The Earth Charter1 affirms the inherent dignity of all human beings and the intellectual, artistic, ethical, and spiritual potential of humanity. This dignity is essential to the respect of life on Earth in all its diversity and is also central to the mission of the Asherah Foundation. The Earth Charter is an international declaration of responsibility to certain fundamental values and principles designed for each and every country to maintain. It touches all aspects of life from community life; ecological integrity; social and economic justice; and democracy, nonviolence, and peace.
The Charter, “an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century”, is becoming recognized as a soft law internationally, being used to hold State governments morally responsible for the actions they sanction. The Earth Charter has also been used as the basis of development of hard laws and is a valuable educational tool for not just governments but organizations and individuals globally.
At the Asherah Foundation, we strive to support women working to achieve higher education. By supporting this cause, we fulfill essential responsibilities in the Earth Charter. To the Asherah Foundation, this means working to ensure equity of educational attainment for women globally.
The Earth Charter also demands care for the community of life with understanding, compassion, and love. This recognizes that with increased freedom, knowledge, and power comes increased responsibility to promote the common good. By giving women a chance at higher education, the Asherah Foundation recognizes the increased freedom higher education can provide.2 A woman’s studies provide knowledge, power, and responsibility to improve her life, and the life of those in her community.
Finally, the Earth Charter states that the eradication of poverty is an ethical, social, and environmental imperative. This need to empower every human being demands the education and resources to secure a sustainable livelihood. Additionally, this education provides social security and safety nets to empower those who are unable to support themselves. The Asherah Foundation recognizes that education is paramount to a sustainable livelihood, one in which a woman not only cares for herself but cares for many. Her education enables her to care for those who are unable to support themselves.
The Asherah Foundation honors the strength of women and their impact on communities around the world.
Support these women. Help provide access to education so they can support their community. Join the Asherah Foundation in honoring the inherent dignity of all human beings and the intellectual, artistic, ethical, and spiritual potential of humanity. Work with us to recognize this dignity which is inherent to life on Earth in all its diversity.
- Kabeer, N. (2005). Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Critical Analysis of the Third Millennium Development Goal. Gender and Development,13(1), 13-24. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.proxyau.wrlc.org/stable/20053132
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