Money part 2: Women's economic empowerment
economy: the process or system by which goods and services are produced, sold, and bought in a country or region
: careful use of money, resources, etc.
: something that makes it possible for you to spend less money
Where does my work belong?
Remembering the times of powerlessness that I have felt in my lifetime, I recognize that most of my suffering has been economic.
Not only has poverty made me feel trapped in lifestyles that weren't my choice, but poverty itself has exposed me to much violence; the worst and longest lasting was the internal violence when I've turned on myself and questioned my worth.
Feeling worthless leaves women vulnerable to predatory relationships, leading to gender abuse, in the home, and at work.
Establishing womens roles in the economy beyond what they are today, would require a radical shift in the economy itself. This is because women are generally invested in the next generation and in the social mechanisms around her that make living easier. Forcing a woman to work in industries that degrade livable environmental conditions for her family and community is a slow, torturous type of violence that is difficult to address.
We -mainstream western society - are only now waking up to our collective dependence upon the earth and its life-sustaining systems, and a big part of the wake-up call is the utter desperation and devastation of women and children experiencing environmental violence.
At the very root of violence against women is how we value women and the work of women
in our families and communities.