The Social and Cultural Impact of the Environment on Women

Dr. Alexandra V. Momdjan
Vice-President, Academy of Creative Endeavors
President, International Women’s Center
Russia

On behalf of the delegation of the Academy of Creative Endeavors and the International Women’s Center (I.W.C.), `Women’s Future’, I would like to sincerely thank the President of the Biopolitics International Organisation, Dr. Agni Vlavianos-Arvanitis, for inviting me to take part in this ceremonial presentation of our organizations. We would also like to thank all those who have helped in organizing this meeting and have come here today to meet with us.

Our Academy began working in 1989. It is a new initiative in the field of science and culture; an independent, non-governmental organization, working according to the principles of the world’s foremost academies and conducting activities in the direction of societal consolidation and the creative development of science and culture. The International Women’s Center was launched in order to help women and children in societal, legal, medical and other humanitarian fields. Our delegation includes scientists, members of our Academy, laureates honored with prestigious awards, a parliamentary member and workers of the Center.

Greece is known to be a country of great traditions, rich in culture, science and philosophy. It is not by accident that the embryonic stages of all modern schools and trends of philosophy found their beginning among the ideas of ancient Greek philosophy. Nor is it any accident that Greece is the birthplace of the Biopolitics International Organisation.

This organization has been gaining significant scientific and intellectual potential. It was founded by Dr. A. Vlavianos-Arvanitis in order to solve the pressing problems facing our civilization. We hope that relations between the Biopolitics International Organisation, the Academy of Creative Endeavors and the International Women’s Center will be stable and will help in the understanding and solution of the many problems facing humanity.

We are living in an age in which the development of society is affected not only by national, historical, social, economic, political and cultural conditions, but also by the entire community of the world. In this modern stage of history, the problem of development has gained a new meaning. It has grown into a concept of global understanding.

Modern approaches to development include the following: life (bios) must be philosophically and scientifically understood with reference to the standard of living indicators in different models of human civilization. The interdependence of all aspects of human living activities is the determinant feature of our society. We should stress that today, as never before, the pursuit of economic interests has combined with the idea of reaching ethical maxima.

The concept of ethical and moral imperatives on the level of collective comprehension by humanity dictates the necessity of new ethics and of new principles in policy realization at national and international levels. These principles must be oriented towards the formation of a new mechanism of realization based on a value common to humanity: their fundamental `oneness’.

Everyone understands that national borders mean nothing to climatic changes and ecological disasters. Economic crises and wars also affect the interests of all. Therefore, a worldwide society is a reality. It is far from a just social order, yet the need for understanding its necessity arises. Common interests and tasks of preserving life in all countries dictate the urgency of new ethics and a new policy.

In terms of biopolitics, people are interdependent: our planet and surrounding space are a single organism. Acknowledging this fact leads to a global consciousness closely oriented to a scientific picture of the world. The conceptual pivot of such thinking is that Newton’s paradigm must be replaced by an ecological one. This new paradigm would consider all the biological, psychological, economic and social phenomena to be organically interdependent.

The concept of unity is becoming the symbol of the new century’s beliefs. Its main features consist of analytically breaking apart the old paradigm and removing the existing contradictions between nature and society and between spirit and matter.

The formation of a new consciousness is necessary for the adoption of this new paradigm. It is becoming one of the central tasks in approaching the new century. The new consciousness must lead to self-improvement and to a receptiveness of positive experience. It should bind humans closely to life and to the environment and expose creative potential. It is a transformed consciousness, a revolution of the self. This revolution is oriented towards individual, common and global values. Moreover, the level of values and knowledge about life that have been reached by humanity should provide an adequate path for change.

By viewing history as a definite chain of changes, actions, formations, states, cultures, and civilizations, thinkers of all ages tried to find stable criteria of social progress. Historical investigations show that this problem has its specific solution technique in all societies. Among such objective facts, one incontestable indicator of development and civilization is the role of women in society. Despite any differences in social, cultural and political life, a woman in all her individuality is the natural carrier of society’s stability, the unity of humanity and the stability of civilization.

A woman integrates different roles and functions and at the same time has strong feelings of social optimism. This is why a woman determines the natural aspect of life, world and development. Nature has given woman the unique function of reproduction and the preservation of humanity. It has entrusted woman with the role of life carrier. One statistical fact serves as a reminder to this: every year 90 million children are born 90 million human lives.

However, the actual position of women never corresponds to their high calling. Even now there is no society where all the social, legal, medical and other problems of women have been solved. Moreover, different forms of discrimination against women in political, economic, social and cultural fields still exist. For example, according to United Nations statistics, there are more illiterate women than men in the world. An investigation in one of the Asian countries found that boys younger than 5 years old got 26% more food than girls. During times of famine, the girls were the first to suffer.

We seldom see women in leadership roles. There are few female state leaders in the world. Women are in the minority in national parliaments and within the leadership structure of the United Nations. It is no secret that economic crises affect women first and policy is only rarely directed at improving women’s status in economic and financial terms.

The prerequisite for a positive social evolution is the free, socially independent, healthy woman. Therefore, in the age of active leadership and great discussions about power and freedom we should not forget the influence of women on society.

It seems that within the system of global problems, the issue of women and ecology should be a priority and should find its own place in such an organization as the Biopolitics International Organisation. In our understanding, this organization with its new approach to the world, is capable of attracting humanity’s attention to the problem of this new paradigm of our age.

 


Dr. Alexandra Momdjan is President of the International Women’s Center `Women’s Future'; Vice-President of the Academy of Creative Endeavours; Member of the Organizing Committee for Women’s Summit (Reikijavik, 1992), Coordinator of the UNESCO Program `World Decade of Cultural Development’.