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.