Women & Environments International Magazine

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

Articles from No. 88/89, Fall/Winter

35 Years of Women and Environments International
Since 2007, the year that WEI returned to the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University (FES), we have had the opportunity to receive the assistance of a graduate student. Graduate students at FES join a vibrant intellectual community and each...
Alleviating the Double Burden
Women, Malnutrition and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan AfricaIn 2003, Stephen Lewis, then the UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa, traveled to the southern region of the continent to study the intersection of HIV/AIDS and food insecurity. His team was "stunned"...
A Rooftop Gardening Project in Toronto with the about Face Collective
Interview with Natalie Boustead by Erica FranklinThe About Face Collective is a Toronto-based grassroots arts and environmental collective that collaborates and connects with artists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, organizations and community members...
A Word from WEI
This issue of WEI, on the topic of gender and food security deals withthe impact of the food crisis on women, particularly poor ruralwomen, women farmers and workers. The underlying issue iswomen's empowerment as well as economic models that per-petuate...
Beyond BPA We Need to Get Tough on Toxics
Did you breathe a sigh of relief when Canada became the first jurisdiction in the world to declare bisphenol A (commonly known as BPA) toxic in 2010? Or when it banned the chemical in baby bottles, prompting many manufacturers to remove it from their...
Beyond Gender and Food Security
Food SovereigntyA quick internet search shows that images of women farmers are increasingly used in major reports on global food security. This development may not be as promising as it first appears.Despite years of talking, new promises of money, new...
Climate Change, Livelihoods, and Food Security in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan
The transition from a Soviet centrally planned economy to a market oriented economy posed new opportunities but also limitations in Central Asia since the collapse of the Soviet Union at the beginning of 1990s. Post-Soviet land reforms in Uzbekistan...
Editorial
Over the past year, the price of food has sparked popular protests around the world in countries ranging from China, Bolivia, Uganda, and throughout the 'Arab Spring' uprisings, and has been the topic of much debate. With the world's population rising...
Food Leadership for Youth
A Cooking Adventure with Teen Girls at The Stop Community Food CentreTeaching high school girls how to cook in a commercial kitchen requires patience and an ability to handle controlled chaos. During the first few weeks at the Food Leadership for Youth...
Harvesting Hope in Northern Manitoba
Can Participatory Video Help Rebuild Aboriginal Food Sovereignty?The video "Harvesting Hope in Northern Manitoba Communities" explores issues of food sovereignty in Canadian Aboriginal communities. Thompson and Lozecznik report on a participatory video...
Horticulture Helps Palestinian Women Feed Families
Drip irrigation networks and "grey water" treatment units ensure fruit and vegetable production even during water scarcities of the hot summer months.FAOAgriculture plays an important role in the Palestinian economy and household food security in the...
Indonesia's Food Policy and Women's Rights
Recognizing Women's Roles in Food Production, Distribution, Processing, and ConsumptionDespite the implementation of Food Act No.7/1996 in Indonesia fifteen years ago, concerns remain respecting women's food insecurity in regions such as Sumatra, Java,...
Investing in Gender Equality at the Heart of Food Security
FAO24 October 2011, Rome - Gender equality was discussed as a prominent factor of food security at FAO's celebration of World Food Day 2011 and throughout the 37th session of the United Nations Committee on Global Food Security (CFS), held at headquarters...
Price Hikes and the Feminization of Food Insecurity in Bangladesh
Holding her nine-month-old baby in one arm, Salma Khanam braved the chilly morning breeze to buy subsidised rice at the Open Market Sales (OMS) point... She had to wait for more than four hours for her turn. 'I am here for the first time. I dared not...
Rwandan Widows Mobilize for Positive Change
In October 2011, WEI was invited to the Gruber Foundation awards ceremony to recognize the work done by AVEGA Agahozo, an association created by widows of the Rwandan genocide. AVEGA has worked for the last 17 years to attain legal reforms that would...
The Catherine Ferguson Academy - Spirit of Detroit
Despite the many struggles the people of Detroit have faced and continue to face, they are developing solutions. In the 2009 film documentary "Grown in Detroit" Dutch filmmakers, Mascha and Manfred Poppenk describe the city as "blooming from within."...
The Main Course
"Where do ya think you're going?" Grandma asked."Partridge hunting with the boys!" I yell as I fly past her, grabbing my coat, taking the steps two at a time so that I wouldn't get left behind."Ah! Go on den," she waved in disgust, "but I ain't cleaning...
Understanding the Gendered Fields of the Gambia for Food Security Programming
"You, Mother Cassava,You deserve recognition.You are no cash crop,But you deserve recognition.You don't fetch;the All Mighty foreign exchange.But you feedAll your children"- Nigerian poet Flora Nwapa. 1986This poem by Flora Nwapa sets the tone for exploring...
WE Research
"Back then, you'll eat, you'll drink, and you'll be full. There was enough and there were leftovers"Women's Changing Experiences of Urban Food Security in lbadan, Nigeria"Now, [food is] more expensive. As it is expensive now, may God provide money for...
When a Mother's Love Is Not Enough
Nutritional Wellness is Everyone's RightSingle mothers living in poverty are highly susceptible to malnourishment. While they are often doing their best to provide healthy food to their children, the research suggests their options are limited. As a...
World Development Report 2012
Gender Equality and Development - An Opportunity Both Welcome and MissedThat the World Bank has devoted its 2012 flagship publication to the topic of gender equality is a welcome opportunity for widening the intellectual space. However, it is also a...