On November 24th Friends of the Earth UK (FoE) realised one of its Big Ideas projects with the publication of ‘Why Women Will Save The Planet’ (Zed books).
The book contains contributions from academics, researchers and practitioners and argues that women are important agents of sustainable development.
Andrew Lees Trust (ALT) has contributed a chapter in this book – reflecting on the role that ALT media projects have played in empowering women in southern Madagascar.
The chapter was written by the ALT UK Director, Yvonne Orengo, in consultation with her Malagasy colleagues Mme Hanitra Raharimanana (Director of Andry Lalana Tohana – ALT Mg) and Mme Charlotte (Radio Producer ALT Mg), who shared their personal perspectives and experience of applying communications as a tool for educational empowerment, to give voice to local communities, and promote citizen engagement and democratic discourse.
Craig Bennett, Director of FoE UK addressed the gathered audience, welcomed the publication and commented that it is extraordinary we should need such a book in 2015!
He announced that FoE was committed to realise full equality in the organisation by 2017.
During the evening many of the book authors joined with representatives from NGOs, media and FoE campaigners to celebrate the launch of the book and to share experiences and ideas in discussion groups.
It was a very inspiring evening and it is hoped the book will be widely shared and read ; most importantly, that it will place women in the forefront of sustainable development and contribute to gender equality both in policy and practice.
You can obtain a copy of the book via this link to the FoE shop :https://www.foeshop.co.uk/why-women-will-save-the-planet.html
FoE have also issued a briefing paper on gender equality and environmental sustainability: