Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Women Rising XXI: Women’s Rights to Water, Land, and Farming

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Women are gaining influence as leaders throughout the world, fighting for peace, justice, the environment, and civil society. On this program we profile a dynamic partnership between the Women's Earth Alliance and the Global Women's Water Initiative: working on women's rights to water, land, farming and basic human dignity.

Rucha Chitnis, director, Women's Earth Alliance India; Maame Yelbert-Obeng, Women's Earth Alliance Africa; Gemma Bulos, director, Global Women's Water Initiative; Sandra Hay, CEO and filmmaker, Unseen Pictures; Mama Catherine, activist in Cameroon.
Note: Vandana Shiva is an international advisor for Women's Earth Alliance. She is not on the board, as stated on the program.  We apologize for the error.

For More Information:

'We Rise' by Gemma Boulos
'Solar Rising' by Evan Fraser
'Mother Mbira' by Evan Fraser
'Zawo' by Evan Fraser

Feminist Action Alert: in Support of the Global Women's Water Initiative: Water is a Profeminist Issue

photo of two women carrying water is from here
When I have met white profeminists--on far too rare an occasion, I frequently have heard them speak out for justice and liberation for women. They are most usually referring to freedom from misogynistic interpersonal and media violence, and social and economic inequality as framed within a white, Western understanding of women's struggles globally. I challenge these men to expand their understanding of women's liberation to include the freedom to have clean water to drink and unpolluted land to grow food and maintaining quality of life and to bury one's loved ones, and to not be beholden to white supremacist patriarchal corporate capitalism in any regard. 

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The Global Women’s Water Initiative is a joint initiative that provides training for grassroots women and groups to implement water related-strategies through appropriate technologies, action planning, seed funding and leadership development so they can improve their communities health, self reliance, and resilience to climate change.

2010 West African Women & Water Training Program from Unseen Pictures on Vimeo.

"We are living in a time when women's voices must be heard, considered
and respected at every level. Recognizing women's vital role in the
environment... is essential for a future of security and peace."

- Dr Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Laureate, in her letter of support
for the 2008 African Women and Water Conference