From FCAM: Our Participation at COP22
If I know a younger woman who would like to join our cause, I will smile, I will think “I am not alone.” I will hold her hand. When you know someone who shares your ideals, it counteracts your own fears. It is satisfactory and gives you strength as well. To not feel alone in your struggle is fundamental, encouraging and necessary. María Antonia Recinos Ayala, Santa Marta Women’s Organization.
Far from being limited to the promotion of individual rights of women, women’s struggles for environmental justice are immersed in long-term collective struggles, which have their roots in the legacies of colonialism. Nevertheless, the United Nations, Economic and Social Council (2016) affirmed that not only is there an urgent need to ensure women’s access to and control over land, water and energy to achieve food security and sustainable livelihoods, but also for supporting women’s agency and empowerment. Women’s knowledge, organization and collective action are key to exploring and creating more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development alternative pathways.
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