Known for her numerous actions to promote eco-feminist struggles in the South, Vandana Shiva (1952), is an Indian philosopher and environmental activist. Trained as a physicist, she discovered the Chipko movement in the 1970s, while still a student. This group of Indian village women protesting against the deforestation of the Himalayan forest by hugging trees inspired her and marked the beginning of her commitment. She then became one of the most active spokespersons of the movement. Transformed by this experience, Vandana Shiva founded the Navdanya association in 1991, which promotes organic, traditional and peasant agriculture to defend the sovereignty of workers over their seeds and thus protect the environment. Women play an essential role in this association and lead an environmental, social and political struggle. As the instigator of the movement, Vandana Shiva was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize in 1993 "for placing women and ecology at the heart of the discourse on modern development". Today she is the head of the Research Foundation for sciences, technology and natural resources policy. Her books include Ecofeminism, co-authored with Maria Mies, and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development, which has become a reference in ecofeminist literature.