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“I have already gone to jail twice. I am not afraid to go again. I will continue to fight for my land till I get full ownership. This is the only asset I have. With this, I was able to earn a living and educate my two daughters,” Ms. Kham Sagleng told me when I met her in Bann Pae Tai Village of Lamphun Province in Thailand. Tears rolled down as she spoke.
I was intrigued by the sight of blue water bottles lined up in front of many houses and small shops as I traveled to Cheutiel Phlous Krom village, Kanchor commune, Chhlong district, Kraite Province in Cambodia. This little town is located on the banks of the majestic Mekong River. These bottles are kept to be refilled with clean drinking water from the water purification plant established in the village, a team member informed me. The plant is managed and operated by the village women who look after the business with some support from the Commune Council.
Today leading international experts on climate change, the IPCC, presented their latest report on the impacts of climate change on humanity, and what we can do about it. It’s a lengthy report, so we’ve shrunk it down to Oxfam’s five key takeaways on climate change and hunger.
“We stood on the highway and stopped vehicles to collect money for the establishment of our village health post. Men in the village ridiculed us when we sought their support for the health post building”. Narbada Oli explained to me. She is a women’s group member of Chhinchu village in Surkhet district of Nepal. Men in the village challenged us that if we were an empowered women’s group then why we couldn’t mobilise resources for the health post.