Women & Environments International Magazine

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

Articles from No. 70/71, Spring

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So Much Alike, So Far Apart - Chinese Women Local Leaders Exchange Realities with WEI Magazine EditorsIn December last year, sixteen women from the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) came to Toronto and met with some of the members of the editorial...
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Women and Environments Magazine 30th Anniversary Event, May 18, 2006, 7-10 p.m.Toronto, CanadaEveryone is welcome when we celebrate three decades of WEI Magazine, upstairs at the Rivoli, 322 Queen St. West.www.weimag.com.Federation of Canadian Municipalities...
Climate Protection: What's Gender Got to Do with It?
How is climate policy linked to gender justice? How can local governments promote equal participation of women and men in municipal climate protection? A recent project of the Climate Alliance of European Cities, a collaborative effort with 10 major...
Cuba's Urban Agriculture: Food Security and Urban Sustainability
América Alarcón was in Canada, on her first trip outside of Cuba, when we first met. I was working as the interpreter for a delegation of Cuban agricultural producers who had been sponsored to share their experiences in Canada and learn about Canadian...
Cultural Collision: The Challenge of Planning for the Public Spatial Needs of Muslim Women
Australia is a multi-cultural nation. Immigration has been a significant contributor to the country's population growth since 1788 when the white colonists invaded the land. Since then some nine million people have settled in Australia. Muslims have...
Designing a Safe Haven for Women: Interview with Architect Janna Levitt
Anti-poverty and housing advocates indicate that women and children are the fastest growing group of homeless citizens in Canada's largest cities. Aboriginal women, women with disabilities, immigrant and refugee women, single mothers, and the elderly...
Engendering Urban Environmental Management: A Study of Women Councilors in Burdwan, India
A range of literature portrays Indian women as a homogeneous group of resource users burdened by the subsistence needs of their families, as victims of degradation with little access to resources, and as the 'natural' conservators and nurturers of their...
Female Migration, Environment, and Quality of Life in Mexico City
Mexico City is one of the most densely populated and polluted cities in the world. According to recent estimates, there are almost 20 million inhabitants within a 1,500 square kilometre area. Nearly 35 million tons of greenhouse gases and 3.5 million...
Gender Equality and the New City of Montréal: Building on the Past and Consolidating the Future
Women and Cities InternationalIn preparation for the World Urban Forum III, in December 2005 a group of Montréal women got together to join the Habitat Jam to share their experiences on-line with other participants in the world. Women in Cities International,...
Gender Equity in Planning in the USA and UK: Apples and Oranges?
Comparisons between the USA and UK are valuable whether at a policy or professional level. Over the decades many policy interventions have transferred successfully from the USA to the UK, particularly in the housing field. In the reverse, the approach...
Homes That Heal and Those That Don't: How Your Home May Be Harming Your Family's Health
HOMES THAT HEAL AND THOSE THAT DON'T: HOW YOUR HOME MAY BE HARMING YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH Athena Thompson New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC, 2004. $35.95/306 pagesThe title of this book captures Ms. Thompson's expertise in "Bau Biologie," building...
Issue Editorial
This is a special issue of Women and Environments International magazine. It celebrates the 30th anniversary of the magazine, a remarkable achievement in the world of feminist publishing in Canada, especially for a volunteer editorial board. This special...
Kathmandu: Women Tackle Solid Waste Management
In her professional life, Sarita Shrestha Maskey is an architect. In her private life she's an environmental activist, striving to support other women in achieving a clean and healthy environment in the suburban neighborhoods of Kathmandu, Nepal's capital...
Legitimate for Others, but Not Us? Policies for Sustainable Development and Household Work
Social policies of equality and ecological sustainability have been expected to be integrated since the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The Summit resulted in the action plan for sustainable development...
Local Women Confronting Fears to Improve Neighbourhood Safety in the UK
The Making Safer Places ProjectMaking Safer Places (MSP) is a community safety project that promotes and facilitates an effective consultation and participation process by engaging groups of local women to themselves identify problem design features...
Meet the Neighbours: Building Understanding through Participation1
In September 2005, the women of Adsum Court in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia celebrated a victory. Through the efforts of their executive director, expertise from a planning consultant2, and their own involvement in the planning process, they helped secure...
Mobilizing Women for Participating in Local Governance: A Case Study from Eskisehir, Turkey
In 2004 local elections in Turkey, KA-DER (Association for the Support and Training of Women Candidates), a women's organization, encouraged women in 12 cities to run for elected seat of neighborhoods. I interviewed these women candidates in one city...
Multi-Family Housing
Building dense multi-family housing is the best policy for environmental sustainability. A large portion of single parent families reside in such multi-family housing settings. It is important to ask whether the goal of our housing is simply shelter,...
New Voices: New Politics
It is January 2005 in the Council Chambers of the City of Ottawa. It is budget time. All day the council has been listening to public delegations. The early evening has been taken up with a well organized series of presenters both female and male - making...
Reconstructing Kosovo: UN Habitat and Gender Mainstreaming in Urban Planning
The 1999 military conflict in Kosovo had a dramatic impact on women - on their social roles, health and economic security as well as on their participation in social and political life. It was another aspect of the war in former Yugoslavia. It led to...
The Crisis of Women's Homelessness in Canada: Summary of the CERA Report
Canada was once a leader in developing some of the most innovative cooperative and non-profit housing for and by women anywhere in the world. Today, in contrast, there is a growing crisis of women's homelessness across Canada. The Canadian government...
Thirty Years of Women's Dedication: 30 Years of Women & Environments International Magazine
Thirty years - a labour of love. What is it that has kept Women & Environments International magazine, now (WEI Mag) alive all these years? It's the countless writers, the almost equally countless board members and volunteers, you our wonderfully...
Water for African Cities: Integrating a Pro-Poor Gender Analysis in UN-HABITAT's Water for African Cities Programme Phase II
Forty to 70 percent of urban Africans live in slums, informal settlements and peri-urban areas. Most of these settlements are not recognized by planning acts and laws and thus not provided with basic municipal services such as water, sanitation, solid...
Women and Community Safety: A Retrospect and Prospect
In a Montreal hotel room in late 1989, a dozen women held an angry discussion. They were at the first UN-sponsored international conference on Local Governance and Crime Prevention, and gender was not an issue on the official agenda. There was a great...
Women and Public Facilities in Taiwan: Revising Policies on Public Spaces
Space is socially constructed, just like language. The arrangement of space reflects and reinforces gender, Ethnicity, and class relations in society. However, teachers and designers in the field have been utterly insensitive to gender. Only after the...
Women and UN-HABITAT: A History
"Over my dead body" scribbled a senior official of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the forwarding note when he received a document in 1976 suggesting that the environmental concerns and conditions of women receive attention from his agency....
Women at a Disadvantage: Pollution in Quito, Ecuador
A grandmother in Quito, Ecuador, who is a full-time caregiver to her grandchildren, believes that air pollution affects women much more than men. According to her, "The women of this neighbourhood are very much affected by air pollution. It is they who...
Women at the Crossroads with Transportation, the Environment and the Economy: Experiences and Challenges in Germany
It started with Women's "Initiatives" (ed.: citizens' petitions) in Germany. "Women In Motion" was the name of a national network of women involved in transportation "initiatives," transportation policy, planning, research, administration, related organizations,...
Women in Co-Housing Communities
Exploring a long-standing fascination with alternative communities, ranging from early Owenite communities to counter cultural communes of the 1960s, I discovered a lack of women's voices in the accounts and histories of utopian communities, and a romanticised...