Women Enabling & Leading Eco Practices
Women and sustainability are intricately linked. "Environmental degradation and climate change have disproportionate impacts on women and children" with almost a third of women’s global employment in agriculture, including forestry and fishing (UN Women). Many studies including a recent 2018 study find the crucial role of women in desirable sustainable development outcomes in light of effective foreign aid but also new findings emerge on the likelihood of women being more effective corporate sustainability leaders.
The education arm of Center for Sustainable Development at The Earth Institute, Columbia University, has the pleasure of working with women who are leading eco-friendly practices across India, Rwanda, Ghana, Myanmar and Indonesia, some without realizing the potential scale and impact of their work.
The women artisans learn various technical and vocational skills surrounding their trade that results in products that encourage eco-friendly lifestyles. The processes of production include usage of recycled materials, producing materials that would reduce single-plastic use, as well as sharing information with others in the community.