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Workshop begins on "Backing #Women and #Girls to Lead in #SustainableAgriculture" #ClimateWeekNYC
There were people, particularly women and girls, on this land for 1000s of years. Some are still here, and we thank them for the caring of the land that they have done.
We are glad to have participants from @CAREGlobal, @nature_org, @girlscouts, US State Dept office of Global Food Security, and so many from around the world working on #UNSDGs
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts Our workshop is about backing leadership of women and girls, and applying tools of listening and caring to bring this about.
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts Women’s voices & leadership are key in the fight for #climatejustice and creating a sustainable
economic system that is free of all forms of oppression. #ClimateWeekNYC #UNSDGs @ProjectDrawdown
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown As #women, we do a lot of listening, but part of what doesn't happen is us getting listened to. Here, we take turns so each woman is listened to with respect and care.
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown What's it like to be listened to with respect and care?

"An opportunity to get my thoughts out there. I could talk about an area that's a new focus for me"
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown In the Global South, women farm and produce 60-80% of the food. Yet they don't have access to resources that would enable them to be more productive. #ClimateJusticeNow #UNSDGs #ClimateWeekNYC
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown When women are in positions of leadership, with power to make decisions, the health & wellbeing of everyone in their communities goes up.
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown So let's think about the oppressions here, systemic and pervasive, built into laws and culture throughout the world.

They have an emotional & physical cost, especially on young women as they grow up.

But not permanent, if we are given the chance to heal, to talk and listen
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown Having women be central to everything, able to fully use their brilliant minds & their native intelligence, is necessary to take on the #ClimateEmergency
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown Another listening pair: "What do love about being a woman or girl? What's one thing that was/is hard for you?"
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown Panelists sharing their stories.

Climate crisis is present in the lives of Iranians right now. Catastrophic droughts, extreme heat, floods affecting food security. Land is no longer producing as well.
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown In village after village, women & girls having to abandon the land their families have farmed for centuries. Migration leads to decreased schooling, forced into prostitution and underpaid factory work.
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown Now I'm a policymaker. I'm pulled to disconnect from my feelings. And confronting male domination daily as men dismiss my views.

I need a support group and safe place to share these difficult feelings and get free from the hurts.
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown Another story. It's odd how women are being blamed somehow for the climate crisis -- for instance, reproductive choices in response to climate change.

Sexism is so dominant in conversations, we can fall into destructive myths, find it hard to trust our thinking
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown I work with women and girls as a counselor. I do a lot of listening about how much sexism affects them, see how much they need models of strong women who believe in women and girls.
@CAREGlobal @nature_org @girlscouts @ProjectDrawdown That's all for this workshop. Thanks for following, and please check out many more @SustainAllLife events #ClimateWeekNYC to come sustainingalllife.org/nycs2019
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