I was raised to believe I am equal to men. And I am.
But I was born lucky. I have equal rights to work, speak and vote. I was given an equal education. I am truly grateful because around the world women lack their human rights.
In Britain this is a day to review and address the gender inequality that remains here. But it is also a reminder of women everywhere who live in fear and oppression. It is a day to speak for their rights.
In Britain there is obvious sexism and women are more likely to experience domestic abuse and sexual violence. Women in the UK are likely to be paid less than their male equivalents. Rape Crisis claims 5% of women are raped in the UK compared to 0.4% of men.
We live in a man’s world (?)
As an environmentalist I don’t believe this world belongs to any man.
If you are wearing cotton, check the label again. Who made it? How was it made?
A Brief Introduction to these Issues:
Child Labourabuses a child’s right to play, to learn and to be safe and respected. Their childhood is taken from them to fuel a multi billion dollar industry like cotton. Often their governments are directly involved. Often they are physically abused and maltreated.
Pesticides are chemicals designed to increase crop yield by destroying any pest (such as insects.) They help produce more crop and bigger sales for farmers. However they can also be toxic for humans and all other creatures causing illness, physical defects or death. They can also ruin the earth’s soil and destroy plants and crops in the surrounding environment. Many have been branded illegal, although some are still used illegally.
(this young girl has been poisoned by the dangerous pesticide Endosulfan.)
The Environmental Justice Foundation:
The title photo is taken from a London based NGO called the Environmental Justice Foundation. The picture of the young girl above is also from their collection. As well as working for Nektarina, I help them with their campaigns. They run a successful cotton campaign that addresses both child labour and pesticides.
Here is a video about Cotton the ‘White Gold’ and Pesticides:
The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) campaigned to ban the use of Endosulfan, the same chemical that hurt the girl’s hands in the photograph above. They were successful.