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Montenegro: OSCE Mission introduces microgreen farming as an occupational therapy for women survivors of gender-based violence

The OSCE Mission to Montenegro continues in its support of the SOS Helpline Nikšić as it develops microgreen farming as an occupational therapy for the women survivors of gender-based violence. In May and June, the Mission provided microgreens equipment and supplies as well as expertise in developing a Handbook for Microgreens Cultivation. This will be followed by trainings for survivors and NGO staff.

On 26 June, Dominique Waag, Head of Mission, in visiting the NGO SOS Helpline Nikšić commended the holistic and innovative approach that NGO SOS Nikšić has embraced, working alongside survivors to achieve independent lives free from abuse. “Nothing is more important than offering protection and safe accommodation to those who suffer violence. In addition to safe refuge, microgreens farming can help women recover from violence and to overcome the trauma,” said Ambassador Waag.

Nataša Međedović, Executive Coordinator of NGO SOS Helpline Nikšić, thanked the Mission for the support and underlined that occupational therapy is one of the key resources that has the ability to go well beyond the usual benefits of shelter services. “Through hands-on activities, microgreens farming will help the survivors maintain their psychological well-being and obtain skills that they can use upon leaving the shelter,” said Ms. Međedović.

She added that after suffering gender-based violence, recovery through occupational therapy has the potential to empower survivors and improve their prospects of financial independence.

OSCE sees gender-based violence not only as a threat to individuals and communities but also as a security concern. The Mission will continue to work alongside national authorities and civil society organizations in promoting gender equality and working towards living in a society with zero tolerance towards gender-based violence.


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