Synopses & Reviews
In Women Healing Earth noted theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether brings together illuminating writings of fourteen Latin American, Asian, and African women on the meaning of eco-theological issues in their own contexts - and the implications they have for women in the first world. Ruether has spent the last several years exploring the environmental crisis, the roles of religion and feminists, and what third-world women have to say. Ecofeminists in the North must listen carefully to women in the South since common problems can only be solved by understanding cultural and historical differences. When women of the South reflect on ecological themes, these questions are rooted in life and death matters, not in theory, nor statistics. As Ruether writes, "Deforestation means women walking twice as far each day to gather wood .... Pollution means children in shantytowns dying of dehydration from unclean water". Impoverishment of the environment equals literal impoverishment for the vast majority of people on the planet. In addressing the intertwining issues of ecology, of class and race, of religion and its liberative elements, Women Healing Earth offers profound insights for all women and men involved in the struggles to overcome violence against women and nature, and to ensure ecological preservation and social justice.
Table of Contents
Pt. 1. Latin America. The Trinity and human experience : an ecofeminist approach / Ivone Gebara -- In us life grows : an ecofeminist point of view / Mercedes Canas -- Latin America's poor women : inherent guardians of life / Gladys Parentelli -- Foreigners : a multicultural dialogue / Janet W. May -- After five centuries of mixings, who are we? : Walking with our dark grandmother's feet / Mary Judith Ress -- Pt. 2. Asia. Let us survive : women, ecology and development / Vandana Shiva -- Toward a feminist eco-theology for India / Aruna Gnanadason -- The world as the body of God : feminist perspectives on ecology and social justice / Gabriele Dietrich -- Reclaiming earth-based spirituality : indigenous women in the Cordillera / Victoria Tauli-Corpuz -- The forbidden tree and the year of the Lord / Sun Ai Lee-Park -- Pt. 3. Africa. Earth-healing in South Africa : challenges to church and mosque / Denise Ackermann and Tahira Joyner -- Shona women and the Mutupo principle / Tumani Mutasa Nyajeka -- Revisiting traditional management of indigenous woodlands / Sara C. Mvududu -- The Chisumphi cult : the role of women in preserving the environment / Isabel Apawo Phiri -- The Gikuyu theology of land and environmental justice / Teresia Hinga.