Today is International Women's Day. On this day, women all around the world raise their voices and fight for their rights, for their access to water, to land, to clean air.
Since Women’s Day came to exist some 100 years ago, a lot has improved, but we’re still far away from an equal world. Still today, in 2020, women do not have the same rights and opportunities as men. Meanwhile, each day we see new examples of women and women’s movements that lead local and global change.
Women human rights defenders stand up to protect their environment and take the lead in the global climate change movement. As food producers for their families and local markets, they have to answer to the rapidly growing impacts of climate change on our daily life, on food production and on water supply. Women implement their practical and inclusive ideas to sustainable land, water and forest management but have far less access to decision-making processes and finance than men.
In order to face the challenges of climate change an inequality, Both ENDS joins hands with the women’s movement. Only by bringing environmental justice and gender justice to the same fore, we can contribute to women gaining a say in how water, forest and land is managed, have official land use rights and occupy leadership positions.
As a tribute to all women around the world, we highlight the extraordinary Women’s Day celebrations by Asian, African and Latin-American women we have the honour to work with: