Notes from last weeks class

February 25, 2010
By Maya_Sariahmed

On another note, I wanted to just post the notes I had presented last week about relating women’s justice to climate change, and issues of war that the IHL handles.

To start, in response to George, to frame:

George’s post on Early Warning Initiatives:

“I am also interested in hearing about the RC’s future plans for disaster warning/training programs, such as the early warning/early action game…the challenge of figuring out how we can not only help communicate early warnings to populations at risk, but to motivate people to actively participate in shaping plans of action in disaster situations is a very interesting problem to me.”

{Sustained mitigation efforts, sustained adaptation requires a larger change in cultural norms}

Pablo Suarez, back in October, touched on the unbalanced dynamics between how much women were heard during community pow-wows on adaptation strategies. He briefly touched upon the fact that women are not being given enough voice on the local level, considering how much more intimate their knowledge of the land must be (women do the farming, women are producing the food). Traditional ideas of women’s domestic roles play into the limitations of how they’re being asked to participate in their communities. This is a global problem. So many women are not being asked to
“actively participate in shaping plans of action in disaster situations” and are often unmotivated actors because of the colossal responsibilities they have to take on in supporting their families. They’re definitely our largest underestimated resource.

{How could this tie into issues the IHL handles?}

Climate change >>> increased migration >>> conflict over resources >>> civil unrest >>> more abuse of women//rape as a war mechanism >> more depleted, defeated women = more depleted environment

I don’t have very clear ideas on how this concept could be tied into a project with the IHL. I want to do a campaign, and have started doing that in my own thesis, but I also really want to respond to a tangible need that the IHL has, and maybe this is relevant to that, maybe not. I hope we get to talk more about international engagement, and the challenges of that in class.


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