Last updated on: 2/4/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Vandana Shiva, PhD Biography

Title:
Founding Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy
Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“In certain situations where this new corporate agriculture and globalization is destroying farming and agriculture, employment is collapsing and we are finding that there is an absolute explosion of prostitution. …[W]omen are selling their bodies to survive. And this growth in prostitution is not a choice that women are making. It’s the ultimate destitution into which they are being pushed by the forces of globalization. Women would much rather work with nature, produce food, look after communities and be independent. There’s two kinds of survival – there’s survival with dignity, simplicity, and autonomy and then there’s the kind of survival that globalization is pushing people into – survival with violence, indignity, and total destitution.”

Interview with Teen Talking Circles Project, 2004

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Faculty Member, Bija Vidyapeeth, 2004-present
  • Founder, Navdanya, 1991-present
  • Founding Director, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy, 1982-present
  • Former Researcher, Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
  • Board Member, International Forum on Globalization
  • Pellegrino Artusi Award, 2000
  • Pride of the Doon, Doon Citizen Council, Dehra Dun, India, 1995
  • Right Livelihood Award, 1993
  • Global 500 Award, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 1993
  • Order of the Golden Ark, Netherlands, 1993
  • Vida Sana, Spain, 1993
Education:
  • PhD, University of Western Ontario, 1978
  • MA, Particle Science, University of Western Ontario
Other:
  • None found