Woman fights back with civil disobedience against logging, new policies needed
This case of civil disobedience demonstrates the desperation of many women confronted with the possibility of losing access to their forest resources:
Sources:Center for Democracy and Development, July 2010 pg. 3-4:
The Double Damage: Gender and Deforestation in West Africa
http://www.unilorin.edu.ng/publications/ogunlade/pakistan%20journal.pdf http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN06339904 Http://laazotenegra.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/top-3-myths-about-women-climate-change-its-a-great
Women’s Rights Laws Sometimes Ignored, Rejected by Citizenry in Africa
Mali’s president, Amadou Toure, introduced landmark laws protecting women’s rights of inheritance in August of last year. However, according to a West African Insight: Women and Gender Issues in West Africa (WAI), it faced popular opposition.
“[The law was] instalantly rejected by angry leaders of Muslim associations who called the new family code the ‘handiwork of the devil and anti-Islam.’ The law was eventually withdrawn, according to the president, ‘to ensure calm and a peaceful society—and for the sake of national unity.” In this particular case, “
Sources:West African Insight: Women and Gender Issues in West Africa page 2:
Organic Rice Farming in Thailand as a Method to Escape Debt Entrapment
IFTF writes that in the face of an intensifying debt cycle, many rice farmers are moving toward organic agriculture away from the industrial methods of rice production that depend on hybrid seeds, fertilizer, agricultural machinery, and other high production costs. These high production costs often leave razor thin margins for farmers, compelling them to borrow for the next season, creating a debt cycle that squeezes farmers even while rice production in Thailand as a whole improves.
Sources:Strategic Foresight Group, Dec 2010, page 18:
‘The real life of Thai rice farmers who produce to feed the world.’ Thailandreform.net. 23 August, 2010: http://www.thailandreform.net/data/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=77:thereal-