(Eco-) Feminism in numbers
I once saw a woman wear a badge with a very catchy slogan: ‘Destroy the patriarchy, not the planet’. As radical as that may have sounded, she made a great point: there is definitely a connection between the exploitation of women and the exploitation of Mother Earth. To quote Ana Sandoval, a land defender and feminist activist from Guatemala: “In the end, all the struggles have the same objective: the defense of life.” This Women’s Day, let’s celebrate both feminism and the green movement for fighting hand in hand to protect and empower the voiceless. Here are some poignant statistics to inspire you. Happy Women’s Day!
1: The position of environment or energy portfolios amongst ministerial positions held by women (jumping from third place to top spot in one year).
10: The number of years needed to switch to 100% clean, renewable energy, according to feminist politician Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez’s Green New Deal.
40: BILLION − The number of hours a year women in sub–Saharan Africa spend collecting water. (In Malawi, women collect water for 9.1 hours per week compared to 1.1 hours for men).
60: The number of years Jane Goodall (now 88) has been studying and protecting wild chimpanzees.
70: The percentage of health, care and service workers during the pandemic that were women.
71: The percentage of UK women committed to ethical living, compared to just 59% of men.
80: The number of female scientists who met up during the Homeward Bound Antarctica expedition to make planet–saving plans.
80: The percentage of people displaced by climate change that are women.
fall|winter 20 preview
In January, I presented my newest FW20 collection during a show full of dance and entertainment in Rotterdam. All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses, powerful female icons from past and present. And for FW20, my muse will be crime writer Agatha Christie. A few months from now, you will get to discover the collections, and see how they tell stories like Agatha’s thrilling books do..
Running for your life
Dr. Bram Bakker is a psychiatrist, a writer, a runner and a provocateur. With his many bestselling books and columns – and yes, even his own theatre show – he urges us to think outside the box when it comes to our mental health. Not crazy about popping pills? Bram shared some interesting alternatives with me, from throwing out our phones to running ‘till we puke’.
Peas & peppers instead of pills
General practitioner Tamara de Weijer believes that we would feel a lot better if we hit the produce stand before we visited the pharmacy. “On a massive scale, we have been putting the wrong kind of fuel in our bodies.”
Singles Day – You’ve Got this!
All the single ladies, listen up! With single women rapidly becoming the majority, it is high time to stop feeling singled out. This Singles Day, let’s celebrate our freedom and independence by sharing all those solo milestones that make us go: ‘You’ve got this!’.