Women around the world stand at the forefront of rising movements to defend and protect the health of water, land, air and diverse communities. On this International Women’s Day, it is vital to honor the women defenders who, with incredible courage and effort, are taking on corporations and governments to say ‘no’ to resource extraction and the continued violation of human rights, women’s rights, and the rights of Indigenous peoples and frontline communities.
In the US, how do we define the rights of all the women who have effectively been locked into poverty? The UN's UDHR list the most basic human rights as food/water, shelter, and medical care. Americans disagree, and ended actual welfare aid some 20 years ago. Further, in violation of international human rights laws, we gave our social services agencies the right to "take indefinite custody" of children whose parents become jobless and pushed into deep poverty. In numerous respects (poverty, our prison system, etc.) we remain far behind the more advanced nations when it comes to human rights.