Why nature is perceived as female? Will this hurt Mother Earth? Who owns life? Are environmental  sustainability issues closely linked to the issues experience by women and mothers? Does the world feel unbalanced  and out of harmony?

The political sphere have played its role in the polarisation between ourselves and others. Inabilities to find solutions to a modern dilemmas, dichotomies stem from a lack of imagination and creative solutions.

Women have their part to play in the process of resolving those issues. The starting point in already formed social and economic relations would be to take  responsibilities for our individual  choises within limited  resources.

In order to take responsibility we must acknowledge the fact that we are directly contributing  to the global problems by being passive participants and aggressive consumers. Especially, consumerism which is rooted in the  patriarchal  capitalism and free market.

The privileges of few affect women who become of a victim of a system which exploits them. This exploitation is also evident in the way we treat our planet in a dominating and instrumental way.

By converging the issues faced by women and ecosystem a new social  theory and political  movement emerged so called ecofeminism.

Ecofeminism  challenges gender relations and economic system. This idea has been already explored in ancient civilisation when Ceres, Roman goddess is seen as a symbol of earth  fertility.

The acknowledgement  of women’s  inherent role in a sustainable  future is not a new phenomenon.
However, we might have lost a touch or never fully understood her importance in fatalitating renewal of life.

In today’s  contemporary  discourse this idea have been backgrounded in favour of short term economic benefits.
The consequences are visible: deforestation, soil erosion, poor air quality, contamination of water. Studies have confirmed that women and children are more vulnerable  to byproduct of market capitalism.

In the developing countries environmental problems such a drought, floods, deforestation  affect people, especially  women. Further, the consequences  of our economic advantages are wars, that displace innocent victims of corruption  and bribery.

Population  dynamics highly depends on women. However, for some reasons, women have not been given full autonomy over their lives and independence of choices over their reproductive rights.
We still see across the globe women being denied  the right for abortion and even criminalised for it. As a result they are suffering  the life long consequences.
We have  seen women in Europe actively protesting against government legislation that denies them their reproductive rights.
Poland is one of many examples where women aren’t  given the choice and as such are denied their liberty and basic human rights.

Along with women becoming primary caregivers, their choices are socially predetermined. As a result it restrics their participation in education  that leads into a secure  and prosperous  employment.  Pay gap strongly demonstrates the familiar  predicament that women are experiencing.

Those social structures put them in a position when they are exposed to violence  by men. This leads to domestic abuse taking place behind close door. In recent years women are  actively trying  to change that and demand stronger legal protection and enforcement  law.
Statistically speaking, even if women are given the support needed to free themselves from subjugation and oppression at hands of men, they still significantly are left with childcare responsibilities.

The question is if we have achieved some progress within that zone, how come it sounds as if this emancipation project has not been  fully fulfilled? The problems lies that we are able now to do more of what we want but we are still excluded from getting what we are entitled to and have rights to.

For instance, there are lots of campaigns  in support of flexible  working. However, the legislations implemented so far don’t seem to go as progressively as modern women's needs.

In words of Heidegger “everyone is other and no one is themselves", we must never underestimate our self assertion and make more conscious decisions to be free from subjugation, oppression, exploitation, and objectification.

Izabela Koper