“For me, the connection between the particular and the universal is fundamental. Women’s individual voices have been stilled for too long. In all that is stated about global development the amplification of women’s voices is missing. The World Bee Project pioneering programmes for women in adverse locations aim to enable women to achieve financial autonomy by creating independent livelihoods for themselves and finding their individual voices. When this happens, a woman – for the first time – is truly recognised for all she is and all she can be. Potentially, every woman living in hardship conditions can become a designer of change, design her own life, take her place in her community and help make the world a better place.”
– Sabiha Malik
Celebrating the Right to Life, Food, Shelter and Wellbeing, for Women and Bees in Adversity
Women as Designers of Change
“To celebrate the right to life, food, shelter, and wellbeing, for ‘Women and Bees in Adversity’ and to recognise the role of women as designers of change”, Sabiha created a programme model that could be implemented in a network of areas where socio-economic inequalities constrain the capacity of women living in hardship conditions and silence their individual voices.
The World Bee Project programme model seeks to provide livelihood opportunities to women living in hardship conditions through education in sustainable beekeeping to enable them to create financial wellbeing for themselves and their families through sale of honey and bee products. Alongside beekeeping training, the programme model offers women advanced hive monitoring sensor technology to improve bee health and honey production and improve pollination for increased farm production.
Sabiha Malik met beekeeper and Waldorf educator Yossi Aud in 2018 and she invited him to deliver biodynamic beekeeping training to women in East Jerusalem to test The World Bee Project programme model.
In 2019 The World Bee Project pilot launched under the name of ‘Bees in East Jerusalem’. It was funded by the Sobell Foundation in the UK. The beekeeping training was led by Yossi Aud, and the programme was assisted by urban planner, and architect Tariq Nassar and Matan Israeli, founder of Muslala. It could not have happened without the support of the Municipality of Jerusalem Department of Employment, Ir Amim, an Israeli activist non-profit founded in 2004 that focuses on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Jerusalem, Matti, a non-profit organisation focusing on employment, and the Jerusalem Green Fund, an Israeli non-profit organisation focusing on sustainability and environment in Jerusalem. We gratefully acknowledge their support.
The World Bee Project programme established apiaries for 15 women on the rooftops of their homes and created little rooftop gardens, enabling them to create promising new livelihoods for themselves through the sale of honey and ‘rooftop bee tourism’.
Valued Outcomes of The World Bee Project’s pilot in East Jerusalem
The World Bee Project’s pioneering programme was highly successful. Nothing of the kind had ever been attempted in East Jerusalem.
As a direct response to the enthusiasm the programme generated in Jerusalem, urban planner and architect Tariq Nassar, Yossi Aud and Matan Israeli founded the Sinsila Center in 2020 in the East Jerusalem Central Library which offered space for beekeeping trainings and workshops.
The Jerusalem Municipality (Department of Employment and Social Welfare) offered to help with future participant selection including targeted publicity as well as financial help for participants who wish to scale up their projects post-training.
A vibrant community of women beekeepers now thrives in East Jerusalem. After just one year and despite Covid lockdowns, five of the women are selling honey from the beehives on their rooftops.
We aim to continue to assist the women in East Jerusalem and are building our programme for 2022–2023. The 2022-2023 programme will offer beekeeping training and will also offer advanced hive monitoring technology to women beekeepers to improve bee health and honey productions, and to women farmers to improve pollination and increase farm production.
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Sabiha Malik, Executive President, The World Bee Project CIC and Andy Clark, Director, Business Innovation Oracle UK,
at a conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, where they presented the work of The World Bee Project.
The World Bee Project partners with BeeHero for advanced monitoring sensor technology