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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 (eurasiareview.com)
    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.
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    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 (post2015.org)
    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 (affordableschoolsonline.com)
    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? (scientificamerican.com)
    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.
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    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 (fightaging.org)
    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.

European Parliament stands for human dignity

From the European Dignity Watch, a non-governmental and non-profit organization based in Europe’s capital Brussels.

The European Dignity Watch Network is composed of national and international non-governmental organisations, opinion makers, experts and interested individuals who work on safeguarding an environment in which the human person can flourish.

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Belgium, Bruxelles – Brussel, European Parliament. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday 22 October, the EU-Parliament voted on a Report on Sexual  and Reproductive Health and Rights claiming a fundamental right to abortion that aims at politically neutralize the European Citizen Initiative “One of Us“. The resolution also calls for an improvement of State regulation to limit the exercise of the freedom of religions, conscience and conscientious objection.

It calls for an EU wide compulsory sex education in primary schools “provided in a taboo-free interactive atmosphere between students and educators” and must convey a positive image of homosexuality. The 40-pages resolution reads like a manual on how to restrict fundamental freedoms in Europe. MEPs must vote therefore to adopt the Motion for an Alternative Resolution.

As reaction to the popular success of the European Citizen Initiative “One of Us” on the implementation of EU case law C-34/10 – stating that the human being starts with conception and that the human embryo represents a precise stage of development of the human body, its human dignity is protected by the relevant legal instruments -, the EU-Parliament voted, Tuesday 22 October, in Strasbourg one week before the deadline of “One of Us”, one of the most successful citizen campaigns in recent European history, on a resolution promoting free and safe abortion for all (Estrela report A7-0306/2013).

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In a loud and lively debate that is not often seen in this intensity at the European Parliament, a majority of MEPs voted for a referral back to committee of the highly controversial Estrela report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. European Dignity Watch reported.

After the voting was complete, 351 MEPs voted to send the pro-abortion bill back to committee while 319 voted against the move to zap the legislation.

Reproductive Health Ribbon

Reproductive Health Ribbon (Photo credit: Jason Licerio)

Although an alternative resolution, which sought to promote a dignified vision of maternal health, protect freedom of conscience and healthy sexual education for children, was not adopted, it is called a great victory that the report has not been adopted and Pro-lifers in the European Parliament scored a major victory.

A referral back to committee will give time to investigate further the numerous problematic points of this report, especially the fact that it was co-written by the commercial abortion organisation International Planned Parenthood Federation in Brussels.

In the weeks leading up to the vote today, there has been growing awareness among MEPs of the deep problems related to an understanding of sexual and reproductive health that puts hypersexualisation of children from the earliest age on, a ‘right to abortion’ for all and a severe limitation of freedom of conscience at its centre.

Tuesday, Parliament has sent a clear signal that this radical approach is not shared by the majority.

“We are very happy that not only Parliament came to its senses today with regards to sexual and reprductive health, but also that the voice of 1.4 Million citizens who signed the European Citizen Initiative “One of Us” for a greater protection of human dignity are heard and represented in today’s decision”, says executive director of European Dignity Watch, Sophia Kuby.

S&D Euro MP Edite Estrela (Portugal), who drafted the resolution, said after the vote that Conservative MEPs wanted to “set women’s rights back 30 years”.

“I deeply regret the decision taken today. On several occasions, this Parliament has recognised the right for everyone to make their own informed and responsible choices on their sexual and reproductive life,” she said.

“The draft resolution was approved by the women’s committee with a strong majority of 17 votes in favour, 7 abstentions and 7 against. By not respecting the outcome of the vote in parliamentary committee, the conservatives want to set women’s rights back 30 years.”

Pavan Dhaliwal, BHA Head of Public Affairs, commented

‘This is an excellent report which aims to ensure that young people across Europe are entitled to decent and age-appropriate SRE, that women can access safe and legal abortion services, and which pushes to strengthen LGBTI rights. Unfortunately, its progress has been stalled by yesterday’s vote because socially conservative religious groups have been frantically lobbying MEPs to reject it. These socially conservative groups wish to deny women, LGBTI people, and young people in general their right to access sexual and reproductive health services, and their right to decent Sex and Relationships Education. They are trying to hold back the advances in human rights and personal freedoms which have taken place in Europe over the past few decades, and they are fighting a losing battle.’

Roger Kiska with the Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF said earlier:

“The European Parliament’s proposed resolution is an affront to national sovereignty, a breach of their duty to the citizens of the European Union and worst of all an unsolicited attack on innocent human life.

The notion that abortion on demand could be declared a human right flies in the face of the facts. In reality, it is a “clear” violation of real human rights.

Pro-life and pro-family organizations are on the rise, but pro-abortion forces are still strong within government institutions and the European Parliament.

