The first Women’s day was observed in the USA in 1909, designed by the socialist party of America to honour the garment workers’ strike in New York where women were protesting against working conditions. By 1975 the UN had introduced International Women’s day as an annual event on the 8th March to support and promote an international standard of equality world-wide and acting as a reminder of the importance of working towards a fairer society. These internationally agreed strategies, standards and goals continue to aid the advancement of the status of women worldwide today, all be it in a different global context from when it was first conceived.
Still, there’s a long way to go – especially for women in the world’s remotest communities where tradition and isolation act as a barrier to the message.
To achieve gender equality, we need women entrepreneurs, and to create women entrepreneurs, we need resources and education. With this in mind Biodiversity has started to pilot a program help the women of our neighbouring village of Yenbeser generate their own income from readily available natural resources, producing a product that is not only good for their health and their income, but good for the environment too!
By providing a coconut grinder for common use in the village, now all the women of Yenbeser have the chance to produce their own pure, organic coconut oil. The oil is sold by the women to local businesses (including Biodiversity!) as an alternative to palm oil. Palm oil is synonymous with aggressive rainforest deforestation in Indonesia and more specifically, the degradation of the natural habitat of the now critically endangered Orang-utan.
We’re proud not only to be empowering women in the local area, but also to be diverting business away from this destructive global industry.
Biodiversity use the local coconut oil to cook with as part of it’s healthy balanced menu, and sell it in our onsite shop.
As well as for use in hair and skincare, did you know Coconut Oil has the following properties?
Weight Loss – coconut oil contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest as compared to other edible oils and helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system.
Immunity – It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.
Boosts Digestion – Coconut oil helps improve the digestive system, and thus, prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Dental Care – Calcium is an important component of our teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates the absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in developing strong teeth. It also stops tooth decay. Recent research suggests that it is also beneficial in reducing plaque formation and plaque-induced gingivitis.
Speeds Up Healing – When applied to infected areas, coconut oil forms a chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. It is highly effective on bruises because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues.
So, needless to say, all of the Biodiversity team now have marvellously strong shiny hair! We look forward to the weekly delivery of our favourite organic, local product – always delivered with a smile – which has improved the lives of those who make it AND those who buy it.