Connection between women and environmental sustainability

Girls’ Globe has as its mission to raise awareness and educate others about global issues concerning the rights, health, and empowerment of women and girls.

For them the answer to what exactly is the connection between women and environmental sustainability is quite simple, but maybe not so obvious.

Women give birth to children, the world’s population is growing rapidly and the human race is fast leading to potentially devastating environmental consequences. The connection between women and environmental sustainability lies in the fact that if we’re overpopulating our planet and women are having more children than they are prepared for, these factors will have serious long-term environmental impact. The good news is that the situation can be remedied in large part by education, access to birth control and the empowerment of women to make their own family planning choices.

The Swedish non-profit organization does find that all women and girls should be free to live to their full potential, free from all forms of violence and discrimination. All women and girls should have access to their human rights, including access to health, education and justice.

Often the right to decide over their own body is not given to the women.

Women don’t just raise, educate and teach habits to children; they raise, educate and teach habits to the next generation who will inherit and be responsible for this planet. As Suzanne Ehlers from Population Action International said at the Post-2015 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals, and FP2020 meeting, hosted by the Wilson Center Environmental Change and Security Program, Center for Environment and Population (CEP), the Sierra Club Global Population and Environment Program and the Aspen Institute’s Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, climate justice frameworks will not work without women.

English: Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron at t...

Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1996, Nora Ephron, known for her wit, humour and candor regarding womanhood, gave a commencement speech to the Wellesly graduating class which emphasized the importance women have in defining not only their own lives, but those of the girls following behind them.

Don’t underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back. One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don’t take it personally, but listen hard to what’s going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally. Understand: every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you. Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: get back, get back to where you once belonged. When Elizabeth Dole pretends that she isn’t serious about her career, that is an attack on you. The acquittal of O.J. Simpson is an attack on you. Any move to limit abortion rights is an attack on you — whether or not you believe in abortion. The fact that Clarence Thomas is sitting on the Supreme Court today is an attack on you.

According to the Girl’s Globe Ephron’s ability to admit the obstacles we still face is both refreshing and intimidating.

The idea that we have not yet achieved quality, after so much time and effort, is an uncomfortable one, especially when it is possible to trick ourselves into the illusion of equality through the progress some countries have made.

Girls’ Globe supports and will continually promote the equal rights of all human beings, as listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Girls’ Globe is also a strong supporter of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Gendercide is still commonplace, rape victims are still blamed for their assaults, young girls are still denied an education and sexual slavery is increasing, not decreasing, we still have a very long way to go to have the women placed on equal lines with men.

File:Gender equality.pngGirls’ Globe would like to see that women will be educated on sustainable alternatives to current environmentally unfriendly practices and provide an alternative and educate and empower women on family planning so they can educate their communities and become empowered in their everyday lives.

Environmental sustainability must be framed from a justice and rights-based approach backed up with accountability that has teeth. Health, including reproductive health and environmental health, must be considered basic human rights for all, including women and the future generations.


The panel from the Women Delivering Development Meeting from left to right: Sean Peoples, documentary director; Kim Lovell, Sierra club Global Population and Environment Program; Mary Mavanza, Jane Goodall Institute; Suzanne Ehlers, FP2020 and Population Action International; D. Carmen Barroso, International Planned Parenthood Federation; and moderator Vicy Markham of the Center for Environment and Population.


Please do find:

Women Delivering Development: Reproductive Health, Environment and the Post-2015 Agenda

Gender equality and women’s rights in the post-2015 agenda


Women’s Equality Day – celebrating women’s rig...

Women’s Equality Day – celebrating women’s right to vote (Photo credit: Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office)


  • Post 2015 Agenda on Sustainable Development UN Agenda To Address Asia-Pacific Problems – OpEd (
    The UN Post 2015 Agenda on Sustainable Development will include important points raised by civil societies of Asia and Pacific region. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) assured to include some important suggestions in the new agenda to address major issues of the region. The approach of to the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal must create a constructive path to addressing environmental justice and civil societies emphasize it.
    Civil societies urges UN to support common but different responsibilities and development justice by giving communities a say in determining their own development paths and priorities; supporting the increased consumption of poor people in the direction of addressing their needs for food, health and housing.; creating better understanding of economic activities to realize social equity and greater regulation of the social economy and not relying on market-based solutions in reorienting the economy and changing the behaviour and lifestyles of the public and thrusts on lobbying on governments and multilateral bodies so that economic development policies made at the national and international levels are oriented towards development justice.
  • Gender equality and women’s rights in the post-2015 agenda: A foundation for sustainable development (
    The OECD has recently released a new paper on gender equality and the post-2015 agenda, entitled “Gender equality and women’s rights in the post-2015 agenda: A foundation for sustainable development”. Read summary points in:Gender equality and women’s rights in the post-2015 agenda
  • Education Is A Basic Human Right (
    According to the UN, education is a right, like the right to have proper food or a roof over your head. Article 26 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to education”. Education is not only a right but a passport to human development. It opens doors and expands opportunities and freedoms. It contributes to fostering peace, democracy and economic growth as well as improving health and reducing poverty. To this end, the United Nations began an initiative to make the universal right to education more of a global reality. Coined Education for All (EFA), the ultimate goal of the program is sustainable development.
  • Oh, the Humanity: Is the Threat of Overpopulation Still a Big Deal? (
    Ever since Thomas Malthus published “An Essay on the Principle of Population” in 1798, positing incorrectly that humans’ proclivity for procreation would exhaust the global food supply within a matter of decades, population growth has been a hot button issue among those contemplating humankind’s future. Indeed our very success going forth and multiplying, paired with our ability to extend our life expectancy, has meant that we are perpetually pushing the limits of the resource base that supports us.
    population numbers are still growing in many of the world’s developing countries, including the world’s most populous nation, China, and its close rival, India. Also fertility rates in Africa continue to be among the highest in the world, as many countries there are growing fast, too. Poverty and health problems due to poor sanitation, lack of access to food and water, the low social status of women and other ills continue to cripple these regions. Overpopulation could plague us indefinitely if fertility rates don’t drop in these areas, especially as they ramp up their Western-style development.

    Globally, the United Nations estimates that the number of humans populating the planet in 2100 will range from as few as 6.2 billion—almost a billion less than today—to as many as 15.8 billion on the high end. Meanwhile, other researchers confirm the likelihood of world population levels flattening out and starting to decline by 2100 according to the lower UN estimate.

  • Radical Life Extension Won’t Cause Resource Shortages (
    That overpopulation exists at all is one of the most prevalent delusions in the modern world: thanks to the environmentalist movement, a cause that has ascended near to the status of civic religion, the average fellow in the street thinks that there are too many people alive today, that resources are stretched to breaking point, that the future is one of Malthusian decline, and that horrible poverty in the third world is caused by the existence of too many people. All of these points are flat-out wrong. Humanity is wealthier and has greater access to resources today than at any time in history, the variety and amounts of available resources are growing at an accelerating pace due to technological progress, the earth could support many times more people than are alive today, and where there is poverty it exists due to terrible, predatory governance and the inhumanity of man – it exists due to waste and aggression amidst the potential for plenty.

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