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Find also:

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality – Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&mode=XML&reference=A7-2013-306&language=EN

MEPs who voted for and against sending the Report back to the Committee: http://www.lgbt-ep.eu/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/RCV-Vote-on-referral-back-to-FEMM.pdf

Read more about the BHA’s campaigns work on PSHE and Sex and Relationships Education: http://humanism.org.uk/campaigns/schools-and-education/school-curriculum/pshe-and-sex-and-relationships-education/

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  • Vote to elevate abortion to ‘human right’ (wnd.com)
    Despite escalating political opposition and the lack of legal jurisdiction, the full European Parliament is set to vote on a resolution declaring abortion and mandatory sexual education for children to be “human rights,” while launching an undisguised attack on the conscientious-objection rights of medical professionals.The deeply controversial “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” measure, backed by powerful Socialist Party forces and Planned Parenthood, has already been approved in committee.

    However, critics of the resolution are attacking it on multiple fronts – legal, ethical, human rights centered, pragmatic and more – and opposition is growing fast as pro-life and pro-family forces rally against it.

  • Religious lobby groups block report on sexual and reproductive rights in European Parliament (humanism.org.uk)
    The Report calls for universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout Europe. It covers issues such as abortion rights, LGBTI rights and young people’s entitlement to decent SRE. It calls for access to safe and legal abortion services, comprehensive education on sexuality, teaching about negative LGBTI stereotypes and teaching on the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections. It also recommends against the mandatory sterilisation of transgender persons, calls for universal access to medically assisted procreation for single women and lesbian couples, and calls for the right to access non-discriminatory information about sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • EU Measure Seeks to Declare Abortion a ‘Human Right’ (cnsnews.com)
    Even in countries where abortion is legal, the report states, it is often made unavailable “through the abuse of conscientious objection or overly restrictive interpretations of existing limits.”  Other obstacles include “medically unnecessary waiting periods or biased counseling.”(Some E.U. countries have compulsory waiting period of up to seven days and pre-abortion counseling, either for all women or in some cases for adolescents only.)

    The measure would therefore require member states to “regulate and monitor the use of conscientious objection so as to ensure that reproductive health care is guaranteed as an individual’s right, while access to lawful services is ensured and appropriate and affordable referrals systems are in place.”

  • Tories vote with BNP to ‘set womens’ rights back 30 years’ (leftfootforward.org)
    Tory MEPs have voted with the BNP in the European Parliament against a resolution supporting womens’ sexual and reproductive health after caving in to pressure from ‘pro-life’ activists.Tory mepsFour Tory MEPs yesterday voted against a report which called for a rights-based approach to access to sexual and reproductive healthcare that is free from discrimination, despite the fact that even UKIP MEPs backed it.
  • Pro-lifers score victory in European Parliament (catholicherald.co.uk)
    The report exposed data on adolescent birth rates and on unwanted pregnancies showing that in many countries where abortion is not permitted women are obliged to “travel to other MS to have an abortion”, so, she said, “it is evident that the ban on abortion does not encourage decreasing its rate”.Moreover, MsEstrela stated that the focus on family policies to face the demographic crisis is spreading the idea that permitting abortion would be a factor of population decrease whereas a ban on it would increase births. The report said “the birth rate in Europe would certainly be more efficiently supported by the improvement of the possibilities for mothers and fathers to better balance their private and professional lives”.
  • Ep May Declare Abortion a ‘Human Right’ in Vote on Tuesday | Tmi (andrewazzopardi.org)
    Critics see the move as an attempt to dictate abortion policy to individual European Union governments, despite an acknowledgement by leading EU institutions that there is no consensus on the matter across the EU’s 28 member-states.The EP’s committee passed the controversial draft report last month on women’s rights and gender equality.

    Twenty EU member states legally permit abortion on demand, while six others have limitations that are either interpreted broadly (Britain, Finland, Cyprus) or restrictively (Ireland, Poland, Luxembourg).

    Malta prohibits all abortions.

    Even in countries where abortion is legal, the report states, it is often made unavailable “through the abuse of conscientious objection or overly restrictive interpretations of existing limits”. Other obstacles include “medically unnecessary waiting periods or biased counselling”. Some EU countries have compulsory waiting period of up to seven days and pre-abortion counselling, either for all women or in some cases for adolescents only.

  • European Parliament Votes Against Making Abortion a Human Right (freebeacon.com)
    Conscientious objections by doctors and existing legal limits on abortion were singled out by the report as reasons for forcing EU member states to guarantee abortion as an individual’s right.
  • European Parliament rejects resolution declaring abortion a fundamental ‘human right’ (aconservativeedge.wordpress.com)
    Pro-life lobbyists at the European Union are declaring a victory after the European Parliament rejected a resolution that would have declared abortion to be a ‘human right,’ and demanded that all EU countries legalize the practices.
  • Vote to elevate abortion to ‘Human Right’ (webporter.wordpress.com)
    Despite escalating political opposition and the lack of legal jurisdiction, the full European Parliament is set to vote on a resolution declaring abortion and mandatory sexual education for children to be “human rights,” while launching an undisguised attack on the conscientious-objection rights of medical professionals.The deeply controversial “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” measure, backed by powerful Socialist Party forces and Planned Parenthood, has already been approved in committee.

    However, critics of the resolution are attacking it on multiple fronts – legal, ethical, human rights centered, pragmatic and more – and opposition is growing fast as pro-life and pro-family forces rally against it.