Women Move

women, migration, women refugees, women migrants

Women leav­ing their home coun­tries, flee­ing war, domes­tic and social vio­lence, pover­ty and polit­i­cal, gen­der and reli­gious per­se­cu­tion, find that even their jour­neys are fraught with vio­lence, abuse and exploita­tion. Eighty per­cent of women and girls leav­ing Cen­tral Amer­i­ca for the US are raped or abused. It is such a com­mon occur­rence, they take birth con­trol along to avoid unwant­ed preg­nan­cies. Women in many parts of the world, set­ting out for a new life, are grabbed and caught by elab­o­rate net­works of sex traf­fick­ing, one of the three most lucra­tive illic­it busi­ness­es inter­na­tion­al­ly (the oth­er two are drugs and ille­gal arms deal­ing). Sure­ly safe pas­sage is an impor­tant issue for fem­i­nists.

Women Walk

water shortage, women, water carriers

Every day women around the world spend 200 mil­lion hours col­lect­ing water for their fam­i­lies. While they walk, pri­vate own­er­ship of water, exces­sive use of water for vast mono-cul­tur­al agribusi­ness­es, deforestation/desertification prac­tices, and cli­mate change go unchecked, cre­at­ing and wors­en­ing this sit­u­a­tion. Their paths are not roman­tic, safe or easy. They can walk for hours then trip, fall and lose their days work. Their backs, inter­nal organs break down from the inces­sant, cum­ber­some weights they car­ry, some­times three times/day at all hours. Sure­ly, this is some­thing that must be attend­ed to.

Ghosts of War

anti-war

Every war is fought long after the last phys­i­cal bat­tle. It is the sus­tained bat­tle for a dom­i­nat­ing, rul­ing sto­ry about that war. Why did we go to war? How did we fight? Who were the right­eous and glo­ri­ous? The evil and devi­ous? Who were the vic­tors? What were the costs? War after war, a  repeat­ing pat­tern. In this Unit­ed States, it is a lethal pat­tern pro­pelling us  into accep­tance of the next war — and the next. The ghosts of war ask us to be skep­ti­cal.