No Limits For Women For International Women's Month
Women’s Voices from the Frontlines
This forum presents women activists from frontline nations, tribes, and communities in Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Pacific Islands and other communities. They will speak from their personal experiences at the forefront of the climate emergency that threatens their very existence. These women and girls are in key leadership roles organizing to end the climate crisis while also handling a pandemic that is disproportionately bearing down on their communities.
The forum will highlight the intersection between the climate crisis and key women's issues like trafficking, racism, colonization, domestic violence, etc. Women speakers and forum participants will have opportunities to share stories of hope, commitment, and courage. We will come away more fully aware of the worldwide scope of the layers of harsh oppression women and girls face and the fight to build unity for the complete liberation of women and girls..
At intervals during the forum, we will take turns listening to each other in pairs. In this way, everyone will have a chance to process what they have heard, tell their own story, and express any feelings they have about the climate crisis. Sharing like this can be a powerful way to strengthen our resolve, commitment, and activism.
The Work of No Limits for Women, SAL and UER
It is possible to limit the effects of human-caused climate change and restore the environment—and some big changes are needed if this is to happen. Sustaining All Life (SAL), No Limits For Women (NL4W) and United to End Racism (UER) believe the environmental crisis cannot be resolved without ending sexism, racism, genocide of Indigenous peoples, classism, and other oppressions.
The impact of environmental destruction and climate change falls most heavily on the groups targeted by these oppressions, and on other vulnerable populations (including populations of people who are elderly, disabled and very young).
To build a movement powerful enough to resolve the climate crisis, SAL, NL4W and UER believe that the following barriers must be overcome: (1) longstanding divisions between nations and between groups of people caused by oppression (especially by racism, sexism, genocide of Indigenous people, and classism), (2) wide-spread feelings of discouragement and powerlessness, (3) a too-slow response to the escalating damage to the earth’s climate, (4) difficulties in effectively addressing the connections between the environmental crisis and the failures of our economic system.
We have found that these barriers are most quickly overcome as people heal from the mental and emotional harm caused by oppression. SAL, NL4W and UER events provide opportunities for people to take turns listening to each other while encouraging emotional release. We become better able to think, speak out, organize, unite, and lead others in building a sustainable world.
SAL, NL4W and UER are projects of and use the tools of Re-evaluation Counseling, which currently exists in 95 countries.