Many are the development cooperation projects using crafts and tailoring as strategy to empower women by providing them with specific training and employment opportunities. In Bangladesh, UNHCR launched a project to support Rohingya women based in Nayapara refugee camp. The project plans to train nearly 1,200 young women this year.
As I know this strategy is seen in different ways and there is some kind of controversial debate about “giving sewing machines to women is not empowerment“, I would address this issue very soon by sharing my thoughts about that. For instance, read more about this initiative in this story.