Women's Work: A Call for Recognition

"Our children are sacred too. But our policies let them down."

May 31, 2018

Communities in the San Joaquin Valley rally for the health and wellbeing of their children while some policymakers threaten to cut access to food through the farm bill.

"Hunger is an Issue of Justice": Lessons from refugee youth in San Diego

February 22, 2018

Youth leadership is key to build an inclusive and just  food system. This photo essay captures the voices of immigrant and refugee youth in San Diego who are advocating for the well being of their communities.

Decolonization in Action: Mãori Town Revives Language

September 18, 2017

Otaki, a town of nearly 6,000 in the Kapiti coast district of New Zealand, is on the forefront of a sensational revival of Māori language and culture. 

Climate change and conflict: Manipuri women are fighting a war for survival on two fronts

March 29, 2017

Women in Manipur, India, are on the frontlines of climate change and conflict and are demanding recognition of their roles as peace builders, human rights defenders and advocates for sustainable development.

Why Defending Human Rights is Women's Work

March 8, 2017

Women human rights defenders in the U.S. are building solidarity across movements to resist xenophobia, transphobia, and repression of free speech and protect the right to dissent.

How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From Nepal to California

March 8, 2016

In the face of corporate domination, economic injustice, and climate change, movements led by women offer a revolutionary path.         

The Seed-Saving Farmers Who Pass Down Land to Their Daughters

Jan 8, 2016

In northeastern India's mountainous state of Meghalaya, youngest daughters inherit the land—and the ancient food heritage of their mothers.         

October 23, 2015

Asha Kowtal and the Dalit Women's Self-Respect March traveled across Northern India to document the ongoing violence against women who were once branded as "untouchable." Now, they're raising new leaders, and finding allies in Black Lives Matter.

In the Land of My Ancestors

October 12, 2015

Ann Marie Sayers is a rare example of a Native woman who continues to live in her ancestral land near California's famed Silicon Valley. Indian Canyon is the only federally recognized Indian country for over 300 miles from Sonoma to the coast of Santa Barbara.

Drought Relief Bill Threatens to Drown Sacred Sites

August 26, 2015

The Shasta Dam displaced the Winnemem Wintu tribe and drowned 90 percent of their sacred and ceremonial grounds. Now, a $1.3 billion drought relief bill threatens to destroy the fragile remnants of the tribe's cultural and spiritual sites.

My photo essay published in Truthout on community healing walks organized by Native American environmental advocates that raise awareness on environmental racism experienced by people of color communities living near the five large oil refineries in the northeast San Francisco Bay Area.

My photo essay published in Reimagine Race, Poverty and Environment on how immigrant Latina domestic workers are building personal and collective power for economic justice and worker rights and dignity.

Changing the Narrative

May 16, 2015

My article published in Intercontinental Cry on the Standing On Sacred Ground film series, which reveals profound insights on the significance of sacred lands & Indigenous worldviews.

When Invisible Lives Become Visible

March 23, 2015

My photo essay published in Women's News Network on feminization of agriculture and the need to recognize and value the profound contributions of women farmers in India. 

The Female Face Of Agriculture in India

February 16, 2015

In the Indian Himalayas a pair of bulls works 1,064 hours, a man 1,212 hours, and a woman 3,485 hours in a year on a one-hectare farm, a figure which illustrates women’s significant contribution to agricultural production.

Food & Agriculture Organization, UN

Climate Change Solutions: What Do Women's Rights Have To Do With It?

April 22, 2013

In 2013, I had the immense privilege of traveling for six weeks through central and eastern India to engage in a dialogue with grassroots women’s groups. These women are raising their voices on deeply complex and gravely serious human rights issues. For example, they are advocating for indigenous peoples in Chhattisgarh, who risk being displaced by a dam.

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