Women & Environments International Magazine

Biannual Canadian journal examing women in their natural and social environments from a feminist viewpoint.

Articles from No. 64/65, Fall/Winter

Anarchism
ANARCHISM Sean M. Sheehan London: Reaktion Books, 2003. 175 pp. $26.95Anarchism, by Sean M. Sheehan, provides an informative historical analysis of anarchism, highlighting the role that anarchism plays in the contemporary anti-globalization movement....
Another World Via "Diversity?"
Eco/Feminism at the 2004 World Social ForumThe World Social Forum (WSF), according to its website, is "an open meeting place where groups and movements of civil society opposed to neoliberalism and a world dominated by capitalism or by any form of imperialism...
Community AIDS Watch: Kenyan Women Lead the Response to HIV/AIDS
Huairou CommissionKenya is among the countries most affected by HIV/AIDS. UNAIDS estimates that 15% of the population was infected in 2000. Despite the millions of dollars pouring into the country over the last several years, communities often have few...
Eco-Spirituality, Neo-Paganism and the Hindu Right
The Dangers of Religious EnvironmentalismIn recent years, neo-pagan eco-spirituality has found a welcome home in the women's movement. Inspired by the ecofeminist writings of Starhawk, Charlene Spretnak, and Vandana Shiva, the growing popularity of eco-spiritual...
Feminism in the AGM
Feminist Activism in the Grassroots Anti-Globalization Movement, North and SouthWhen asked, at the turn of the millennium, about the state of the contemporary women's movement, American feminist Gloria Steinern is reported to have quipped: "Seattle is...
Films & Videos
Selected Women and Anti-Globalization Films and VideosANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLEMark Dworkin and Melissa Young, 2002, 24 min.This film captures the energy of the World Social Forum through footage of the 2002 WSF in Porto Alegre, Brazil. It also includes...
For-Giving: A Feminist Criticism of Exchange
FOR-GIVING: A FEMINIST CRITICISM OF EXCHANGE Genevieve Vaughan Austin, TX: Plain View Press, 1997. 454 pp. $27.95In the same way that we can learn from Marx without being strict Marxists or let postmodernism inform our actions without being devotees...
Gender, Development, and Globalization: Economics as If All People Mattered
Gender, Development, and Globalization: Economics as if All People Mattered Lourdes Benería New York: Routledge, 2003. 212pp. $29.95.In Gender, Development, and Globalization, feminist economist Lourdes Beneria uses an interdisciplinary feminist lens...
Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy
GLOBAL WOMAN: NANNIES, MAIDS, AND SEX WORKERS IN THE NEW ECONOMY Edited by Barbara Ehrenreich and ArLIe Russell Hochschild London: Granta, 2002; New York: Metropolitan Books, 2003. 328 pp. CDN $21.90When I moved to Toronto in 1996, it took months to...
Greek Women Experience Corporate Globalization
Interview with Andriana Vlachou and Sissy VovouWEI: Is the European Union (EU) a force for or against corporate globalization, and is it affecting women?ANDRIANA: Throughout the 1980s the EU had more of a social democratic orientation, specifically the...
Is Anti-Capitalism Enough?
Issues of Race and Gender in the Grassroots Anti-Globalization Movement in CalgaryAnti-globalization activism in Calgary received a major boost from the organizing that took place to protest the June 2002 G8 summit in Kananaskis, a mountain resort 100...
"Just Work"
The SCM Explores the Impact of Corporate Globalization in North AmericaMy first encounter with the Student Christian Movement (SCM) was during clubs week in my first year at University. I would normally have walked right by their poster; however, the...
Poppies and Mangoes
Women's Empowerment, Environmental Conservation, and Ecotourism in Costa RicaDespite the incredible heat of a Costa Rican January evening, Damaris, president of AMAT (Asociacion de Mujeres Activas de Tarcoles or Association of Active Women of Tarcoles),...
Privatization of Public Services
What Does it Mean for Women?Women, in Canada and around the globe, have a lot to lose with the privatization of public services. Good jobs for women in the public sector are being replaced with insecure employment at about half the pay, a heavier workload,...
Prophets Facing Backward: Postmodern Critiques of Science and Hindu Nationalism in India
PROPHETS FACING BACKWARD: POSTMODERN CRITIQUES OF SCIENCE AND HINDU NATIONALISM IN INDIA Meera Nanda New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003. 288 pp. $23.95Meera Nanda's book Prophets Facing Backward is an engaging and dearLy written examination...
The Anti-Globalization Movement, Queer Diasporas, and Cultural Production
The transnational movement of people, information, and even discourses, characteristic of contemporary neo-liberal globalization is having a large impact not only on economic relations but also on sexual identities and identity politics. New forms of...
The Global Significance of Local Resistance
A Feminist, Postmodern Look at Anti-Globalization PoliticsInterview with Janet ConwayJanet Conway co-founded in 1992 and served on the steering committee of Toronto's Metro Network for Social Justice (MNSJ), and has been extensively involved in the anti-globalization...
UN Habitat World Urban Forum II, 2004
An Overwhelming ExperienceOver 3500 politicians, bureaucrats, professionals, and a good sprinkling of grass roots people, from all over the world tried to grapple with the "Cities, Crossroads of Cultures, Inclusiveness and Integration." Women formed...
Vancouver's Grassroots Women Link the Local and the Global
The anti-globalization movement in Canada has often been criticized for not properly representing the interests of the country's culturally and socially diverse population. To some extent this criticism is deserved because working for social change is...
Water without Dams
Women Organize in the Amazon RegionSince 1988, local activists have paralyzed several attempts to construct a dam at Altamira on the Xingu River in the Amazon region of Brazil. Men and women have worked together in the social movement opposing the dam;...
Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising
Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising Starhawk Gabriela Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2002. 276 pp. $23.95Starhawk, an American writer and feminist activist, is well known for her numerous books on neo-pagan spirituality. Since the "Battle...
Women and Globalization in Ireland
Interview with Siobhan O'Donoghue of Dublin's MRCICorporate globalization is currently having a massive and a multi-faceted impact on Irish society and especially on women in Ireland. Regina Cochrane talked about this with Siobhan O'Donoghue, the coordinator...