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Vagisha Kaushik|Feb 9, 2023
NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19: Consul General of Israel to South India (Bengaluru), Dana Kursh inaugurated a new collaborative, research project ‘Women in Sustaining the Environment’ (WISE) at the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. The project, which will be funded by the Consulate of Israel to South India (Bengaluru), will be spearheaded by the Tel Aviv University and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
It aims at promoting women’s empowerment and sustainable water governance by supporting women’s participation in the choice, maintenance and management of natural resources along with other sustainable development practices.
The WISE Project is the latest innovation in the goal of women’s empowerment of the Centre for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality (CWEGE) at Amrita. Addressing the Amrita community at the inaugural event, Dana Kursh said “It is such an honour to be speaking at the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and addressing so many wise women who are acquiring and sharing knowledge constantly endeavouring to make this world a better place. It is a real privilege to brainstorm together and to be a part of this wonderful forum where intellectuals have gathered to add to the profundity of this world specifically with regards to women’s empowerment.”
The WISE Project seeks to provide avenues for recovery and sustainable development to communities affected by such disasters as the kind of flooding that afflicted Kerala last year. Taking guidance from the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the project introduces an innovative way to promote community resilience and natural resource management through women’s empowerment and skill training. Women leaders will be trained and certified as Sustainable Development Officers (SDOs), lead their communities in identifying key vulnerabilities, and develop an action plan to solve them.
This is the second Indo-Israel research project between Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and Tel Aviv University. In January this year, both teams had launched a water purification project using Israeli technology under Amrita’s ongoing Jivamritam: Clean Drinking Water Project.
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