By: Josephine Chu
A few weekends ago, I attended the Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program Fellowship training in Washington, DC. I was joined by several other youth from across the country who were interested in making the connection between empowering women and sustainable development. I applied for this fellowship as I have become increasingly interested in learning more about gender issues due to the Gender Economics class at American University that I am taking this semester. Through this class, I have been learning more about the importance of incorporating gender when developing macroeconomic policies. Many of our initial readings for the class discussed how much of the work that women do such as cooking, giving birth to and taking care of children, and other household tasks are not accounted for in the formal economy or in the country’s GDP. Yet, women’s role in the care or reproductive sector, while often unacknowledged in formal economic policies, is crucial to the continued development of a country. For without women to give birth and take care of children, there would no future generation and no future economy to talk about.
the other Sierra Club fellows and I at the training, jumping up to save the world 😉