Women Wednesday #19
Posted on 08 March 2017
NEON MOON WOMEN WEDNESDAY: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EDITION!
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(Vandana Shiva / seedfreedom)
Vandana Shiva has dedicated her life to promoting biodiversity in soil and fighting for thefreedom of seeds.She helped change the world’s perception of farmers in India by explaining that most of them are women, and has campaigned against large companies patenting seeds, saying that it has led to soaring prices and destroyed many farming families. We hope her movement for free seeds continues to grow!
(Bertha Isabel Zúniga Cáceres / Lifegate)
Bertha Isabel Zúniga Cáceres, is the daughter of Berta Caceres, an environmental activist who fought for the rights of indigenous people in Honduras by assisting them in forming a council for political power. They rallied against the construction of a dam which was being built without local consent and would have been at great cost to the surrounding sacred wildlife. Though her mother was murdered last year as the result of this struggle, Bertha is carrying on the fight, stating: ‘I know what I’m facing.’ Here’s to her bravery; we hope they win.
(Wangari Maathai / Lantern Books)
Wangari Maathai is a name that everyone needs to know. In 1977 she co-ordinated the Green Belt Movement in Kenya which paid a stipend to each woman who planted trees across the country. Since then, over 50 million trees have been planted and thousands of women have been trained in different agricultural trades for an independent income. Wangari passed away in 2011 but her legacy lives on to this day. We’re inspired by the way she managed to unite so many people with different struggles!
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