For People – Making the World a Better Place for All
Who are we?
We are the women and the men. The young and the old. The abled and the disabled. The local and the migrants. The rural and the urban. The rich and the poor.
Now let us remove the labels and try again.
Who are we? We are human beings.
Sadly, we are seemingly living in a world where more value is placed on the labels that divide us rather than the humanity that unites us. Often, we can barely pronounce our names, before the world starts dictating our life choices, opportunities and experiences based on the labels they create.
Women are overburdened with the societal expectations to juggle career, care work and household work while also being deprived of the feeling of safety in their homes, community and in workplace. Women’s participation remains limited in the economy and labor force and are also under-represented in decision-making processes highly reducing the chance of an equal world.
Men are faced with the pressure of being the primary bread winners and provide for their families. They are discouraged to show emotions and seek support as it does not align with the societies perception of what a man should be.
Persons with Disabilities are marginalized with limited accessibility to basic information and services and continue to face significant barriers to living independently due to limited opportunity and insufficient infrastructure to cater to their specific needs.
Migrant workers are subjected to range of entrenched abuses from society and their employers, including but not limited to unsafe living and working conditions, and excessive work demands.
Youth are feeling increasingly stressed, helpless, and disengaged in the face of inadequate opportunities with many having to struggle with their behaviors around substance use and turning to a life of crime.
The city dwellers work multiple jobs trying to make ends meet. Island residents struggle to access basic services such as quality education and health facilities.
At every corner of the society, we see gloomy faces exhausted by the burdens that they carry.
The silence is deafening. The inaction is injustice.
We must do better. We deserve better.
For Planet – Winning the Race against Climate Change
The race is on. The forecast is gloomy.
Sea levels are rising.
Islands are facing issues of udha (tidal swells) at an unprecedented rate.
Communities are being forced out of their own homes and islands.
Freshwater is slowly becoming a scarce with outer islands already experience drinking water shortage.
Dengue Fever. Malaria and other vector borne diseases are becoming more and more common with the changes in temperature and rainfall.
Food and economic security are threatened as we are unable to rely on traditional sources of income such as fishing.
Coral reefs and underwater life are dying as the ocean temperatures raise, slowly stripping off the beauty Maldives is known for.
For small island nations such as Maldives, winning the race against climate change is no longer a choice, but a necessity for future existence.
For Prosperity – Doing Good Sustainably
COVID-19 pandemic did a complete 360 on our lives.
Economy was on the brink of collapse. Entire industries came to a halt. Businesses shut down.
Any progress on decent work was reversed. Stories of mistreatment of workers became daily news. Salaries were reduced. Benefits were withheld. More and more people lost their jobs and source of income.
Families were forced to return back to the very same islands they left in the hopes of a dignified life with access to quality services.
Corruption, injustice, unequal opportunity, and other social ills only added to the gloom, widening the gap between rich and the poor, the abled and the disabled, the men and the women and more.
With the bad also came the good. People began exploring new interests and hobbies. Some cooked and baked. Some took up gardening. Others pursued their passion for art. While for many it was merely just a way of passing time, for others it turned into an opportunity to earn some extra income, and invest in exciting new future prospects.
The stories of Shiba, Niyaz and Yoosuf are just few examples of how youth with the right opportunity and guidance can make a difference and inspire change.
Do you have a great idea as well? Here’s a chance to turn it into reality!
Miyaheli – Social Innovation Camp is back with a focus on innovation for People, Planet and Prosperity. Miyaheli aspires to create change from the grassroots up allowing individuals to create the change they seek for themselves.
More about Miyaheli 2021, and to apply click here
‘Miyaheli’ is a social innovation camp hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ooredoo Maldives since 2016, with the support of the Government of Australia and in collaboration with several partners with the aim to empower young individuals to become change-makers. The series brings together youth, ideas, mentors and digital and nondigital tools to create innovations on pressing social issues in Maldivian society through social entrepreneurship. Close to 200 youth from across the country have been engaged since 2016.
Youth Vulnerability Assessment
Rights Side of Life
IPCC Report - Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis
Rapid Livelihoods Assessment