We Need to Stay Alive: Gender and Environmental Sustainability in the Indian Context

It is a universally acknowledged fact that consequences of patriarchy and capitalism lead to women’s subordination and environmental degradation. Beginning from the ecofeminist and extending and transforming it to the feminist environmentalist approach; the rights over natural resources and their proper utilization has been the topic of discussion for decades. The ecofeminist socialist resistance to meet the eco crisis is an agenda almost all the countries in the universe attempt to adopt. Beginning from accumulating the natural resources from the forests to the global food production the role of women is huge. Patriarchy holds power and women suffer lack of resources and other factors of discrimination. Keeping all such nuances in mind the proposal attempts to explore the future of feminism from an ecological perspective in the Indian context. The proposal aims to address the following issues:

  1. Intersection of feminism and climate action
  2. Capitalization of nature as a result of neo-liberal economy and its impact
  3. The imbalance of the distribution of the natural resources and responsibilities among the genders from a human rights perspective

Dr. Trayee Sinha, she/her/they/them, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies, Diamond Harbour Women’s University

3 thoughts on “We Need to Stay Alive: Gender and Environmental Sustainability in the Indian Context”

  1. The future directions and requirements for implementation that were discussed at the end of the presentation are very important. Thank you for sharing and highlighting the role of women in climate action!

  2. Thank you for your enlightening presentation! It was interesting to learn about the unique role that women have both in their positions as vulnerable to climate change as well as leaders in resisting climate injustice. One question I have is what are the historic roots of women’s engagement in ecofeminism in India, and what are their futures as well?

  3. Thank you Martino for your comments. There is a lot of historical root of women’s engagement in ecofeminism in India although that is mainly originated from the west. Chipko Movement was the most significant stance. Apart from that women’s connection with nature is inseparable and women are compared to mother earth. In the Indian context we often find that women are closely related to the forests- either for gathering fuel and fodder or for agricultural purpose. Their attempt to save the trees have always been more than enough. Regarding the future of these women they are coming forward with their products made from forest related resources and they are also involved in plantation of trees at an extensive level. There is a wider perspective of this.

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