pp. 352 in Bioethics in Asia

Editors: Norio Fujiki and Darryl R. J. Macer, Ph.D.
Eubios Ethics Institute

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P5. Women and Environment

Dua Kamal Kumar.

Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, India

Women are society's most important resource managers. In some countries, they perform 80% of the work in running the household, in supplying such essentials as water and firewood, and in farming. Unfortunately, women have not received proper recognition due to lack of status in society, education, land property rights etc.. Traditionally, they have been by-passed when training, technology and access to technical assistance were being passed around. Further, environmental degradation has made their task even heavier. Deforestation has made them have to walk even further, lack of access to safe water has sickened their children and desertification has taken their cropland. The latter has led to the migration of the bread winner to other areas for employment, thus putting added burden on the women. Environmental problems are social problems. The time a woman spends dealing with the ramifications of environmental decline include searching for food, collecting drinking water, helping her children to grow and earning money.

Thus there is a need to improve the social environment of women. This is only possible by providing education to women , low cost technology for maintaining their house-related work and decision making power within community. The problems of women require attention and a solution has to be passed back on to women themselves. The reason is simple, women hold the key to a sustainable environment and development.


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