"Let me do the best I can, with what I can, for those I can, in the time I can!"Prayer from Atocha
My name is Jytte Nhanenge. I am a Danish woman living in Mozambique. My first name is Danish, which I received at birth. My last name is Mozambican, which I received by marriage. Nhanenge is a concept the people of the Mozambican Chopi tribe use for a person who travels a lot. The name fits well to me, since I have traveled much and lived in many places, foremost in the beautiful Africa.
I am deeply concerned about global poverty, the effects of which kill 50,000 people daily, the majority being children. I worked with development in Africa for many years, but I had to conclude that in its present form, development cannot alleviate poverty. I then settled in Mozambique and embarked on a lengthy study period at University of South Africa (UNISA), as an external student. I was searching for the root cause of poverty with the aim of finding a way to alleviate it. That search took me far and wide and it lasted almost 13 years. During my studies, I came to realize that poverty and inequality, together with other global crises - including war and violence, human rights abuses, and environmental degradation - all derive from the same source: patriarchal domination. It is a complex dualist and reductionist perceptual system that prioritizes all considered masculine or yang, while subordinating all being feminine or yin. At the end of my studies, I wrote a dissertation on the subject, which was well received at examination. Having secured a publishing contract, I rewrote the dissertation into book form, and in 2011, University Press of America (Rowman and Littlefield) published the book. The title is, "Ecofeminism: Towards Integrating the Concerns of Women, Poor People, and Nature into Development." The book is available on the website of the publishers Rowman and Littlefield.