The Planet & Ecological Health

Gender and Economic Justice: Dreaming alternatives

Jayati Ghosh argues it is time for feminists to enter into the discussion of alternatives more forcefully in order to define how economic institutions and policies can ensure a gender-just economy and society. Introduction We have just lived through a phase in which the only grand idea that survived in much of the world seemed […]

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Center Staging Women’s Leadership in Climate Resilient/Sustainable Development

Posted in The Planet & Ecological Health on March 11th, 2013 by

This 6-hour session built upon the reality that the women’s movement has been a driving force in the environmental and sustainable development movement since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. The opening dialogue featured a range of feminist activists who critically examined current frameworks of sustainability and climate change adaptation, reviewing Rio Plus 20, the […]

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Re-envisioning development, exploring alternative constructions across the globe

In the context of converging crises, this in-depth session aimed to contribute to the debate on challenging the mainstream economic model from a critical feminist perspective. By convening a range of voices from different movements and sectors, the session began by unpacking development, departing from the understanding that development is a politically constructed process and […]

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Development: some of us live it, some of us work in it, some of us strive for it and some of us challenge it

Posted in The Planet & Ecological Health on February 7th, 2013 by

What do we mean by development? This session engaged with critical feminist perspectives of the different constructions and conceptions of development. What these diverse, mainstream and complex understandings of development mean for women’s rights were explored and challenged. A power point presentation shared by Yardena Tankel of the issues raised in the economic toolbox session […]

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Climate Change Finance and Women’s Empowerment

Posted in The Planet & Ecological Health on February 7th, 2013 by

This session explored the gender dimensions of international climate change finance, including essential nuts and bolts of gender climate change adaptation, mitigation and technology transfer and development. Participants mapped out the instruments, institutions and modalities of climate change financing as they exist and are emerging globally, regionally and nationally. A summary prepared by AWID staff […]

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Former Irish President Mary Robinson: Climate Change the Biggest Human Rights Issue of Our Time

Posted in The Planet & Ecological Health on December 7th, 2012 by

Interview by AMY GOODMAN. We’re joined at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Doha by Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland and former U.N. high commissioner for human rights. Today Robinson heads the Mary Robinson Foundation–Climate Justice. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honors […]

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The Middle Path: Towards Sustainability and Global Well-Being

by Asoka Bandarage. The author argues that growing economic inequality and the distribution of resources and opportunities is the main social issue of our time. She explores the systemic roots of the current crisis through an integration of critical social science analysis and a universal spiritual approach to ecological sustainability and social development. She argues […]

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From Sustainable Development To Green Economy – What Does This Mean For Women?

Posted in The Planet & Ecological Health on November 20th, 2012 by

FRIDAY FILE: Twenty years after the first United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) that took place in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 it is clear that governments have failed to implement development models that are socially just and environmentally sustainable. It is in the context of revision of the of sustainable development framework that […]

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Do climate change funds neglect women?

Posted in The Planet & Ecological Health on November 16th, 2012 by

Rebekah Curtis.   People funding initiatives to tackle climate change effects would channel money towards the worst-affected people, right? And towards those who play key roles in mitigating the effects of climate change? It certainly sounds logical. But in reality, many donors aiming to help communities to weather climate change often overlook the needs of […]

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Where should we be advocating for women’s rights?

Posted in The Planet & Ecological Health on November 2nd, 2012 by

by Rachel Harris, WEDO Advocacy Coordinator This morning when I walked into the opening plenary at the 2012 AWID Forum I felt ready to be stimulated and motivated by feminists from around the world in provocative discussions, panels, roundtables and side conversations. However, it quickly became clear that I had underestimated the power and energy which comes […]

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Post conflict reconstruction: ask the women farmers

TABARA NDIAYE. Twenty years of conflict has destroyed the social fabric of Casamance.The only way to re-instate security and eradicate famine in an area once known as the bread-basket of Senegal is to ask the women farmers, says Tabara Ndiaye “How many times have we seen the experts ask our grandfathers questions about the rice […]

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“Food sovereignty” as a transformative model of economic power

JENNIFER ALLSOPP. The argument is being made that “food sovereignty” is an organising principle so demonstrably strong that it has the potential to transform economic power. Can we really invest in it as the ecological principle to take us into the 21st century? Jenny Allsopp reports from the AWID Forum 2012 In order to advance women’s rights and […]

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Making visible the invisible: commodification is not the answer

MARILYN WARING. If you are invisible as a producer in the GDP, you are invisible in the distribution of benefits in the economic framework of  the national budget. As feminists we must embrace an ecological model if we are to transform economic power, and the market and commodification must be seen as the servants of […]

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The Planet and Ecological Health

Posted in The Planet & Ecological Health on October 25th, 2012 by

Humanity is witnessing the unprecedented impact of its erroneous assumptions about unlimited natural resources and patterns of production and consumption. Despite numerous global agreements to protect the environment, international institutions and governments have not significantly curbed environmental degradation, which includes not only climate change, but also biodiversity loss, the pollution of rivers and water basins, […]

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