From various hashtags (metoo and AintNoCinderella), to fighting for the rights of Earth to be honoured, to enduring the spoken words of a certain leader and fighting for our own rights, which I am having to do personally right now with regards to my home, women are rising. We will be silent no more.
In a way, I admit that I write this as a threat, because I am tired of living my life feeling threatened by patriarchy, the guiding words of a misogynist Christian text where women are silenced and told to be so, the destructive nature of technology on women’s health, and the prevalence of a “don’t care” attitude. More and more people feel the right to take everything they want, even if it depletes the soil or they can get it cheap as a result of “direct or indirect benefits from women’s (and children’s) impoverishment” (Gender and Global Justice, edited by Alison M. Jaggar, Polity Press, 2014).
Christopher Page helps me to word next steps:
The rage you feel … is understandable and is an essential part of the process of change…. Please do not ever feel you need to stifle your feelings in order to conform to my wishes.
But, I am not sure in the long term, that anger is our best way forward.
… Anger risks pushing us into a defensive corner. Anger fails to see how broken and confused we are. What we need most is not to become the objects of your fury. What we need is your strength. We need to find ways to fix this together.
I was inspired and felt supported by these words written by WECAN:
With every passing day – the impacts of the climate crisis and intertwined social injustices become more acute – from fires, floods and hurricanes; to accelerating biodiversity loss, and cultural and rights violations. However, as the oceans and temperatures rise, so do the women of the world.
With your support, and the solidarity and partnership of many global allies – the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network continues to deepen our response to these critical issues – as we engage and take action in the streets; online with our global community; in the corporate, financial and political halls we seek to transform; and everyday in the hearts and on the lands of our communities.
My great-great grandchildren ask me in dreams:
What did you do once you knew?
~ Drew Dellinger (from Hieroglyphic Stairway)
I am more,
You are more,
We are more.
As the sky falls
As the waters rise
As Earth beats her chest
And the ground we have known
Changes shape forever
~ Clare Dubois, Founder of TreeSisters