Eco-feminism at the launch of the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum, 2018

Rural Futures: Social-Environmental-Economic Interdependence

October 31, 2018, Guwahati – Through the perspective of Ecofeminism, the 6 th edition of the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum 2018, on 1st and 2nd November 2018 at The Lily Hotel, Guwahati, Assam, India, will put forth the idea that life in nature is maintained through co-operation, mutual care and love and aims to bring about gender equality and embrace the interdependence and connections humans have with the Earth.

Since its inception, Balipara Foundation has focused on creating community-based conservation models in the Eastern Himalayas and bringing into focus diverse topics for discussion that have a direct impact towards Rural Futures: Social-Environmental-Economic Interdependence, including gender neutrality and empowering grassroots leaders.

Dr. Vandana Shiva, Indian Scholar and Inspirational leader Navdanya, who has emphasized that “the empowerment of women and the preservation of biodiversity go hand in hand” will deliver the welcome address at the Forum on 1 st Nov. She has also stated that women are creators of life, natural care-givers and custodians of our food security.

The press conference was addressed by Akeina Gonmei, a grassroots leader and social activist from Nagaland, who advocates for women’s land rights and fosters biodiversity conservation in her region by working closely with women. “By integrating rural livelihood with women economic empowerment and conservation, we are helping societies break out of poverty, ensuring education for the future generation and protecting our natural resources” said Rhea Hussain, Rural Futures Livelihoods, Balipara Foundation.

"The key thought here is that ecofeminism facilitates an alternate, more humane understanding of the world. Through the platform of the Forum we are bringing forth all such ideas and key components of the Rural Futures Framework”, said Karishma Ahmed, Balipara Foundation.

“At Balipara Foundation we believe that Storytelling is a fundamental way by which we can trigger change. By communicating stories of strong women and grassroots leaders, who inspire others in their communities, we are building a positive narrative around the role of women, children and men in conservation for building prosperous communities” -said Varsha Wadhwani, Communications, Balipara Foundation.

Manini Bansal, who is the managing editor and visual storyteller of Dakshin Foundation shared about the Eastern Himalayan Conservation workshop she conducted with children of Balipara and Guwahati through the platform of the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum and believes that through storytelling you can inculcate love and appreciation for nature in young children.

Arita Kashyap spoke about integrating rural livelihood through preserving the ancient art of weaving by local artisans through WUYA and Naturenomics™ Bazaar. Ann Nowak, a brand storyteller highlighted the significance of the platform towards establishing new projects that impact Rural Futures.

The Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics™ Forum has once again embarked on its journey to bring together Communities, Universities, Government, Non-Profits, Donors and Media Professionals from all around to engage in a dialogue to explore business models, policy reforms, technology, etc., to identify drivers and innovative ideas for community conservation. A major highlight of the event will be the Balipara Foundation Awards on the evening of 2nd November that will recognize 16 new Earth Heroes, who put into action innovative solutions for ecological restoration and inspire others.

Press Contact for Balipara Foundation
Varsha Wadhwani
Balipara Foundation

Bobby Dutta Barua
Chief PR Officer
Balipara Foundation
+91 98641 16406

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