Not without us! Climate justice and gender justice in international climate politics
"Not without us" was launched in 2017 to promote the integration of gender justice in international climate politics and within the global climate justice movement.
Selected activists and gender experts from environmental groups and women’s organisations, primarily from the Global South, will be supported in their attempts to connect local struggles for climate and gender justice with the UNFCCC process, enabling networking with other actors.
The Not Without us!-project at COP23
In November 2017 the project team finally met again in Bonn to attend COP23 and contributed to the civil society activities during this COP. Throughout the year each participant has been informing herself about one focal topic that has direct impacts on local level as well as it is negotiated under the UNFCCC. These topics are agriculture, forestry, REDD+, market mechanisms as well as the human rights approach within the APA. Around COP23 the project team organised also two events, one during the People’s Climate Summit "Women for Climate Justice: a workshop for building strategies", where women from grassroots climate movements were able to share their stories and experiences with forestry projects, agricultural corporations and extraction industries. The other event took place as a side event within the Bonn Zone and was organised jointly with the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation that also supports the project. The speakers shared their experiences on the local impacts of climate policies and mechanisms offered by the UNFCCC, and explained why they are considered as being false solutions and put forward their demands for more gender-just solutions.
This year, the project will be continued to develop advocacy strategies for each focal topic and demands towards the Parties’ delegations. Find more details on the events here.
Check out the conclusions about the UNFCCC intersessionals of the project team
“Pull out big polluters from business sectors from the negotiations is a very important issue. We need to have a clear definition and indicators to involve only those who are contributing to the solutions of the climate crisis in the negotiation” concluded Dinda Nuur Annisaa Yura, participant of the “Not without us!” project after she attended a UNFCCC session first time of her life for one week. Dinda Yura, Ndivile Mokoena and Melissa Moreano summarised their individual experiences of the sessions in three articles (see downloads). Their stories provide you with an impression of the negotiations from an activist’s point of view and you can read about their reflections on the progress (or deadlock?) in their focal topics: Agriculture, REDD+ and conflict of interests within the UNFCCC. They do know what is at stake at local or national level and give you a sense of what is going on at the international level.
Find the article by Dinda Nuur Annisaa Yura (Soildaritas Perempuan, Indonesia) about the influence of the fossil fuel industry on the climate negotiations at the right side. The article by Ndivile Mokoena (GenderCC Southern Africa) focuses on the discourse on agriculture and Melissa Moreano (Critical Geography Collective in Ecuador) writes about the developments on REDD+.
Capacity building workshop: Linking gender and climate justice to the UNFCCC process
On 7 May, 2017 GenderCC and LIFE e.V. with the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation was hosting a capacity building workshop on how to link struggles for gender and climate justice to the UNFCCC process. The workshop took place ahead of the forty-sixth Session of the Subsidiary Bodies in Bonn. Gender and climate justice activists from different parts of the world came together to develop strategies for linking their work on the ground to the international climate negotiations.
Webinar: "From global to local, linking climate & gender justice struggles to the UNFCCC"
On April 20, the project got underway with a webinar hosted by GenderCC and LIFE e.V. The speakers were Ndivile Mokoena (South Africa), Melissa Moreano (Ecuador), Dinda Nuur Annisaa Yura (Indonesia), and Patricia Bohland (Germany), with Nanna Birk (Germany) providing an input on gender advocacy within the UNFCCC, and Kate Cahoon (Australia/Germany) as facilitator. The discussion focused on how their work is connected to the global climate movement and the international climate negotiations, as well as how this space can be used to promote climate justice and gender justice.
The project is a cooperation between GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice and LIFE e.V. It is supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung with funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany.