Women Who Build the Future: Vandana Shiva

TRANSCEND VIDEOS, 15 Mar 2021

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8 Mar 2021 – We open the series “Women who Build the Future: Towards a Nonviolent Culture“, with Vandana Shiva‘s interview.

This is the first of a number of interviews with women from all continents who are committed to life. A project that has led us to a collective process that is allowing us to grow as individuals and as a whole.

The renowned physicist, thinker and activist Vandana Shiva proposes ecofeminism as a response to the current moment, in which the capitalist patriarchy is leading us to destruction and death, after having colonized nature, women and the future.

What do all the causes she defends have in common? She confesses, “Everything comes out of me, like the love of life and freedom, whether it is the defense of seeds or being with my peasant sisters defending the land… [everything I do] has to do with the defense of life and freedom, from a place of love and resistance also in the face of the lack of freedom.

Dr. Shiva proposes to take advantage of the ten-year window we still have to decolonize ourselves and change the direction we are taking, relying on feminist movements and young environmental defenders, thus saving the planet and, therefore, humanity and life.

Don’t miss the strength of her expression and listen to the words of a woman who is convinced and convincing about the fight for the future and life. Enjoy it!

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TRANSCEND Member Prof. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecofeminist, philosopher, activist, and author of more than 20 books and 500 papers. She is the founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, and has campaigned for biodiversity, conservation and farmers’ rights, winning the Right Livelihood Award [Alternative Nobel Prize] in 1993. She is executive director of the Navdanya Trust.


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3 Responses to “Women Who Build the Future: Vandana Shiva”

  1. Angelica says:

    Generally speaking, this is a great effort. But I just want to add that some feminist scholars have a critical view (e.g. that it is biologist) on the term ecofeminism, e.g. at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/714000513 .

  2. 1. “At the present stage of the history, civilization is almost exclusively masculine, a civilization of power in which women have been thrust aside in the shade. Therefore it has lost its balance and it is moving by hoping from war to war. Its motive forces are the forces of destruction and its ceremonies are carried through by an appalling number of human sacrifices. This one-sided civilization is crashing along a series of catastrophe at a tremendous speed because of its one-sidedness.” – Rabindranath Tagore

    Role of Women for Nonviolence through Peace Education
    By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D. – Transcend Media Service
    https://www.transcend.org/tms/2015/03/role-of-women-for-nonviolence-through-peace-education/

    2. Universal Peace Education: The Mother of Justice, and Grand Mother of Peace: Yet to be Born

    The Mother of Peace Yet to Be Born
    By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D. – TRANSCEND Media Service
    https://www.transcend.org/tms/2014/09/on-the-eve-of-un-international-day-of-peace-the-mother-of-peace-yet-to-be-born

    3. Earth, air, water, fire and space, which are scattered form in the universe, are in consolidated form in man (humans). Hence man (humans) is a miniature universe. Therefore, to protect universe (environment) is to protect man (humans) – man and woman both without any discrimination.

    Education for Environment and Peace
    (Brief)
    By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D. – TRANSCEND Media Service
    Presidential Address at the Euro-Asian Congress, Giresun, Turkey on 2 August 1997
    Published (April 1998) by Lund University, Malmo, Sweden
    Distributed by U. S. Department of Education (ERIC)
    Available in National Library of Australia to borrow
    https://www.transcend.org/tms/2015/11/edcation-for-environment-and-peace/

    4. If people do not eat by proxy, drink by proxy and marry by proxy, then why they should be ruled by proxy, they must be masters in the houses of their respective nation-states with regard to good governance, till they are not truly educated in man-making universal peace education, their elected representatives in proxy governments must serve them whole-heartedly in their development, not to rule them as their masters, and they should also be trained in man-making universal peace education to provide better governance.

    Peace Education for Genuine Democracy, Good Governance and Nonviolence
    By Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D., Transcend Media Service
    https://www.transcend.org/tms/2014/04/peace-education-for-genuine-democracy-good-governance-and-nonviolence/

    5. UCN-NEWS
    PEACE EDUCATION
    By Prof. Surya Nath Prasad
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS10fxIuvik

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