Check out the Week of Action Kit, which contains easy online ways to take action, including sample posts and more.
Take part in any of the Suggested Actions and share with the hashtag #landbodydefense. We’ve made it easy for you — some take no more than a few minutes. (For example, you can take a photo of your hand touching the earth and share it on social media with hashtag #landbodydefense and link to landbodydefense.org.) Demand an end to environmental violence.
Encourage others to do the same. Email or tag others you know will want to participate. Tag your local policymakers if possible. Spread the action!
We are grateful for the time, insights and trust of the women and young people who offered their voices, experiences, and knowledge to ensure that this work reflects the reality of what is happening on the ground.
Thank you for standing with impacted communities as together we shed light on environmental violence.
The links between land and body have never been more apparent than in recent years, with extractive industries drilling, mining and fracking lands on or near traditional Indigenous territories, providing economic benefits to transnational corporations and national economies at a cost impacted communities are still grappling to understand. A cost most deeply felt by Indigenous women and young people.
This is why WEA and Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) have partnered together to explore this critical intersection and ways to support the leadership of young Indigenous women who are resisting environmental violence in their communities.
To learn more about this work, please visit our website.
This beautiful piece was done by WEA Intern, Katie Douglas.
From the artist: Each day that I spend interning at WEA teaches me more on the intersectionality that binds women’s rights, indigenous communities, and the environment. While the natural symmetry of these three elements is beautiful, the reality of their existence in our world is often one of destruction and injustice. As the greed of industry spreads, it is impossible not to see the direct correlation between detrimental environmental practices and their impacts on women with regard to health, culture, and actions of violence. From this, I was inspired to create an image that could begin to express humanity’s violation of the Earth as a parallel to humanity’s violation of the women’s bodies.
The open copper pit mine of the her belly shows that humanity is not only extracting Earth’s resources, but also that by plundering straight from her womb we are destroying any chance of future life. An oil well symbolizes the pollution that degrades the environment of so many native communities, while the flag is a symbol of the widespread domination of the Earth, indigenous peoples and women. Deforestation and waste are represented by the stump and can, and placed on her breasts to show our extreme dependence on these non-renewable resources. Despite the bleak outlook of the image, the ball of light in her hand represents my feeling of hope. Because if WEA has taught me anything, it is to trust to in the immense and impenetrable power that women hold in our hands to change this world for the better.
Everything that impacts the land in turn impacts our bodies.
Stay tuned and get in touch to learn more about this initiative, how it aims to address the impacts of extractive industries on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of Indigenous communities, how you can get involved or share your knowledge, or other ways you can support.