“It is increasingly evident that climate change is not about carbon emissions alone, but about an economic and political system that churns out emissions to keep its cogs turning and its growth unabated. The same system that, despite its capacity for generating financial wealth, has maintained and exacerbated poverty and inequality in its various forms.”- Majandra Rodriguez Acha
The Justice/Feminism Nexus
As climate justice advocates, we recognize the root causes of the climate crisis: that as we take from the earth to produce and consume, we also take resources, lands and rights from others to enable this process. The changing climate resulting from this exploitative process further increases disparities, as its impacts hit vulnerable populations — who have done the least to contribute to this crisis- the hardest. And among those at the frontlines of climate impacts are the bodies, lives and livelihoods of women around the world — particularly rural and indigenous women.
The impact of climate change is already causing widespread socio-economic and environmental loss and human suffering around the globe. Climate change erodes human freedoms and limits choice. While climate change affects everyone, women and men experience the impacts differently, and women are often disproportionately negatively affected. Women, compared to men, often have limited access to resources, more restricted rights, limited mobility, and a muted voice in shaping decisions and influencing policy. However, at the same time, women are uniquely positioned to be powerful agents of change in responding to climate change impacts and driving innovative solutions at all levels.
It’s clear that there are a multitude of strategies which create these cracks in oppressive systems– tireless organizing, led by women, in communities, capitals and global policy processes– persistent, engaged and courageous work. The power of strong local movements, linked to a shared vision of global challenges and inequalities. This underlines the ‘Mobilizing Women for Climate Justice’ program.
ACTIVITIES AND OBJECTIVES
“We may differ in locations but women share similar fate, struggle and injustice when it comes to climate change. We need gender equality, human rights and climate justice and the time is NOW!” – Maria Nailevu, Fiji
The Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice Campaign
The Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice Campaign is a de-centralized global campaign for gender-just climate action in preparation for COP21. The campaign calls on all women and girls from around the world to stand up for climate justice. Thousands of individuals and organizations have joined the call and pledged actions based on the campaign’s six themes: energy, economy, solutions, survival, power and climate justice.
Women Climate Justice Advocates Program
The Women Climate Justice Advocates Program supports the participation of women advocates across 8 regions, particularly from frontline communities to consult with women’s groups regionally and bring forth their work to influence the UNFCCC climate change negotiations. Women Climate Justice Advocates participate in several strategy sessions and media trainings in order to learn effective ways of amplifying their voices and getting their messages across at the international policy level.
** In Focus** Amplifying Voice & Influence: Media Training Program
During the first phase of WEDO’s media training program for women climate justice advocates, the organization partnered with communications guru and social justice advocate Celia Alario to design and implement as series of in-person trainings, webinars, mentorship and on-camera work in the lead up to COP21 in Paris. As CNN reported, even though media coverage of climate change has increased significantly, only 15% of those interviewed on climate have been women.The goal of this ongoing program is to reframe the narrative on climate change, namely to ensure women’s voices and a women’s rights perspective on climate justice are central to our cultural and political narrative around climate change and climate action.
Partnerships for Gender-Just Actions
The Partnerships for Gender-Just Actions focus on developing tools for effective implementation of gender-just actions in order to influence international policy on climate change through broad stakeholder preparation such as capacity building, advocacy, and technical support. Partners include GGCA and WECF and tools vary from webinars and publications on the linkages between climate change and gender.
7,000 individuals joined the Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice
50 campaign partners pledged actions for climate justice from 25 different countries
30 women advocates from 8 regions supported to 3 UNFCCC meetings
7 technical advocacy and media training strategy sessions
100 articles, interviews and TV spots which feature advocates of the Women and Gender Constituency, including spots on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, and feature articles in environmental outlets such as Grist. Check out key highlights from our Storify!
- Campaign Coordinating Committee
- Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)
- Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF)