Happy International Women’s Day from the Slick Chicks Team! We are so honored to be a part of a community of women that empower each other day in and out.
Today, March 8th, is a day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women around the world. International Women’s Day celebrates the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. The day is also a time to reflect on these achievements and strive for a greater momentum towards a gender equal and gender-based violence-free world.
This year’s theme is “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow.” This theme was put in place to celebrate the contributions of women pushing for progressive responses to climate change, mitigation, and building a more sustainable future for everyone in their communities.
In honor of this year’s theme, we wanted to highlight a few women today who are fighting exponentially for sustainable change. You may recognize a few names (...Jane Goodall anyone?), but we hope that you learn about some new ones as well.
Jane Goodall is a respected primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist who’s 55-year (and counting!) study on chimpanzees revolutionized primatology. Apart from her groundbreaking research, Goodall’s passion for sustainability has encompassed her daily work. The Jane Goodall Institute has launched several projects surrounding sustainability throughout the years including projects around sustainability education, food production, and waste reduction. To read more about the current projects Goodall is forefronting, visit the official Jane Goodall Institute website.
Isatou Ceesay is an activist and social entrepreneur known as the “Queen of Recycling.” In 1997, Ceesay co-founded a recycling center in her native village in Northern Gambia. From there, her love for educating others inspired her to start the One Plastic Bag movement. Through this movement, Ceesay has taught Gambian women to turn plastic waste into sellable products. Today, Ceesay’s movement has personally impacted over 11,000 people across Gambian communities.
Vandana Shiva is an environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, and ecofeminist. Shiva’s work in agriculture started after her witnessing the violence in Punjab and the Bhopal disaster. Since then, she has tirelessly worked to promote biodiversity in agriculture in order to increase productivity, nutrition, and income of farmers globally and has started the Navdanya movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity.
Greta Thunberg is an environmental activist whose climate changes efforts have been noticed on an international stage this past year. At only 19 years old, Thunberg has already begun her own movement and challenged world leaders to take action towards climate change mitigation. Her original School Strike For Climate movement has inspired other young students to engage in similar activism around the world through her newly established Fridays For Future movement.