Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Women and Environment



Popular women role models:

Who are the women role models today?

The so-called women of substance?

Most of the women role-models held up as icons are either in the glamour of business or come from upper middle class families or privileged backgrounds.

The media is portraying a distorted picture of today’s women, especially through advertisements. There are innumerable women who outstandingly expose their prowess in the social life in different planes are not focused upon or deliberately bogged down.

The role models who are portrayed in the media give a picture of how a women should live or adopt life. The life style of women portrayed by media is the way of life useful for business world. This way is strongly recommended by way of comodification of women’s body.

More comodification of women’s body takes place, the more the common women become voiceless with an insignificant number of privileged women pretending to live a creamy life in the opposite side. A handful of such women get much today what they take for granted. Still there are many who do not have such luck. They are the real carers of the social life…..they are in the other side…..

Women’s role in the other side:

In the other side, in the developing world……women are the major producers. They participate in activities like farming, fishing, selling the produce and are also responsible for domestic tasks like cooking, gathering wood for fuel and fodder for cattle, nurturing and caring for children and the elderly members.

Women interact with the environment to meet the daily substance needs and are, therefore, most affected when their immediate environment is altered. In a typical agrarian economy like one in India any form of environmental degradation has direct impact on the lives of women and undermines their right-to-live.

Women’s role in production of the economic world and reproduction of life sources is understandable only in "the new insight provided by rural women in the Third World that woman and Nature are associated not in passivity but in creativity and the maintenance of life" (Annabal Rodda in Women and Environment ).

Environmental degradation and women becoming refugee:

Depletion of environmental degradation and natural resources have a direct bearing on the time and energies of women. With depleting resources they have to trek longer distances for fuel wood, fodder and water collection. A large proportion of girls happen to discontinue their studies in order to help their mothers in the collection process or in the domestic work.

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