Examining the connections between women and the natural environment is the focus of the social movement and intellectual school known as ecofeminism. This social movement, which is centered on the preservation of nature, is driven by indigenous and decolonial movements, notably activists of colour women. In the middle of the 1970s, it first emerged alongside second-wave feminism and the green movement. Ecofeminists examine how they marginalize and oppress “women” as well as “nature.”
According to ecofeminism, sexism, racism, class exploitation, and environmental destruction are the four interconnected pillars on which patriarchal society is based. Ecofeminism’s core tenet is the rejection of all forms of dominance and bias. It highlights how crucially humans, other species, and the Earth are connected to one another. It is sacred to protect the environment and all of its living things. A good example of it is the Green Belt Movement, which was founded in Kenya in 1977. With a goal of assisting women worldwide, the organization grows trees in an effort to stop deforestation. They coordinate women’s groups to plant trees as part of their activities.
The disproportionate impact of environmental challenges on women is another point of emphasis for ecofeminism because omen is more likely to be uprooted by climate change because they often have less financial wealth and depend more on the natural world.
Ms. Neelam Sharma
Assistant ProfessorMay 31, 2023
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