UWI’s Institute for Gender and Development Studies launches Rickshaw Recycling Project in August Town

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Dr Karen Carpenter, head of the UWI Mona’s Institute for Gender and Development Studies (first left) poses with partners at the launch of the Rickshaw Recycling Project

The Institute for Gender and Development Studies, (IGDS) Mona Unit in collaboration with Recycling Partners of Jamaica (RPJ) and Mona Social Services launched The Rickshaw Recycling Project on March 8, 2021, to mark International Women’s Day 2021.

This year’s theme, “#ChooseToChallenge”, highlights the importance of challenging biases and misconceptions in the interest of creating a more inclusive and gender-equal world.

The purpose of the Rickshaw Project is three-fold: to encourage Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management; to provide a Micro-enterprise opportunity for women in the August Town communities; and to provide financial Stability for women in the August town communities, some of whom have been exposed to gender-based violence.

Recycling Partners of Jamaica (RPJ) donated two (2) Rickshaws to the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Mona Unit to facilitate the collection of plastic bottles.

This pilot will include eight women leaders from the following August Town Communities: Hermitage, Goldsmith Villa, August Town Proper, Bedward Garden and African Garden.

The monitoring and evaluation process will be carried out by the IGDS Mona Unit and Recycling Partners Jamaica. The data gathered will inform the scaling up of the project beginning April 1, 2021, when it will be expanded to the remaining four August Town communities.