Food justice, gender equality – these were once new concepts for many of the young people that we have encountered this summer, and I am proud to say that in those short weeks, they’ve been exposed to and adopted a new way of thinking about these issues.
Rebekah Israel was a Summer Fellow with the Raleigh Strong Camps in the summer of 2012. Since then, she has continued to work on issues related to girls’ empowerment, economic justice, and sustainability. In this entry, Rebekah shares with us her recent experiences in South Africa, where she participated in an alternative break trip that focused on gender equality, youth empowerment, and HIV/AIDS. Read on!
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 😉