Bloom, Phoenix Park, Dublin |
May 31st – June 4th 2018
While it has been a century of progress for women across the world, the past 12 months have reminded us of the ground we still need to cover to ensure we attain true gender equality. While much of the focus has been on the fate of women in the western world, nowhere is gender inequality felt more keenly than in the developing world. As the UN has outlined, gender equality ‘is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world’.
In Sub Saharan Africa, for example, women make up 75 percent of the agricultural workforce and produce 80 percent of the household food, yet own just one percent of the land. Agricultural yields are 22 percent higher on farms run by educated women, but over 49 million girls are denied an education in Sub Saharan Africa.
Providing women and girls with equal access to education, healthcare, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes, fuels sustainable economies and benefits society and humanity at large.
At Bloom in the Park 2018, GOAL showcased a gold-medal winning concept garden that celebrated the role of women globally, and helped to shine a light on the inequality they continue to endure, particularly in the developing world. Through our work, GOAL recognises that gender inequality compounds poverty and vulnerability and undermines community resilience. We strive for a world where every person, regardless of their gender, should be able to lead lives of fulfillment.
Designed by landscape architect, Cornelia Raftery, ‘No Limits – GOAL’s Garden for Women’ contained a dual purpose. While the garden itself showcased some of the female-led interventions that are working to progress change in less developed countries, GOAL staff were on site to explain how many of the women we work with are prevented from having an equal role in society.
The garden showcased a vision of a world that could exist if there were ‘no limits’ for women in the developing world. It represented an image of what we all want to achieve for women in the Global South; a society where women are free to play an active, critical and significant role in the future of their people and their country.
Throughout our work we have found examples of young women who triumph over adversity like Halima and Sadia, two young women and best friends from Ethiopia and Eritrea. They told us that despite the challenges they currently face, they are determined to make their lives as successful as possible by studying hard, speaking out and pushing back against some of the cultural norms in their society.
Everyone in GOAL remains focused on helping courageous and resolute young women like Halima and Sadia achieve their dreams. Watch and listen to their story below.
The overall message of this garden is that by working together, we can envision a time where there are ‘no limits’ to what women can achieve in the developing world, and the role they can play in society.Cornelia Raftery
From Mallow, Cornelia Raftery has always been a keen gardener with a strong interest in creating well-designed outdoor spaces. She decided to follow her dream of becoming a landscape architect and has worked on a variety of projects from small private gardens to public parks, community regeneration schemes and large scale corporate projects. Cornelia is a registered member of the GLDA, the Irish Landscape Institute and the Teaching Council of Ireland. She has tutored at university level and is currently a tutor at the Garden Design Academy of Ireland. This is her first show garden at Bloom.
Palms: Phoenix canariensis - Date Palm; Trachycarpus fortune. Bananas: Musa Tropicana – Banana; Musa Basjo - Ethiopian banana. Grasses Yucca & Cordelines: Arundo donax Aureovariegata – Giant reed grass; Carex buchananii ‘Red Rooster’; Carex ‘Evergold’; Cortaderia sell. ‘Pumila’; Millium effusum ‘aureum’; Cordyline Variegate; Yucca elephantipes ‘Jewel’. Herbaceous: Astilbe ar. ‘Fanal’; Epimedium x rubrum; Helleborus argutifolius; Hosta ‘Francee’; Paeonia delayvii; Pulmonaria Magestee; Allium giganteum; Lupinus ‘King Charles’ – Lupin; Asplenium scolopendrium – Hart’s Tongue Fern; Zantedeschia – Arum Lilly. Rockery: Persicaria aff. ‘Darjeeling Red’; Ajuca repens ‘Evening Glow’; Chiastophyllum opp. ‘Frosted Jade’; Sedum acre ‘Aureum’; Sempervivum lipari; Gazania rigens. Shrubs: Fatsia japonica; Prunus laurocera. Rotundifolia. Annuals: Marigolds; Begonias. Vegetables: Corn, Broad beans, Fennel, Beetroot, Carrot, Sweet Pepper, Chilli Pepper, Cucumber, Lettuce (various), Sweetcorn (mixed & mainstay), Pea, Beans (various), Tomato (various), Kale (various)
June Bank Holiday Weekend, Phoenix Park, Dublin,
May 31st – June 4th, 9am – 6pm