases among the needy women’s households, especially coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, gout, etc.

The three problems described above severely hamper women who are trapped in the feminization of poverty along with all their family members to be free from the shackles of poverty.

Based on a careful study, the founders of Veganindo Anti Poverty believe that veganism is one of the most effective, efficient and environmentally friendly solutions in order to free these helpless women from the snares of feminization of poverty. Most importantly because by being vegan, everyone’s eating costs are very low.

In addition, the veganism diet is proven to be able to improve the health status and life expectancy of its adherents.

The carbon footprint is also very minimal. Veganism is truly environmentally friendly.

Therefore, since its inception in 2016 until now Veganindo Anti Poverty has been actively researching and developing veganism models that can help women who are trapped in the feminization of poverty to get rid of poverty and its morbidity consequences.

One of these models is what we call an independent vegan lifestyle. In this context, we motivate and facilitate needy women to become independent vegans who managed organic farms by growing their own food crops and herbal crops they need everyday. Thanks to this, they are eventually freed from poverty that used to trap them for a long time.

Indeed, the needy women who live in rural areas, urban slums, and especially in coastal areas should be impossible to farm because they do not have land even if only an inch.

Fortunately, the founders of Veganindo Anti Poverty have long been forging strategic partnerships with another NGO called Komunitas Penadbiran Sampah (Waste Governance Community) or KPS. Coincidentally, the founders and managers of KPS are adherents of environmental veganism as well.

Based on the knowledge and experience from KPS, Veganindo Anti Poverty managed to develop a model of landless organic farming for landless poor people, namely by planting various food crops and herbal crops organically in pots upcycled from waste plastic bottles and bags. Thanks to this program, we have very efficiently and effectively succeeded in freeing a number of women from the shackles of poverty and morbidity while helping to protect natural ecosystems, mainly rivers and oceans, from the siege of plastic waste.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veganindo Anti Kemiskinan
(Veganindo Anti Poverty)
Secretariat:

Jl. Pabuaran Kaum V No. 2 Cibanteng, Kecamatan Ciampea,
Kabupaten Bogor, Provinsi Jawa Barat, Indonesia •Zip code: 16620
Mobile: +6285697001818  •Email: board@veganindo.org  •Website: www.veganindo.org
 

 

Last updated: May 2, 2020