18 Mar 2020
Friends of the Earth groups mobilise around International Women's Day
Like Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, many groups in our international federation mobilised around International Women’s Day.
Rita Uwaka works for Environmental Rights Action (Friends of the Earth Nigeria). She is also one of Friends of the Earth International’s coordinators supporting work on gender justice. Here's what she had to say:
Every day is a day to mobilize. Every day is a day for women to speak out, to support the social environmental justice struggle and to support one another. 8 March is a special day to build collective solidarity around issues of women and visibilize their struggles and their contributions to social environmental justice around the world
Here are some interesting resources on the subject:
- Our podcast about international women's day which asks 'Is climate breakdown sexist?'
- Friends of the Earth International's booklet Why gender justice & dismantling patriarchy? with stories about gender inequality from different regions. It includes practical ideas for strengthening gender justice, challenging power relations and dismantling patriarchy in daily lives.
Murder of indigenous activist in Costa Rica
Groups from around the Friends of the Earth International network have joined in solidarity with Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean following the murder of Jehry Rivera Rivera, an indigenous leader from the Naso Bröran people in Costa Rica, on 24 February 2020.
Jehry Rivera fought for indigenous autonomy in the face of land usurpers and extractive projects such as the Di quís Hydroelectric Project which was negatively affecting the community.
Please continue to share this news if you are able. He is the second indigenous activist to be killed in Costa Rica in the last 12 months.