At Navdanya Farm, Diverse Women of the world will plant Seeds of Freedom and Gardens of Hope, and communities from India and other parts of the globe will celebrate the Voices of Diversity, the Sacred Mother Earth, the Law of Ecology and Regeneration, Biodiversity, Seed, Food and the Web of Life.
The program will continue in Charba for a celebration of the Gift of Seed, and in Ponta Gurudwara for a celebration of the Gift of Food, and end at Navdanya Farm for the colebration of Holi with natural colors, as well as Women’s Day.
Mahila Anna Swaraj is Navdanya’s programme for women’s food sovereignty. It is based on celebrating and rejuvenating women’s knowledge and skills in biodiversity conservation, sustainable agriculture and food production and in artisanal organic food processing.
Traditionally, women have been the keepers and breeders of seed, as well as the food producers and processors. Mahila Anna Swaraj reclaims women’s seed sovereignty and seed knowledge by creating Community Seed Banks. It also reclaims food sovereignty, and in so doing empowers women economically and gives society healthy, safe, tasty and nutritious food. Navdanya promotes kitchen gardens both in schools and in the framework of the women’s food sovereignty program.
At the international level, Mahila Anna Swaraj is organized as Diverse Women for Diversity. Diverse Women for Diversity echoes women’s voices from the local and grassroots level to global fora and international negotiations. Its focus is biodiversity, food and water. It seeks to strengthen women’s grassroots movements and provide women with a common international platform.
The future of the next generations can only be safeguarded by choosing the path of care and respect for the Earth, which implies a profound transition of the global economic, cultural and environmental paradigm.
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