Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change
[Photo: Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo work to reforest the Itombwe region as a part of WECAN/SAFECO program. Photo by Stany Nzabas]
Stories are considered one of most (if not THE most) powerful ways to build movements and effect societal change. So the just-launched "Story Hub" project ‘Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change’ has caught my attention this weekend, especially as it lifts otherwise unheard, undocumented voices to the fore.
From their website:
Women are impacted first and worst by climate change, yet are simultaneously essential actors in local and global solutions....And yet, the voice and rights of women often continue to be suppressed and ignored. As CNN and Media Matters have reported, only 15% of those interviewed in the media on climate change have been women.
‘Women Speak: Stories, Case Studies And Solutions From The Frontlines Of Climate Change’ is a web-based research database and initiative designed to shift the narrative and to challenge dominant systems of exploitation and oppression of women and the Earth, as we collect and share many hundreds, and ultimately many thousands, of stories by and about women leading struggles and solutions for climate justice under a variety of cross-sectional themes. The goal is to create an accessible and ever-growing source of information, research and multimedia storytelling for frontline Earth defenders, policy makers, journalists, activists, educators, students, and all those seeking to understand and demonstrate why and how women are paramount to just action on climate change, and the defense and protection of the web of life itself.
Ms. Magazine will be running a series of blog posts on the project, beginning with an interview with WECAN's Osprey Orielle Lake.
I hope you'll check out Women Speak, and share your thoughts on it. Any of these stories shift your perspective, give new inspiration or appreciation, inspire your own ideas for action?