Trina Moyles

Women Who Dig

Women Who Dig weaves together the narratives of female farmers and farm workers across three continents, from eight countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, the United States of America, Canada, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, and Cuba. A mix of travel writing and feminism, Women Who Dig is a critical look at how women are responding to and, increasingly, rising up against, the injustices of the global food system.

Organized by country, the narrative travels into the heart of women farmers’ experiences and worldviews, examining the challenges they face in their local environments, with issues ranging from maternal health, traditional gender roles and patriarchy, access to land and land ownership, gender abuse and domestic violence, political and economic marginalization, and a rapidly changing climate. Women Who Dig explores on a personal level the ways women are responding, individually and collectively, to overcome the barriers they face to innovate and grow food.

Rights available: World, excluding North America (University of Regina Press)

Category: Narrative Non-fiction   


Trina Moyles is a freelance writer, journalist, photographer, human rights activist, and community organizer. Her works of fiction and poetry have been published in many literary journals, and her journalism in many magazines and websites.  Over the past ten years, Moyles has worked intimately with rural organizations and communities in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba, Canada, and East Africa. She focuses her research and writing on human rights education, food security, nutrition, potable water, and gender equality. In 2010, she founded Ceiba Association, a youth-run organization to promote social justice in local and global communities. She lives in Peace River, Alberta.

Follow Trina on Twitter at: @trinamoyles

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