Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Jennifer Allsopp reports from the 2017 Nobel Women’s Initiative conference.
“we have stood in defense of lands, of waters,
for our sons,
for our daughters
for something bigger than ourselves
– Beginning of the poem ‘For the Mamas on the Frontlines’
Helen Knott is a human rights activist from Prophet River First Nations in Canada. With the words above she welcomed international feminist activists to the second day of the Nobel Women’s Initiative gathering in Dusseldorf, Germany. Throughout the day, indigenous women at the conference reminded the participants from around the world that learning to live in harmony with the land is not just something that accompanies human rights activism, but is co-constituent. How, delegates asked themselves, can we learn from indigenous communities and environmental activists to cultivate democracy in our different spheres?”
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