System change means dismantling patriarchy

Bhatnagar, Dipti; Hasan, Syeda Rizwana

Publisher:  Ecologist
Date Written:  26/10/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23079

A look at patriarchy and the sexual division of labour, and why gender justice is fundamental for meaningful environmental justice, and moreover how grassroots, anti-capitalist feminism is key to system change.



Due to their perceived "natural" role, women are disproportionately affected by social and environmental injustice and the multiple interconnected crisis, such as climate change and hunger. This is especially so for women of colour, peasant and indigenous women, migrants, working class and LBTQ women.

We have to work harder and longer hours to produce sufficient food, maintain livelihoods, and protect our territories. Women's wisdom and our potential role as food producers and practitioners of agroecology are attacked and denied by the capitalist system.

Despite this, women are fighters, not victims. Largely as a consequence of our historical connection to the production and reproduction of life in the territories in which we live and struggle, women are collectively taking the lead in grassroots environmental justice struggles to challenge unjust economic models.
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