Women and the Environment: A Reader : Crisis and Development in the Third World

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Sally Sontheimer
Earthscan, 1991 - Ecology - 205 pages
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Increasingly, over the last 20 years, women in poor developing countries have had to cope with growing ecological stress. Food, fodder, wood and water, previously in adequate supply have become scarce, and women have also been deprived of traditional access to cultivable land. Those who left the countryside for the cities now face terrible pollution, miserable housing and poor sanitation and water supplies. This reader tells the rarely told story of women living and coping in these dreadful conditions. It is a book of hope because it shows them to be not passive victims but courageous fighters and organizers in the fact of natural disaster, uncaring bureaucracy, agencies and governments whose priorities lie elsewhere, and traditional structures inimical to their needs. The women and their oganizations described here have produced demonstrably effective approaches for more sustainable uses of their resources and environments, challenging conventional accounts of their roles.
 

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Contents

Women in the Fight Against Desertification
32
Women and Forest Resources
67
The Political Economy of the
93
Women Water and Sanitation
119
TAKING ACTION FOR A BETTER FUTURE
133
Womens Role in the Chipko
163
Rural Women Organize for Change
179
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